The two of them have barely seen each other all season, and when Saul finally makes contact, he can hardly be bothered with Carrie’s maternal woes because he needs to get Majid Javadi in front of the president-elect as soon as possible. Carrie has Bipolar Disorder and does not eat meat. Yet Saul rather shockingly says this is a “regional conflict,” and a horror that can be mitigated. Maybe now that Franny’s been put in a safer environment, Carrie can get back to chasing the danger rather than letting it come to her. A recap of Homeland season 7 episode 10 ‘Clarity’. But Gansa and Gordon, who created and oversaw the … Until Franny is home — and probably after — she’ll be monitored and watched by children’s services, a reality that in and of itself guaranteed that Quinn could never come back to stay. Later in the season, Brody is brought back to the United States from Venezuela and experiences heroin withdrawals. Saul drives Carrie to see the foster home where Franny has been placed, but his patience is limited and they’re running out of time. However, Homeland could still echo 24 by having Carrie sent to Russia, but not as a punishment; it could be an unofficial clemency. So with that in mind, we are likely to be able to watch season eight from around February 16, 2020 - … Carrie became obsessed with Brody; convinced that he was the POW that Hasan Ibrahim said had been turned. “For my daughter in the hope that she will one day understand,” Carrie wrote on her dedication page. Considering Homeland is now ending where it began, with the scars of disastrous Middle East foreign policy following Carrie Mathison home, it seems in some ways a repudiation of Jack Bauer’s superhero antics on 24. Anger that she is lying to Saul’s family in order to get what she wants? Franny moved to Germany with Carrie after she had left the CIA. When Saul’s face turns to cold fury and then says, “Now you go upstairs, you pack your things, and you get out of my house,” it comes with the heartbreak of a father throwing his child to the streets. David Crow is the movies editor at Den of Geek. But we do have one very important thing in common: every time we think we are out, Homeland pulls us back in. After his return, she talked to him about his trip and was amazed by the sights he saw while gone.In episode 3, \"Aun… Carrie Mathison and President Elizabeth Keane are both faced with life-changing decisions. This was mostly in part because her mother wanted to create a new family with Derek, and lied about being on birth control. It’s a wonder he didn’t shout jackpot when she revealed she’s looking for a flight recorder that would prove Warner’s death was an accident. Even if Carrie left his house at this point and quietly surrendered herself to the FBI, their connection was still irrevocably destroyed. This is the grim new dynamic as we go into Homeland’s endgame. Personally, Saul ending up willing to trade thousands of American lives to continue to play spy games with the Russians (even if the players don’t like it being called that) seems like a glib rationalization—the kind that got us stuck in those “regional” conflicts for 20 years and probably another 20 after that. There is no happy ending where Carrie gets Franny back and settles down. Unlike Brody though, Carrie pulled her trigger, we heard it when Anna died. But Saul is loyal like that to the people he cares about, and as we later hear him describe in video, he considers his Russian asset to be the second most important professional relationship of his career. She had his home under constant video and audio surveillance, watching him for weeks. As things deescalate with the least amount of blood possible on Carrie’s hands, she is forced to go to ground with Yevgeny upon learning that Anna escaped the GRU’s grasp, and thus Saul must be free. Worse still, she is only going home at all in order to help the Russians, yet again, in a last bid Hail Mary to prevent war—a Hail Mary that comes in the form of betraying her last friend in the world. What’s yours? Instead she gives more and more to the CIA and time and again, they leave her with nothing but maybe a slap on the back. The 12-episode season unfolds as Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison, a bipolar CIA operative that is both brilliant and tormented, recovers from months of brutal confinement in a Russian gulag. Now at the end of things, we’re asked to put Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin’s beautifully flawed spies to rest as well. 