Somewhat of a slow burner this week on Homeland, especially compared to last week’s stunning episode, but it all resulted in a tense climax with a shocking twist that’s left us reeling in anticipation for next week’s finale.
This episode did have some disappointing factors to it, but luckily none that qualify it for a bad episode. The main issue was the lack of a torture scene; at the end of last week’s episode, we saw Quinn prepare Farhad Gazi for torture. However, this isn’t mentioned again in this week’s episode. We don’t know for sure if it happened or not, all we see is that he took his phone. This is extremely disappointing, as 13 Hours in Islamabad gave us a darker Quinn, and we were hugely anticipating something gritty, but that something never came. The other problem this episode had was Maury Sterling trying too hard as surveillance expert Max. It makes no sense why he was kept as a recurring character whilst brother Virgil seems to have been completely forgotten about, even though he was a main freaking cast member in Season Two. Sterling isn’t a bad actor, Max just isn’t an interesting character, and he’s trying too hard to make him anything otherwise.
It seems they were seriously counting on people not reading the opening credits of the episode this week. At this point, it’s safe to assume that no one pays attention to them at this point in the season, but I noticed that F. Murray Abraham was credited in the episode after not appearing for quite some time, so it was confusing to not see him for the entire episode. But then you do see him, at the very end.
But the Saul theories are likely to crop up again as he looks guilty as hell in the promo for the finale, and oh my Lord it looks fantastic. The promo not only treats us to worrying clips of Saul, but we also see Carrie back at home (Though things look far from peaceful), and Quinn jacking up with fellow soldiers as though they are about to embark on some kind of mission. Here’s our theory: At the end of the promo, we see Dar Adal and Carrie facing off, and earlier on in the trailer, a mysterious car is outside Carrie’s house. Now the background of the Adal/Carrie face off looks very similar to the Mathison house.....Could Dar Adal be holding her hostage, and Quinn and the gang are on a mission to save her? It’s plausible, though Quinn is actually at an air base, with a plane outside. Perhaps he’s taking on Haqqani whilst Carrie sorts out Adal? Oh it’s all very exciting! One more week and the shit does down....Will Haqqani meet his demise?