For the higher a part of a decade, Homeland followers have been compelled to ask themselves the identical query again and again: “How far will Carrie Mathison go?” Every time, the reply has come again loud and clear: She’ll cease at nothing to finish a mission.
[Spoiler alert: Plot particulars via ‘Homeland’ season eight episode 11 comply with.]
So if Carrie is confronted with the selection of abandoning her baby or getting the present job finished, it’s no alternative in any respect. On each event that involves thoughts, Carrie selected the job. And if her buddies/lovers/comrades misplaced their lives within the subject, effectively (at the least in her thoughts), they knew the dangers.
That brings us to the 96th and ultimate episode of Homeland (season eight episode 12), “Prisoners of War.” As Yevgeny Gromov (Costa Ronin) made clear within the earlier episode, Carrie has roughly run out of choices in her efforts to avert struggle between the U.S. and the nuclear-capable Pakistan.
If she will’t uncover the id of the American asset working contained in the Kremlin, she’ll need to resort to probably the most unthinkable of backup plans. (Yevgeny phrased this plan, bluntly sufficient, as “Kill Saul.”) Her solely different choice seems to be watching the U.S. interact in a horrifying struggle.
Carrie’s choices come all the way down to ‘capture’ or ‘kill’ within the finale
If you’ve devoted your life to espionage in service of your nation, you’d suppose revealing a key supply could be out of the query. And within the case of Carrie’s mentor Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), that precisely how Saul feels in regards to the state of affairs.
In an encounter with Jenna Bragg (Andrea Deck) in episode 11, Carrie addresses this actuality. After Carrie explains that Moscow will solely settle for the id of the double-agent in trade for the flight recorder, Jenna asks why Russia didn’t go to Saul.
“Because he’d never agree [to revealing the asset’s identity],” Carrie says. “But you would,” Jenna replies, disapprovingly. “I already have,” Carrie says. Viewers will recall Carrie’s temporary thought-process on this entrance. At first, it was denial that the agent existed.
From there, Carrie didn’t hesitate to start out in search of the asset. Heading into the finale, Carrie appears preoccupied with discovering the id on her personal. If that doesn’t work, you’d need to anticipate she’d at the least think about killing Saul to avert struggle with Pakistan.
Saul provided a clue on what he’d anticipate Carrie to do
When Jenna Bragg visits Saul in episode 11 (not lengthy after talking with Carrie), viewers most likely anticipate Jenna going into element about Carrie’s transgressions, beginning along with her giving up the safe-house (and the Special Forces troops inside). But Saul cuts her quick.
After confirming that the “crazy stuff” Jenna referenced about Carrie was all true, Saul acknowledged that Carrie has made errors (and would proceed to take action) whereas working missions. And he provides a touch as to what he may anticipate Carrie to do given the state of affairs she’s in at this level.
“Everything she does — everything — is because she never loses sight of what’s important,” he tells Jenna. Immediately after, Saul suggests Jenna bear that idea in thoughts when she testifies on the tribunal later that day. (Indeed, Jenna tells the tribunal she wants extra time.)
So has Carrie modified at throughout all these years (or at the least since Max’s loss of life)? Would she be keen to do as Yevgeny says and eradicate Saul in an effort to save numerous lives? Maybe there’s another choice, however there aren’t any palatable choices on this state of affairs. In the Homeland finale, we would truly be taught one thing new about Carrie Mathison.
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