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Carrie's sister, Maggie, wants her to check herself into the hospital and get treatment for her bipolar disorder or she will take Frannie away, and she plans to start the proceeding by taking legal custody of her daughter. She was taken away by CPS and placed in foster care after a SWAT team and journalists descended on Carrie's apartment after she had left … After a glass (or three), a blubbering Carrie calls Keane, begging her to pull some strings to get Franny back home. But as Saul might say, that’s the cost of doing business. Carrie (Claire Danes) will return to what she does best in the upcoming season of "Homeland." Essentially black bagged, Jack was to be transferred to Moscow and parts unknown to answer for his crimes. "Are you sure you're not a monster, Brody?" I’ll admit there was another version of this review that would’ve been written if Carrie actually wound up in a sincerely romantic relationship with Yevgeny Gromav. Was their sacrifice worth it? Carrie's sister Maggie finds Saul and says she's heard Carrie is back in town, but that she hasn't come to see her daughter, Franny, whom Carrie left Maggie to raise. It is not quite any of the endings I predicted for Carrie, but unlike other recent controversial series finales, it feels wholly appropriate. When the surveillance was pulled she approached him and made personal contact. But that is not what actually happens after the two-year time jump. Raised on cinema classics that ranged from…, Homeland Season 8 Episode 12 Trailer, Episode Guide, and News, Westworld: How Old Testament King Rehoboam Could Be Prophetic for Season 3, Homeland Season 8 Episode 9 Review: In Full Flight, Westworld Season 3 Episode 5 Review: Genre, Westworld Season 3: William Starts Another Loop, How Christopher Plummer Became One of the Best Villains in Star Trek Movie History, Marvel’s WandaVision Episode 5: MCU Easter Eggs and Reference Guide, The Power Rangers Turbo Deleted Scenes That Could Have Saved the Movie. Peter Quinn is alive but has suffered a major stroke and is incapacitated but has, seemingly, become a junkie. The Homeland series finale is right around the corner, which has us wondering what a happy ending would be for Carrie Mathison… and can she really achieve it? It’s no secret that Homeland is often times viewed as the complement, or sobering counterpoint, to 24. Back with Carrie, she's in the courtroom to hear her charges and they are really something. She gets out again but doesn’t go “home” as imagined by her sister’s house; she makes her own home away from the agency and all the aforementioned broken dreams. She tried that and it wasn’t her. Max assists Virgil in bugging Nick Brody's home. She cannot stand seeing the ex-CIA agent take her niece for granted and spend all of her time playing spy. The season received mixed-to-positive reviews. Then their husbands declare their love for each other. While I still have trouble believing neocon war hawks would back down from their rhetoric—President Hayes and Zabel still had a truck full of dead Americans to saber-rattle about—or that Carrie would have reason to trust that Saul wouldn’t be executed by Boris and Natasha after they got word from Yevgeny that the Russian mole had been rooted out, things seem to work out relatively smoothly. And that’s really how the scene plays on a certain level, with Carrie being sent to her room, but it’s also the end of that paternal give-and-take between the mentor and mentee. David Crow is the movies editor at Den of Geek. Not only has Carrie given her daughter up, but like Brody she’s surrendered any pretense of drawing free breath again outside of the shadows she currently inhabits. A recap of Homeland season 7 episode 10 ‘Clarity’. When it came time to plan Season 8, much about the fate of the show’s protagonist, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), remained uncertain. He isaSocial Worker at the local LGBT center and has a great taste in music. Alex Gansa, co-creator and showrunner of … That’s the peculiar thing about this kind of business: it takes a long time to know the full cost. This may be roughly translated to her returning to the CIA. Of course that is only one theory for ending Carrie’s story. All of that is possible… but I find it too bleak and redundant. In season 1, she seemed to lose her career and grip on reality due to Brody’s lies, but even when she recovered in season 2, she still lost Brody, the father of her child. So the scene where all the fractures and faults in their relationship comes to bear while Mozart’s “Requiem” plays on. 1 History 1.1 Season 7 1.2 Season 8 2 Notes He meets Ian and asks him for directions since he has come to help with the new homeless shelter. Forevermore she’s a prisoner of war who’s learned to smile as a mask. For that is the music Saul Berenson has playing when Carrie Mathison, the daughter he wishes he had, returns home. At the hearing, Carrie faces a damning battery of witnesses — Josie, the CPS agent from last season, Franny’s teacher — who all testify about her terrible parenting. Meanwhile, inside Carrie’s appropriately cluttered office, there is but one picture: It’s of Franny, the daughter she never saw again after surrendering custody years ago and leaving on a plane to Russia. Homeland could even present this as a bittersweet happy ending where she loses her literal homeland in order to save it from another 20 years of post-9/11 MidEast tragedy, but in return she gets to be with Yevgeny who is strangely being presented as a new romantic mystery man in her life…. In Carrie Mathison’s mind not seeing Franny was more compassionate. Think Edward Snowden who some Americans will call a traitor and others a hero, but in Russia he’s a highly valuable and protected prop. At first glance, it’s all a large pill to swallow and that’s by design. Watch trailers & learn more. Carrie then headed back to Saul’s house. More times than not Carrie’s