TV Review: Homeland S04E12 “Long Time Coming”

If there’s anything Homeland has taught me over the course of four seasons, it is not to make expectations. Because it just keeps on thwarting them — be it the conventional standards of television or just my fickle theories about the show. Weeks before the finale, I was speculating on how Homeland will package itself in its fifth season and how the late casting of the Mathison matriarch will enrich Carrie’s side of character drama. I once said that Homeland, post-Brody, will be focused on a new villain per season (like 24), instantly assuming that Carrie and co. will defeat terrorists; while the mom-storyline would deepen Carrie’s personal story as long as it is integrated to the season-long conflict. Watching “Long Time Coming” made me realized the futility of these theories because the show continuously defies them, for better or worse. Ignoring the misstep on Carrie’s mom, the S04 finale proves that Homeland isn’t just audacious on hacking off characters but also its stealth of subverting expectations even if you think you’re already familiar with the show. Lacking the conspicuous explosions and whiplash of the past season finales, “Long Time Coming” is a delicate and cunning maneuver for the show moving forward. It may have painted mixed feedback after the initial viewing but once its gutting final scene sinks in, it will make you realize that the clever anti-climatic closer is dedicated to the show’s discerning viewer.


To be honest, “Long Time Coming” had the same effect on me as E10’s befuddling belt scene. But E12 was the grand culmination of character arcs that made me cheer for it more. To borrow words from critics, the finale was quiet (set in the serene suburb) but disquieting; it finds Carrie, Saul and Quinn settled back in the States after the nightmarish stint in Islamabad but being home became unsettling once the larger picture loomed before them. Some would say that the finale’s featured twist was actually not having a twist at all and that last week’s reveal of Dar Adal was a blindsiding narrative push. But for me, I award the stupefying twist of the season to Saul who successfully betrayed every ounce of compassion he earned during his Taliban ordeal. Saul’s desperation in scoring a CIA comeback tastes like bile because his actions led to bitter consequences. It was his self-righteousness that entangled him with terrorists and trickled to the annihilation of 36 Americans whom he’s now willing to bury just to plant himself back to the Agency. I still don’t understand why Dar is so ardent in securing Saul’s tenure, to the point of negotiating with Haissam Haqqani in exchange of the video which is the only impediment to Saul’s imminent return. Does Dar have a hidden agenda in helping to reinstall Saul? Their team up is an interesting set-up that rattles the restored dynamic between Saul and Carrie. I, for one, wasn’t looking forward on seeing Saul back in Langley but I am amazed on how the writers shifted angles on keeping him relevant this season: he was initially pushed away by Carrie from her orbit and becomes the emotional torque at the middle of the story and burns the bridge and build a new one pillared by his relentless ambition in the last episode. It’s vague if Saul is smeared by power he was conferred in S03 (though he made it clear before that he wasn’t the politicking type) or he simply wasn’t the man who he seemed was as Carrie’s former touchstone. I came to think that Saul the bear is actually an opportunistic predator who pries himself to the CIA just to serve his own self-interest. In the end, it was not Dar who’s playing the con game after all, but Saul. His S04 journey trekked from sympathetic to frustrating yet it was very effective. The searing final sequence of him and Carrie staring at each other was a muted yet potent moment that punctures what was the patched wound before the finale. I am cautiously optimistic of Saul’s position next year but I’m certainly looking forward on Mandy Patinkin and F. Murray Abraham who deftly slither as the Agency’s sly old timers. They’re an excellent foil against their protégés but apart from the spy stuff, there’s a lot to be talked about between Carrie and Quinn.


