As we approach the end of Season Four, Homeland continues its Two and a Half Men-esque trend of naming episodes after random quotes from the episode, but this week also continue its trend of being an outstanding TV show, as tensions run high and it leaves us with a terrifying cliff-hanger. Exciting stuff!
Until five minutes after this reuniting, where Saul is probably dead.
Despite how great it was, something was very off about that scene. It had issues during it but the exchange went okay in the end. This is Homeland. There is no way something went smoothly. It felt almost anti-climactic, which sparked a split second fear that maybe the quality was to drop once again. But of course, things returned to normal very quickly as the convoy carrying Carrie, Saul and John was hit by RPGs, and the burning wreckage of the cars were left on a roundabout. Ah, that’s better. In all seriousness though, it did come as a huge shock. It was quite like in Season One when Carrie was caught in an explosion in the park, and just as shocking. It eliminates any ideas or possibilities that things are about to start going Carrie’s way, which is good, as we need a bit of conflict to end the season on, and if Saul is dead then we have it right there. We don’t see if anyone survives, though it’s obvious Carrie isn’t dead, but Saul, whose fate we’ve been questioning all season, and John, who is a new character and completely expendable, are still on the line. So there we have it, another shock ending to keep us on the edge of our seats until next we-
This is the most exciting Homeland has been for a long time. It’s found a really good villain in Haissam Haqqani, who has previously shown his ruthlessness with the murder of his own nephew (Interestingly enough, the moment that Homeland started to good again, meaning we can attribute some of the improvement in quality to seeing the true nature of Haqqani’s character) and is now entering full on villain mode. Will he survive the last three episodes? It’s a “partly hope so” and “party hope not” situation here; sure, he’s a villain and he’s being evil and we want our heroes to win so we want him to die BUT he is a captivating villain and could continue to be one if he extended his tenure. It’s uncertain, but what is certain is that next week’s episode could be one of the best episodes of the entire show, and definitely cannot be missed. I mean, come on, Haqqani and armed terrorists are inside the embassy and there are NO Marines around to fight them. The CIA are sitting ducks!
You might not have finger nails left, but at least you got a kick-ass experience from another fantastic episode of Homeland. Three episodes left, how will it all end?