If you’re a fan of Homeland, you bought used to not taking issues at face worth way back. In every of its eight seasons on Showtime, we’ve watched characters change sides so usually (generally, solely to rejoin their authentic facet) that you just anticipate alliances to shift shortly on this world.
Three episodes into this closing season, we’ve begun getting used to the odd rapport between Carrie Mathison (Clare Danes) and her Russian captor, Yevgeny (Costa Ronin). Whether you recall Yevgeny smashing Carrie’s face or withholding her meds in jail, you perceive her hesitance about him.
Carrie definitely doesn’t see Yevgeny as a friend, and he or she’s requested approval to ship payback towards him at the very least twice. (She can’t make a transfer, per a prisoner-exchange take care of the Russians.) But from the second Carrie dove again into the fray, Yevgeny’s acted like her ally.
That continued into episode three, aptly titled “False Friends.” Carrie’s not the one one questioning about her alliances. Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), his negotiating associate within the Taliban, and President Warner (Beau Bridges) all harbor doubts about these of their internal circle.
Yevgeny’s phrases plunged Carrie into deeper confusion
Since Carrie failed a polygraph check post-captivity, of us contained in the CIA have questioned whether or not she compromised belongings in Afghanistan. (She bought the third diploma in Episode One.) And Carrie has joined these with doubts about her interactions with Yevgeny in Russia.
In her blurry recollections, Carrie remembers begging Yevgeny to stick with her (for no matter cause) on the jail. She realizes one thing modified throughout her keep in Russia. In “False Friends,” Yevgeny meets up with Carrie claiming he saved her life. (Carrie tried to hold herself, Yevgeny says.)
Carrie doesn’t know what to make of that info. (A blurry flashback scene doesn’t assist viewers a lot both manner.) But she’s clearly coming to phrases with the truth that she may need made preparations with Yevgeny. (She tells CIA personnel in Kabul he might need to work with the U.S.)
As Carrie performs with the reality when discussing issues with the Kabul CIA station, she is aware of she has trigger for concern. After all, Yevgeny appears honest of their interactions. Meanwhile, he proves Carrie opened as much as him with a revealing element about her daughter’s potential drowning.
The ‘false friends’ of President Warner and Haqqani
It doesn’t really feel like so way back when Haissam Haqqani (Numan Acar) appeared like essentially the most evil man alive. (An embassy bloodbath will do this to an individual’s popularity.) But Homeland writers clearly didn’t need to let his story finish there.
Many years later, Haqqani has develop into a weary Taliban chief hoping to convey peace to his land after twenty years in battle. However, he faces loads of resistance inside his personal ranks. It begins along with his son Jalal (Elham Ehsas) and extends to Jalal’s contacts in Pakistani intelligence (the ISI).
So whereas Saul and Haqqani wrap their heads round peace phrases, the Taliban chief has to mete out punishment to a son who almost took Haqqani’s life. (Jalal would have ascended up the Taliban’s ranks.) Instead of loss of life, Haqqani banishes Jalal.
Back in D.C., President Warner and his chief of employees (identical because the previous chief of employees) David Wellington (Linus Roache) talk about whether or not the vice chairman (bizarrely, a “unity” decide from the opposing celebration) is maneuvering towards Warner so as to mount a problem towards him within the subsequent election.
Looking on the massive image, issues are progressing in an unsettling manner. Saul bought his peace pact with Haqqani and Warner appears able to seize the chance. But Jalal and the ISI are going to mobilize towards Haqqani and the Americans. Meanwhile, Carrie should take care of her personal demons. In a phrase, Homeland is trying good to date in Season Eight.
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