After 32 episodes, the kiss (that finally sailed the ship) has arrived and for those who are scratching their heads on the suddenness of Carrie and Quinn’s romance, you aren’t paying attention in the past three seasons. It was definitely long time coming in the show’s private psyche, aside from the domestic conflict arising in Carrie’s mother. Homeland became far-fetched and laborious when it concentrated on Carrie and Brody’s romance but I believe that her relationship with Quinn better serves the show thematically. More than just the serial adventure of patriotism, what differentiates Homeland from its contemporaries is how the characters are treated as human beings, making their actions inherent on who they are and not just dictated by any plot device. At some points in the show, Carrie, Quinn and Saul were flustered in herculean conditions as they defend their country. But in the end, they are just normal people longing for the normalcy of home that their vocation stripped from them. Maybe one of the reason why I liked the flawed “Trylon and Perisphere” is it exposed the ugly humanness of its characters, from Carrie’s post-natal depression to Quinn’s PTSD. “Long Time Coming” is patterned in E02’s DNA, although it brought together Carrie and Quinn a wistful chance of a normal life together. Islamabad was a grave chapter in their lives but the beauty of it is that Carrie and Quinn weathered the worst and that battlefield cemented their relationship as they encountered each other’s demons. Because of his job, Quinn has become a wanderer drifting on whether to quit or not, yet he found his chance of a home in Carrie. But their midnight romantic revelation was an ill Cinderella moment as they were lured back to their CIA shoes. You just have to hate the timing of it all. Carrie and Quinn’s romance may have ended in a cliffhanger but I’m in the minority who liked it, basically because I find it hard to imagine their possible arrangement (these normal people are made extraordinary by their jobs). And in an ill-advised move for the finale, Carrie still has an unresolved demon to face that make her stall her next move on Quinn – her mother.


Frank’s funeral (in a loving tribute to the departed James Rebhorn) wasn’t just the catalyst for Carrie and Quinn to finally release their feelings for each other. Before the burial, her estranged mother Ellen (Victoria Clark) tried to reach out to her daughters. Maggie was welcoming, much like my anticipation upon learning of Ellen’s integration to the story since the Mathison patriarch passed away. It turns out that my reaction would be the same as Carrie’s — uninviting and crusty on her mother’s return. The least engaging part of the finale, the mother-daughter scenes were cold and melodramatic that don’t hit the emotional punch of Carrie’s teary discussion with Frank and Maggie in “The Star”. To echo a fellow viewer, Ellen could have been a means for Carrie to acknowledge her daughter, parallel to their reconciliation. Regardless of the outcomes, Carrie and Ellen were similar in submitting to their impulses that led them to abandon their children (the former escaping through work while the latter in her many dalliances). But Carrie has grown now. Maybe she doesn’t need her mother in order to reengage with Frannie (events in Islamabad could have made her long for her remaining loved ones at home). Instead, Carrie realizes that she can be loved despite her condition because it’s not her shared illness with her dad that drove her mom away but Ellen’s weakness. For Ellen to be used as a plot device to enlighten Carrie’s blossoming relationship with Quinn makes me think that she isn’t much of a significant role unlike Frank in Carrie’s life. What happens next is just ‘too little, too late’.


Like Saul, I am also fascinated on how the writers fleshed out Quinn’s character this season (and kudos on Rupert Friend for his layered performance and one of the MVPs this season). Before, Quinn was no more than an observer (looking through distant eyes) and Carrie’s sympathizer. Although the audience were made known a part of Quinn’s past (his child), we only knew less about him except for his evocative feelings for Carrie. His bigger role in S04 was well-earned (in my opinion) as we discover the man separate from Carrie. During the mid-season, I was wary if I would still like the Quinn who gradually emerged onscreen – impatient when patience was needed more, gauche when the good cop would be more effective and unstable when his composure could shut the detonator down. But Quinn is equally flawed like Carrie and together they make a more complete picture of the restless search of one’s personal permanence in the impersonal world they live in. Underneath the typical coldblooded assassin, Quinn became the show’s moral compass who ironically is lost on his own – his déjà vu of quitting the CIA is as normal as his ragged breathing. He finally found a finite reason of leaving through Carrie but beneath his grand gesture of offering a life with him, Quinn has an insecure heart that crumbles when he’s rejected of loving the woman who thinks she can’t be loved. Quinn was ultimately driven to go black once again as his desperate attempt to get out and stay out was shattered by Carrie’s ‘no’. This resolution becomes the midpoint of a meandering yet conniving episode that ends with the three storylines wrapped altogether: Ellen leading to Carrie’s realization of wanting to have a life with Quinn but his suspicious absence led to her discovery of Dar and Saul’s plan, en route to a destabilized personal and work dynamics for S05.