been right, yet her hunches from Nicholas Brody being compromised to the importance of a downed U.S. helicopter’s black box has put her further and further down the path to isolation and despair. For that reason, I imagine Saul will save Carrie from imprisonment, here or there, through some other career-sacrificing maneuver … but only after she extracts a secret about his Moscow contact that burns a bridge between them forever. to show how Carrie is intent on letting the whole spy world go (I could only imagine how picturesque this would be if Quinn hadn't disappeared)...because she does think of the world of Franny. Here is our breakdown of the varying ways Homeland could end for Carrie. Keane says she can’t do that, and can’t believe Carrie would even ask. In such cold terms, we watch what is essentially a father and daughter relationship turn into a haggling negotiation in Saul’s living room. According to him, Carrie will soon be back where she belongs – the intelligence community. But at least for judging a series finale, the answer is a bitter yes. Isn’t it always the way? She tried that already and it didn’t stick. And he’s manipulated her again by taking her to the frontier long enough to find something of interest for Russian intelligence. That piece is an ode to death, and one the composer began in 1791 but didn’t live to finish; that burden was left for someone else to carry on. We see Carrie in Franny… It would almost be a happy ending if Saul, facing obsolescence anyway, sacrifices his career by making a “deal” where Carrie is given to the Russians in return for the black box. to show how Carrie is intent on letting the whole spy world go (I could only imagine how picturesque this would be if Quinn hadn't disappeared)...because she does think of the world of Franny. Disgust when a younger, darker haired Saul gushes about how much trust and implicit love he has for Carrie while offering the name of his Russian asset on a laptop screen? He started Acar Entertainment in 2007 before landing the role of Taliban leader Haissam in season four of Homeland. After the death of her father Frank , Carrie returned from Pakistan to take on her responsibilities as her mother. Homeland: How Should Things End for Carrie Mathison. Carrie (Claire Danes) will return to what she does best in the upcoming season of "Homeland." It was teased all season, at first I thought as a form of his manipulation, and then a sign of his sleaziness that he would take advantage of a woman who doesn’t know what time of day it is. I do not think there is a version of the ending where Carrie is a mother to Franny again. Carrie has left her job in the White House and moved back to D.C. to live with her sister Maggie. So any happy ending of Carrie finding a new pseudo-Brody in Yevgeny simply reads as false at best and insidiously gross at worst. Those familiar wailing horns give a sampling, or maybe just the faded aroma, of the life and loves she left behind—an aural echo of that very first season. A recap of ‘Homeland’ season 7 episode 8 “Lies, Amplifiers, F**king Twitter.” ... Carrie has to drop off Franny at ... we’re back to the interrogation room. Repeating that narrative beat for the series finale, except now it’s her own country that wants to throw away the key, seems needlessly cynical. The Homeland series finale brings Carrie Mathison full circle with the plight of Nicholas Brody for a bittersweet conclusion. After she sacrificed her freedom and, as it turned out, months of her mental health to expose a Russian plot against the U.S., she spent more months still recovering in Germany before being tossed into the deep end of Afghanistan. Dar gave the order to Quinn to have Carrie shot in order to prevent the mission's failure, which landed Carrie back in the hospital. On its best days, Homeland was a parable about world events as they transpired in real time, predicting twists in the American-Iranian relationship in the same month as nuclear deals were reached. Be that as it may, the last time we saw Jack, he had turned himself in as a prisoner of Russia due to a previous rampage at the United Nations left many Russian nationals in body bags. It’s quite possible, in a way, that Carrie winds up a prisoner by the end of the series. Debbie is introduced as having a very kind heart and is very persistent. Nicholas Brody. Also unlike Brody’s brief moments as an Iranian political trophy, Carrie is able to finish what Anna started and insulate herself inside Russian power. After child services signs off, it seems Carrie and season six are headed toward a happy ending. Hurricane Monica returned to the South Side this week, much to everyone’s excitement. Carrie's sister Maggie finds Saul and says she's heard Carrie is back in town, but that she hasn't come to see her daughter, Franny, whom Carrie left Maggie to raise. Like Saul waiting for his next book, who knows yet? ‘Homeland’ Season 8: Carrie Mathison Met Her Match In Costa Ronin’s Russian Operative Dana Feldman Senior Contributor Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. 