You stated what I find most the disturbing about this show because ever since her pinky was chopped off, the show has positioned Serena as someone to sympathize with. What with June holding her hand in solitary. I repeat, in solidarity. The show drew parallels between Serena Joy and the Handmaid she’s just held down to be raped. With the Handmaid being the main source of comfort. It wasn’t a contrast, its as if as if by suffering that laughable punishment, she’s now on pare with the oppressed in the regime.
So yes, the show does want us to feel for Serena when she agonizes over the baby she raped into being then stole from her mother. They want us to see her “letting her go” as honorable. It is verbatim what June herself said. June felt so strongly that she saddled the kid, for a lifetime, with a name to reflected that feeling.
Now they expect us to see her as tortured over that honorable decision and find the back and forth compelling
This show lost every shred of credibility the moment they decided to showcase Serena Joy in this light.