“Long Time Coming” is like a simmering kettle left on an alighted stove. Not only did I appreciate its red herrings for S05 but it also provides a realistic finish for the show’s most resonant season. War was not won in 14 years, even most implausible in just one season. Carrie and co. lost and the audience has to accept the stillness of it. At the end of the day, Homeland is more than just a macroscopic look in geopolitical tensions and international espionage. As sappy as it sounds, ‘home is where the heart is’ and for Homeland, the heart will always be Carrie and her cathartic journey of acceptance and redemption. Praises will never stop pouring on Claire Danes’ masterful and wholly portrayal of a woman who has grown so much in the show’s four seasons. On the other hand, Homeland won’t ever escape the scrutiny of its political setting but like the critics, I find myself wondering about the show’s future creative execution. Will Homeland ever be Homeland again? The show has unpredictably evolved from what it was four years ago, an intimate psychological cat-and-mouse thriller that transformed to the predators and preys of the bigger fight against terrorism. Homeland catered to the many facets of the thriller genre but it will be best remembered on how it balances the action, suspense and intrigue to its core character story. No other show is given such a narrative leeway than Homeland and I put my faith on the writers on where they want to see Carrie, Saul and Quinn next season, along with the new antagonist. The development of their arcs was terrific; who would have thought that Saul can be Carrie’s adversary and Carrie’s careful confirmation of her reciprocated feelings for Quinn? While the S04 didn’t check on the Boyds and their Pakistani counterparts (a short snippet on Tasneem Qureshi shows that she’s in a league more powerful that Aasar Khan), I hope S05 could bring them back, one way or another, as the fifth season could be an opportunity to widen the spy circle with new characters (that the show excellently casts) with questionable allegiances, just like Brody was, but this time in tighter and more nooses (pun intended).


Final notes:

  • Thank you for reading my recaps! I’ll be back to business once S05 airs in 10 months but if you’re interested in reading my instantaneous thoughts, just can check out my blog:
  • My favorite episodes in the season are “From A to B and Back Again”, “Halfway to a Donut”, “There’s Something Else Going On” and “13 Hours in Islamabad”.
  • Quinn will be successful on his open-ended mission. Just don’t how long a time jump S05 will make.
  • The season beginning and ending with Carrie inside the car, jazz playing, where she was a passenger on her auto-piloted mission and lastly her hands on the stirring wheel yet lost — is one of the show’s most powerful images.
  • The Kiss. Enough said.

TV Review: Homeland S04E11 “Krieg Nicht Lieb”

To be honest, Homeland S04’s penultimate episode wasn’t exactly how I imagined it to be. Haissam Haqqani should be dead by now, thus closing the Kabul-Islamabad chapter so that the finale will be more at home on the unresolved character drama among the show’s triumvirates. But like Peter Quinn’s watery-eyed frustrations, I was left hanging. I was ready to be blown into bits once he detonates the pipe bomb (though Carrie Mathison’s presence made it implausible), only to be doused in disbelief after the gaping involvement of his former boss, Dar Adal. Not only did “Krieg Nicht Lieb” felt like a filler episode, the conspiracy behind Dar is a questionable catalyst on the events in Pakistan; the extent of which threatens a quicksand that could vanish what Homeland remarkably built in its stellar fourth season. It also mined a confounding hole that added to the piling issues the finale has to patch. Despite my reservations on the shocking twist, the better half of E11 is the emphatic toast to the tremendous growth of the show’s two spy leads. Homeland will always be hinged on the love for one’s country, but seeing Carrie and Quinn embark on their patriotic missions (together or apart) have been fulfilling because of the genuine relationship they cultivated. Wherever this may lead (Homeland inured me from unhappy endings), I am still on board with this two. But before I revel in this beautiful partnership, let me first address the elephant in the room who made his startling comeback (without doughnuts for everyone).