6. Get the best of Den of Geek delivered right to your inbox! By the end of “Clarity,” a sense of relief has taken root in the homeland. Tanner Stransky of Cinema Blend gave a fresh review to the season, "Juxtaposed against that nightmare that launched season 8's 2-hour season premiere was exactly what the show does portray rather accurately (most of the time) - the relationship drama." I want to go home.” She was over spy games before they ensnared her again, and even though she chose going to Russia over Franny, she was picking her passion for finding morality in foreign policy over domesticity. But whatever the price is, Carrie is paying it in full. For nine years we’ve watched Carrie grow, and Claire Danes give her electric and often agonizing life. Could Homeland mirror this? It’s why she fled it in season 4 and gave maternity a real shot. Unlike 24, Carrie doesn’t a network of allies beyond Saul Berenson at the CIA or in the White House. Admittedly, it’s tough to imagine Yevgeny ever dropping his guard around this woman, but then she’s a woman who can be very persuasive when she wants. He is the man who orchestrated the destabilization of American democracy and ruined a president in Elizabeth Keane whom Carrie once admired. Titling her tell-all Why I Betrayed My Country, Carrie not only seemingly condemns her own legacy to ignominy but marries it to Homeland’s own. Season 4 of Homeland aired from October 5, 2014 to December 21, 2014. It is not quite any of the endings I predicted for Carrie, but unlike other recent controversial series finales, it feels wholly appropriate. Did Dar Adal take Carrie’s daughter Franny away from her? Still, Saul hasn’t come just to drop off flowers: Simone and Yevgeny are in hiding, and he needs Carrie to run the exfiltration op that will bring Simone back to the United States and prove the existence of the Russian conspiracy. No?). The CIA analyst who’s given everything for her proverbial homeland hasn’t set foot there in over a year. If she betrays Saul, she will save herself and possibly prevent World War III. It’s a powerful idea that the first book Carrie sends Saul is her own apparent autobiography, a book written like Edward Snowden’s memoir in exile and with extreme scorn for the American government. I felt them all, but visibly Danes experienced them too, even as she sent that Russian spy to her death. There is no happy ending where Carrie gets Franny back and settles down. Franny was conceived towards the end of the fifth season shortly after her parent's Debbie Gallagher and Derek Delgadobegan having sex. He is not the spy who came in from the cold that Carrie found a kindred spirit in. When it came time to plan Season 8, much about the fate of the show’s protagonist, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), remained uncertain. The season 4 premiere of "Homeland" aired on Showtime Sunday night in back-to-back episodes. Yet she has already decided on her price of doing business, and it isn’t Saul’s life. She just persuaded the whole world she’s gladly forsaken her homeland, including probably more than a few of you. The Season 8 finale forces Carrie to make the hardest decision of her life. I believe Carrie when she told Saul in season 4, “This is not who we are, this is not who you are… no more dying. Did you consider revisiting any of the Brody family members in the final season? Suddenly a fascinating generational rift is crystallized between the former Cold War warrior and the officer who became the Drone Queen of Kabul’s CIA station. For “Homeland” to do what it does best, Carrie Mathison had to become Nicholas Brody in the show’s eighth and final season. By the time they have a needle in Saul’s toe, I’ve even accepted she is going to let him die, that there will be no last second ace (or gun) pulled from Carrie’s sleeve. Carrie's sister, Maggie, wants her to check herself into the hospital and get treatment for her bipolar disorder or she will take Frannie away, and she plans to start the proceeding by taking legal custody of her daughter. And all Carrie’s efforts to get away from the intelligence world are kind of pointless if the show is so desperate to put her back in harm’s way the writers will literally put the bad guy in an apartment across the street. Executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon were two of the creative forces behind the 2000s network drama and are the creators of Homeland. What pretext this would pivot on I cannot guess, but it would again echo Jack Bauer’s fate except Carrie would be going to a country that might treat her as a political asset. Once we understand in a way Franny likely never will, those words sting all the more. She takes Liam to school with her in the Pilot since nobody can take care of him.She looks really hard to find Frank when he's missing in Canada in episode 2, \"Frank the Plank\". Carrie recovers in Germany. Homeland season 8 spoilers ahead – turn back if you haven't seen the latest episode!. Saul negotiates. The man who, as she said in another scene tonight, caused her to burn a bridge with the last friend she had in the world? It’s a credit to Danes’ tenacity that we still think there could be a happy ending for Carrie, although not necessarily the one you expect. However, I am honestly creeped out by ever enigmatic Yevgeny Gromav and his relationship with Carrie. 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