Homeland Season 8 Premiere Recap: Carrie Dives Back Into the Fray

by Jeremy Spirogis
Homeland Season 8 Premiere Recap: Carrie Dives Back Into the Fray

[SPOILERS FOR ‘HOMELAND’ SEASON 8 EPISODE 1 AND PREVIOUS SEASONS TO FOLLOW]

You can’t have Homeland with out Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) within the spy sport on some degree. No matter the place she’s ended up over time, she’s at all times returned to the combat earlier than every season’s conclusion.

As the present opens its eighth season on Showtime, that’s nonetheless the case. After her seven-month keep in Russian custody, Carrie returned to freedom in a disturbed state. Her restoration in a navy facility in Germany didn’t make every part proper.

But that doesn’t cease Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) from wanting her again within the discipline instantly. Despite Carrie’s failed polygraph (the supply of the episode title, “Deception Indicated”) and the objections of some within the CIA, Saul returns his most completed agent to the fold instantly.

Carrie heads straight to Afghanistan for her new mission

Claire Danes as Carrie in HOMELAND, “Deception Indicated” | Sifeddine Elamine/SHOWTIME

While a CIA agent might fail a polygraph take a look at for various causes, the gaps in Carrie’s reminiscence prompted actual issues about her compromising sources (i.e., informants) within the discipline. But Saul determined to take his probabilities with out affirmation both manner.

After a fast take a look at peace talks Saul is attending in Qatar, you shortly notice why the scenario is so determined. Nearly 19 years after the U.S. invaded Afghanistan, the Warner (Beau Bridges) administration desires to get in a foreign country with as little injury as potential.

However, that requires the cooperation of Taliban leaders and Pakistani leaders Saul and Carrie clashed with prior to now (most notably within the embassy bloodbath of Season Four). Though Saul tries to remain optimistic, a press release by the Afghani vice chairman almost blows up the talks.

Running out of choices, Saul brings in Carrie to speak sense into the Veep. Once in Kabul, Carrie realizes a number of forces are working towards her. (The base’s station chief places her underneath surveillance.) But she has a mission from Saul and heads out into the night time anyway.

Carrie confronts the chance she left her contacts for useless

Claire Danes as Carrie walks wuth Andrea Deck as Jenna Bragg in “Deception Indicated.”|Sifeddine Elamine/SHOWTIME

Though Carrie meets up with a loyal contact prepared to assist her, she runs right into a wall at her first cease on the treacherous street. There, the spouse of a person who assisted her prior to now acts rudely to her. Then she finds out the person was killed for his work with the CIA.

That bit of knowledge prompts a flashback from Homeland’s fundamental character. What if the CIA determine in Germany was proper? What if she’d compromised her supply and obtained him killed? You watch Carrie grapple with the chance — and battle with the horror of figuring out it may very well be true.

Elsewhere in Afghanistan, Max (Maury Sterling) faces his personal peril so as to arrange surveillance on the Pakistan-Afghan border. It’s unclear why he needed to be the one going abroad to do that, however Max has some high quality screen-time right here.

Finally, after making it previous the varied landmines en path to her assembly with senior Afghan officers, Carrie will get a shock within the episode’s ultimate seconds. Just as she’s about to enter the room, Yevgeny (Costa Ronin) exits and provides her a sinister wink.

Once once more, Carrie feels horrified she might have revealed secrets and techniques throughout her interrogation in Russia. Then, within the sneak-peek after the episode, we see Carrie pull a gun on U.S. troops in a future episode. Whatever occurs, Homeland clearly received’t be testing quietly in 2020.

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