Showed alongside Saul Berenson in an unaired scene (Dar’s dialogue about ‘people first before the mission’ was a foreshadowing in Quinn’s botched operation), F. Murray Abraham was in the title credits which I thought was for the Previously clip (but Nazanin Boniadi wasn’t credited so…) but I was completely surprised to see him inside Haqqani’s car (insert Andrew Lockhart expletives here). Carrie and the soon-to-be replaced CIA director were totally uninformed of Dar’s connection to Haqqani. Dar’s late reveal raises an inferno of questions that crowds the season-long conflicts the finale has to resolve. I’d like to believe that he is untainted of any Taliban connections and his rendezvous with Haqqani is official (which Lockhart pertained to Carrie in their long distance call). But if the CIA doesn’t negotiate with terrorists, what is Dar’s participation with Haqqani all about? Is he brokering a treaty of sorts or is it just a setup for a final terrorist takedown? Dar’s addition in the Pakistan plot doesn’t tell yet when did he jump in, making his timetable very critical in the season-long story. The worst juncture would be Dar’s involvement right from the beginning (in Sandy Bachman’s murder) which would be a manipulative ploy that collapses what S04 had thrived in rebuilding itself from the rocky past seasons. If Dar plays that game, everyone is reduced to pawns for his grand puppetry, including Saul whose capture could have been also part of the plan. I may sound exaggerated in speculating Dar’s involvement but throughout his history in the show, Dar hasn’t been a transparent character I could count on. Despite backing up Saul in S03, Dar is cloaked in nefariousness, and heading the CIA’s shadow department makes him more opaque. Translated onscreen, F. Murray Abraham is beguiling in the one-sided persona and it will be thrilling to see him back with a meatier role for the finale. Gods and Gansa be good that Dar only began talking to terrorists after the U.S. embassy attack (it could have dissolved diplomatic relations but that doesn’t close the door for the black ops director to step in). But what is Dar Adal’s endgame? He doesn’t seem to poise himself as Lockhart’s successor (nor help Saul reclaim the directorship) but why did he take part of whatever the covert higher-ups are planning? And what did he get in exchange? This twist should better lead to somewhere reasonable. It makes me wonder how his protégé would react if Carrie breaks in the news. But judging on the E12 promo, Quinn’s all set for the mission Dar has in store for him.


And now we talk about Quinn, whose storyline this season impresses with a turnaround of renewed purpose from the resigned and traumatized assassin he was in the start of S04. It turns out that he many times wanted to leave the CIA, as divulged by his German embassy lady friend (with benefits) who helped him logistically for the mission. Quinn’s love-hate relationship with his job is already history (Copenhagen 2008 was just a journal entry). Even before, I firmly believed that Quinn wouldn’t easily quit the Agency but now I pity him since he’s more straddled with his occupation that has become his mere identity. Maybe E12 could be Quinn’s last mission as his finite chance for vengeance, unless he changes his mind again. What’s intriguing is the audience discovers this piece of Quinn’s puzzle along with Carrie who encounters the hit man for the first time. She may not be as informed as Astrid on Quinn’s behavior but Carrie knew him too well that he won’t detonate the bomb as long as she lays herself in the line. The Carrie-Quinn phone conversation during the riot reminded me of the Carrie-Brody courtyard scene in “Big Man in Tehran”. But while the latter recharged the chemistry between the two actors, the former talked through the most organic relationship in the show. Over the course of two and a half seasons, Carrie and Quinn’s intimacy leaped the professional boundary and comfortably nested on the personal strings between them. The writers are not in a hurry (which is a good thing) as they continue to explore what these two can bring out to each other; in E11’s case, a reversal of roles (see “A Red Wheelbarrow” for reference). This time, Carrie tries to rattle sense back to Quinn as she pleads him not to press the detonator. Quinn grudgingly obliges, the second time he does since he agreed in returning to Islamabad (shout-out to Rupert Friend for his restrained performance). This episode surprised me on how much Carrie emphasized (at least seven times) in bringing back Quinn. Could this be the emergence of unrecognized feelings for her colleague or acceptance of a battle she/they lost? The pronouns lost me on what Carrie wants to say but surely there is no I in ‘team’ (if you get what I mean)?


