‘Homeland’ Season 8 Episode 11 Recap: The Russia Angle Really Starts to Pay Off

by Jeremy Spirogis
‘Homeland’ Season 8 Episode 11 Recap: The Russia Angle Really Starts to Pay Off

Fans of Homeland have seen Showtime’s nice spy collection take numerous twists throughout eight seasons. In the present’s first installment, it launched viewers to the final word 21st-century double-agent: Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), an American soldier loyal to Al Qaeda.

From there, viewers watched as each international and home operatives labored to undermine U.S. pursuits — from CIA stations abroad to the White House itself. And in season 7, the arrival of Yevgeny Gromov (Costa Ronin) wove within the newest in strained Russia-U.S. relations.

[Spoiler alert: Plot particulars via ‘Homeland’ season Eight episode 11 comply with.]

After some quasi-cooperation adopted by a extra acquainted jockeying for place, Yevgeny and Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) have continued waging their warfare of knowledge proper into the penultimate (11th) episode of Homeland’s eighth and last season.

Following the shock twist of episode 10 (a U.S. agent contained in the Kremlin!) the Russian angle actually got here alive. With the collection finale looming, Homeland’s last twist seems to be an ingenious twist on traditional Cold War spy fare.

Carrie Mathison will cease at nothing to forestall warfare with Pakistan

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in HOMELAND, ‘The English Teacher’ | Erica Parise/SHOWTIME.

If it hasn’t been clear up to now in Homeland, Carrie has no limits in the case of finishing a mission. We’ve watched her order a drone-strike on a lover, poison an FBI agent, and (method again when) supply her physique to Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) with a purpose to preserve issues rolling easily.

In season 8, we watched her betray a U.S. Special Forces staff so she may advance a chess piece. (After studying of the complete staff’s demise in episode 11, Carrie barely spares a second of silence.) So there’s little shock when she units about assembly Yevgeny’s calls for for the flight recorder trade.

Speaking on behalf of Moscow, Yevgeny beforehand knowledgeable Carrie that Russia will solely settle for the identification of an agent working for Saul and the U.S. because the 1980s. (In a dramatic flashback sequence, the viewers sees Saul and “the English teacher” start their mission collectively.)

When Carrie explains to Jenna Bragg (Andrea Deck) that Saul would by no means reveal the identification of his agent, Bragg instantly takes the standard, ethical view. “But you would [reveal it],” she tells Carrie. “I already have [agreed to it],” Carrie replies.

‘Homeland’s’ traditional Cold War flip

Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in HOMELAND, ‘The English Teacher’ | Erica Parise/SHOWTIME.

At the start of season 8, it might have been a stretch to think about {that a} rehabbing Carrie would find yourself making an attempt to commerce the identification of a U.S. asset in Moscow for the means to forestall warfare within the Middle East. But we have now Homeland’s writers to thank for this wonderful twist.

Along the best way, we’ve heard hints of the place the present was headed. Earlier in season 8, Mike Dunne (Cliff Chamberlain) referenced Kim Philby, the British agent who labored for the Soviet Union within the early phases of the Cold War. And after listening to Yevgeny’s supply, Carrie made one other traditional spy reference.

“There is no such [agent],” she instructed Yevgeny. “Believe me, I would know.” That’s virtually precisely what Alec Leamas (Richard Burton) tells Soviet brokers in The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965) after listening to the suggestion there’s a British asset working contained in the KGB.

If you’re a fan of traditional spy dramas, this newest, red-leather-bound twist in Homeland may hardly have been extra interesting. And, with the collection finale looming, the present arrived right here on the excellent time. With “Kill Saul” ringing in viewers’ heads, we don’t blame you for anticipating a conclusion for the ages.

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