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Remember, there's no point trying to be tough or brave. Everybody breaks. Tell them everything.

Nick advises Offred how to endure an interrogation[1]

They drive in matte black long-wheelbase Ford Transit vans with tinted windows and winged eyes painted on the sides. They occasionally wear small items, like pins, that also bear the eyes insignia, along with dark sunglasses. According to June Osborne, anyone could be an Eye and you wouldn't know until it is too late—although the organization seems to be made up solely of loyal and subservient men, it is possible they also use women, like Marthas in households[2], as spies and informants. In addition to monitoring and spying upon the general populace, the Eyes also make arrests and harshly interrogate suspects. It is heavily implied they mercilessly torture suspects to their deaths or, if they elect to keep prisoners alive for the foreseeable future, will blackmail them to get the answers they want[citation needed].

According to Commander Pryce, the Eyes have a uniformed corps that serves as a visible face, but they gather most intelligence using under plainclothes operatives[2].

Sons of Jacob coup[]

The Sons of Jacob who takes over under agreement of those Provisional Government who were part of the pre masscre group. Decided to combined the resources of the CIA who had been banned from conducting operations on US soil and complete takeover of all law enforcement would use their resources of intelligence, interrogation, torture (CIA methods) Wire Taping (FBI and NSA plus law enforcement) and form a all in one entity called the Eyes. It would give those loyal to the takeover the ability to buildup a police state.



Black van from the Eyes

An "Eye of God" painted on a black van


Plainclothes Operatives[]

Unofficial Collaborator[]

Business Associates[]

  • Beth (alcohol supply)

Report Chains[]

  • Guthrie's Martha  Nick
  • Guthrie's aide  Nick
  • Nick  Pryce

Mentions and activities[]

After The Takeover[]

The escape agent of June and Luke destroys their cell phones because "they can track these things, location services or not"[3].

Before the main storyline[]

Two guards lead Commander Guthrie into an office building of the Eyes. Nick reports to a pleased Commander Pryce that Guthrie has been sleeping with his last two Handmaids and is skimming from the transportation budget, according to his aide and his Martha. Pryce then reminds Nick to "be chiefly reporting on the activities of his own Commander" and regrets the loss in the Waterfords' household. He concludes "We are going to clean up Gilead, son".[2]

Present time[]

At the gate of the Waterfords' house, Ofglen warns Offred that an Eye is a member of her household[4].

While driving Offred home alone, Nick is asked by Offred about Ofglen's arrest, and he tells her to remember she "can't change" this and "being tough or brave" won't work because "everybody breaks", and she should "tell them everything". Offred then sees a black van parked in the drive, to which Nick apologizes he "couldn't stop them". Inside the house, Offred is interrogated and electrotortured by an Eye and Aunt Lydia about Ofglen. She answers as honestly as possible, omitting the fact that Ofglen is a member of a rebel network, but admitting that she knew Ofglen was a 'Gender Traitor', When they ask why she didn't report the conversation. Offred replies that Ofglen was her friend. Nick later brings her ice for her injuries. He confesses he wished he'd just driven away with her [1] .

In a hotel room of the brothel, Mr. Waterford tells Offred that he feels "a target on his back" since he has been hearing from "purges" in other districts, fearing the Eyes could go after him, too. Offred supposes that this is what happens when you're the boss[2].

Beth is trading with Nick bottles of alcoholic beverages and additional contraband for other illicit goods, such as prescription drugs and pregnancy tests that are used by the customers or working girls of the brothel. Nick formally comments the trade with "The Eyes thank you for your service". [2]


Spying (Includes taping Cell phones)

Border Patrol (As mentioned by Nick)

Arrest suspects (Has arrested millions)

Police Patrol


  • Nick trades with Beth on behalf of the Eyes, i.e. the Eyes' administration tolerates drug trafficking (in a certain measure).
  • The Eyes could be seen as the direct antagonist of Mayday, as both are clandestine networks seeking to defeat one another.
  • Nick Reveals in The Wilderness to Commander Lawrence that the Eyes is the Border patrol and has the discretion. Previously thought it was Guardians.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Episode 3, "Late"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Episode 1.8, "Jezebels"
  3. Episode 1.7, "The Other Side"
  4. Episode 1.1, "Offred"