A part of me is still unconvinced that Carrie does love Quinn (please don’t persecute me yet) but there need not to be an evidence aside from what E11 presented. First, she tried to reach him after learning her father passed away. Second, even the grim news didn’t immediately eject her from Pakistan because she has to leave with Quinn. If “Geronition” saw Carrie needing Quinn’s help in clearing Brody’s name, “Krieg Nicht Lieb” stressed how much she needed him in her life. Maybe Carrie doesn’t realize those feelings yet but it’s affirming that she reciprocates Quinn’s affection and declare it through their own language. I wasn’t able to write a lengthy recap on “Shalwar Kameez” but the one thing that turned me off is how it forcibly drilled on Quinn’s feelings for Carrie that he himself has yet to acknowledge. E11 worked for Carrie as how E03 worked for Quinn but the difference is that Carrie is making professions of not leaving and losing Quinn to other people, not the other way around. Maybe Carrie felt responsible because she reinstalled him and has to beg him out of Pakistan. Nevertheless, her investment in Quinn’s safety and welfare comes inherent of their characters’ journey, unlike how some critics complained of Quinn sudden developed feelings for Carrie. Romance aside, E11 also served as a parallel for Carrie and Quinn as they reengaged themselves to people outside the ops room. Quinn wore his old clothes in Astrid’s apartment while Carrie donned her maternal instinct for her daughter.


In one of the show’s most heartwarming moments, Carrie’s brief video call with Frannie hints on how a loving mother she can be. In what was a nightmare nine episodes ago, Carrie is not afraid of her own child anymore. Losing her father would be instrumental on making her realize the significance of becoming a parent, especially in her situation. I guess I’m more open on the prospects of adding motherhood in Carrie’s résumé. Perhaps the endgame is for Carrie to be successful single parent (which feels too good to be true for this type of show) but the writers don’t shy from the challenges it confronts Carrie (like post-partum depression), making the maternal arc more humane and realistic as possible. Pakistan also provided an eye opener for Carrie in the kids department through the boy wearing the bomb vest in E09 and the young Aayan, although the flashbacks in E11 was unnecessary, ruining Carrie’s deathly impulse as she falls into Haqqani’s procession. I also learned not to trust her with a gun so the entire scene of her targeting Haqqani felt futile. Tossed with a touchy Aasar Khan, I thought Dar’s reveal could have been played differently. But the image of Dar seated at the back of Haqqani’s car captured what he had been all along – a behind-the-scene, furtive player holding the reins of the curtains in the season-long opera.


The S04 finale is going to be the heaviest in terms of the numerous loose ends it has to close to appease viewers during the 10-month long hiatus. Aside from the dangling career futures of Carrie, Saul and Quinn, E12 has to address the burgeoning Carrie and Quinn relationship (it has to, goddamn it). Not to mention Carrie’s more specific concerns regarding her daughter, Frank’s funeral and the return of her mother. How about a closure on the Boyds and the ISI? E11’s late reveal on Dar also complicates the season’s war zone. “Krieg Nicht Lieb” doesn’t tailgate the accelerating action of “13 Hours in Islamabad” but detours to a higher stake, like a slingshot aimed at the higher target. I’m growing more anxious in knowing what is long time coming. Homeland’s finales have a certain notoriety in delivering an emotional roller coaster and I’m eager to know where “Long Time Coming” will rank among “Marine One”, “The Star” and “The Choice” (in descending order). I’m ready to become undone next Sunday. Are you?


