Small Spoilers Included in this Thumbnail Preview of Homeland Season 4 Episodes One - Three
Over the first three seasons of Homeland, Carrie Mathison, as played by Claire Danes, has been pretty far from likeable. At almost any given time, though she was a sympathetic character, she was pitiable and annoying, too. True, her duel-diagnosis, mental illness coupled with her drinking and blackouts, indiscriminant, risky sex—her doomed love for Brody and unwed-mother/”widow” status gave her a lot of excuses for behaviour unbecoming. But now the Homeland writers have come up with perhaps the best reason yet to cock an eyebrow at Carrie: Her failure to attach to her and Brody’s baby.
As season 4 of Homeland opens, Brody of course, is dead. His little spawn has had precious little time with her mother as Carrie has an assignment in Kabul as CIA Chief of Station, where relatives are not allowed. Carrie and her sister, who cares for the kid, have a fraught relationship based on Carrie’s failure to engage with her infant daughter. Carrie’s seeming distaste for her daughter we are to believe, is due to her numbing herself to pain and loss—behaviour which is also amply explored when Carrie is engaged in what seems to be her reason for existence—work.
The first two episodes reintroduce us to characters returning in season 4, one of whom has a total makeover, as well as to brand-new characters including a Pakistani boy (Akshay Kumar) who in particular, seems like will be a major player this season.
Even so, Homeland does not truly ignite until we have Quinn (Rupert Friend), whose PTSD continues to intensify, and Carrie sync up again. There is no doubt that Quinn and Carrie have real hemistry. But from the get-go through the present, their heads have been in very different places. All I can say is that Quinn is a brave man because he’s seen Carrie at her worst and he remains…well, I guess we’ll see if he is going to share his true feelings for Carrie.
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