Next Episode: “Long Time Coming”

TV Review: Homeland S04E10 “13 Hours in Islamabad”

Bullets, blood and belts reigned on Homeland’s lashing return after its two-week hiatus, ricocheting the action inside and outside the embassy that defined the season’s epic battle and closes the grim hour through genuine character moments and a harrowing set-up of its season finale. Time matters the most in “13 Hours in Islamabad”; how the seconds dreadfully dissolve to lifeless bodies as Haissam Haqqani rushes the embassy commandos in turning over the treasured CIA intelligence; how the (10) minutes of inaction left the Americans mortally suffering from the bitter medicine as ISI agent Tasneem Qureshi insinuated; how it took the eponymous torrid hours for Peter Quinn to snap back to the assassin he vehemently hoarded to finish the mission; and how the days counted into Carrie Mathison as the sanctified voice of reason, becoming the anchor of her team at such sinking moment and perhaps the lighthouse for another who has gone rouge. Regardless of allegiances, “13 Hours in Islamabad” is a climatic collective effort that propelled everyone at Carrie’s orbit on their own circles and let their fates be decided. The blistering results were reminiscent of “The Choice” where each character has his/her defining moment moving forward but E10’s not yet the end despite how catastrophic the aftermath is. Definitely worthy the (agonizing) wait, “13 Hours in Islamabad” is the most alive that Homeland has been since S01’s adrenaline-fueled paranoia, not just by the suspenseful kinetic kickoff but also the emotional flurry of every character until the closing minutes. Leaving plenty of fatalities, it’s tough to be optimistic of what Carrie and Quinn could do to win the unkind war but my hope for S04 sustaining such exhilarating momentum in its last two episodes is ever alive and kicking.


Straight from the horrendous headline, Homeland staged its fictional version of the 2012 Benghazi attack. U.S. Ambassador Martha Boyd’s life was spared (unlike her actual counterpart) but the 36 American lives lost included Deputy Station Chief John Redmond and young CIA agent Fara Sherazi. Introduced as the bitter and inebriated supposed-to-be successor, Redmond proved to be reliable, as punctuated by his memorable one-liners (“I’m a spy, I know shit.” in delivering Dennis and “I’m with you.” at Carrie during the prisoner exchange). I also like his honesty to her back at the ops room in “From A to B and Back Again”. Meanwhile, Fara just joined the foreign stint; her willingness to learn that tests her idealism was a refreshing perspective from the callousness around her. But her brief shelf life didn’t live up to her character’s potential (Fara’s plate is an opportunity to address a new spin to the typical Muslim roles of the genre). In trying to reason out her death, maybe the catch in the shocking twist is that Fara wasn’t supposed to be there and her being a Muslim who has ties with the CIA irked Haqqani. The grisly siege is destined to produce victims of war out of Fara, John, and the others — the necessary damages which also echoed Aayan’s anticipated but equally devastating death. A part of me retorts that the writers don’t want to develop another female character aside from Carrie. But in the end, the embassy attack is a glaring evidence that Homeland doesn’t balk on taking risks (no one is safe except for the show’s current trifecta) and the war on terror will always be accompanied of irreversible casualties.


Martha also stood out in the episode by juggling her responsibilities as the steely diplomat and the wretched wife. No matter how flawed her relationship is to CIA Director Andrew Lockhart and Dennis, together they were symbiotic in fleshing out their characters. I enjoyed watching Martha and Lockhart wrestle their clashing political, diplomatic, and military views which are more reflective of real bureaucratic struggles than the cartoonish charade of warring CIA directors in S03. On the other hand, Homeland produced one of its most confusing and disturbing scenes as Martha consented on Dennis’ final attempt to do the right thing for her. (At first I was bewildered) but discovering his cowardice made Dennis more unbearable and disgusting as painted by Martha’s signature sneer. Death is too merciful for Dennis; he deserved whatever treatment he’ll be indicted back in the U.S. As for Martha and the salvaged Saul Berenson, I have no idea how they’ll thrive when they return, but that’s not to say E10’s conclusion is finite for them. The Carrie-Saul dynamic was rekindled and so much potent this season while there’s more beyond the cigarette talks Carrie and Martha share. Contrast to the scorning public’s impression that she’s a sociopath, Carrie is most involved with the people around her in S04. Her relationships with colleagues, assets, and Pakistani equals were the driving force of the story; directly or not, she moves everyone from their one-dimensional inertia. That’s also to mention the rapport she has built with them, particularly Lockhart whom Carrie comforted after swallowing his own dose of culpability by surrendering the CIA assets list in exchange of Fara’s life. It makes me think of what would Carrie have done if she was in Lockhart’s position (since she’s the only one capable of making pragmatic decisions during highly stressful situations) but like her drone strike order in E06, it was a tough call. The domino effect of fallibility will just prolong their unstable footing in Islamabad, thus the President’s order of retraction from Pakistan. But Carrie can’t go home just yet. Because Quinn.


S04 can be dissected on the medium-term conflicts other than Carrie’s, whose arc is the season’s backbone. The first three episodes opened a bigger role for Quinn experiencing PTSD and tried to release himself from the agency, only to be brought back in by Carrie. E04-E06 created an asset out of Aayan whose arc was concluded by a shot in the head. E07-E09 effectively integrated a captive Saul back to the heart of the story. Quinn was sidelined in the middle episodes but for the last quarter, the wheel stirs back to him as he attempts to single-handedly kill Haqqani. Rupert Friend becomes the reliable action man in E10 but aside from showing off his assassin moves, he becomes reinvested to the mission. Haqqani stabbing Fara was Quinn’s tipping point (much like Aayan’s death to Carrie’s) and he was unstoppable, being swift in entrapping Taliban-infested ISI guards. The writers struck again their penchant for role reversal; Quinn tries to make sense out of Carrie’s auto-piloted drone royalty in the first two episodes while Carrie stays behind to return Quinn who’s more dangerously charged as the military man he was in the final two episodes. As foreshadowed by his speech in “About a Boy”, Quinn’s patriotic crusade will just earn him more enemies in the likes of the ISI (the hunt headed by Aasar Khan). How deep Quinn will dig himself into the rabbit hole and how he’ll be able to excavate himself are the burning questions in “Krieg Nicht Lieb” (and possibly E12). The similarity of Carrie and Brody’s conversation in “Goodnight” and Carrie and Quinn’s in “13 Hours in Islamabad” is chilling, but the difference is that Quinn doesn’t need to be saved (and if he does, he wouldn’t want it to be Carrie). I’m glad that the show’s finally unveiling the pre-S02 of Quinn and E10 was just a glimpse of it. Being the inured individual performer he was, Quinn probably has his tools and methods planned out, maybe including his own extraction plan. It would be interesting how Carrie would react to this unleashed version of Quinn and how her approach would be if she joins him, if not their usual ‘fighting fire with fire’ dalliance.


Next week’s penultimate episode cages Carrie and Quinn in the most perilous predicament together. Will Quinn succeed in taking down Haqqani? Will Carrie return to the U.S. alone? Perhaps E11 would follow closely the structure of “Big Man in Tehran”, with stakes soaring on its volatile characters. Homeland holds an impressive streak of riveting episodes in its second half. The first 20 minutes of “13 Hours in Islamabad” matches the taut cinematic level while the other half embraces the ensemble in their last ditch for preservation. A gripping fusion of tremendous pay-offs and delirious set-up, E10 was an excellent showcase of action, suspense, and drama that only Homeland best delivers. Here’s to hoping that “Krieg Nicht Lieb” would be kind to whatever heart-stopping scenes it has in store. But I’m not complaining.


Next Episode: “Krieg Nicht Lieb”