'Homeland' S6E7: Imminent Risk

Just when you think you can't loathe Dar Adal any more...

"For the record, I've never forced myself on anyone."

The appearance of Dar at the lakehouse and his exchange of words with Quinn reveal a stomach-churning and chilling backstory to Quinn's life. His current debilitation is not the first time he has been a victim. We discover the nature of Dar's relationship with a young Peter Quinn and more than enough was said to give us a very clear picture of what happened. Dar, of course, considered Peter willing but, thankfully, Peter has the mental strength to find the words and tell Dar exactly what he thinks of him.

Considering that it was Dar who brought Quinn into the CIA and that Quinn has had more than enough chances to kill him over the years, the influence Dar still has over him is clear. For example, persuading Quinn that he's bought the house for him. I highly doubt that; he's just using Quinn's long-held dream of having a lakehouse versus the threat of returning to a psychiatric institution in an attempt to keep him isolated, far away from Carrie and the investigation. There is no goodwill gesture here, not from Dar, only more Machiavellian tactics.

"After my talk with Franny I made a determination that she's at imminent risk for further harm."

What better way to sideline Carrie than to remove her daughter from her care? Dar did warn (threaten?) Carrie about how vulnerable she was. With just one phone call, he's proved that. Now the only thing Carrie cares about is getting Franny back. She returns home, alone, isn't watching for the man across the street or trying to find out who he is involved with. Conlin is dead, so all gains they were making are, for now, lost. She isn't pursuing his fake suicide, nor does she continue trying to prove Sekou is blameless for the bombing. Instead, she retains Reda as her lawyer, then starts drinking.

Homeland: S6E7

Keane won't help Carrie because during her sequestration Dar informed her that Carrie was representing Sekou and that "they" didn't know if Carrie had knowledge of the bomb beforehand. If Dar were to leak that Keane had been and was still being briefed by Carrie, imagine the fallout for the new president-elect? She's recovered quite a bit of ground from her "escape from New York" optics by giving a high-profile interview, dressed all in women's-rights white, and there is no way she will jeopardize her presidency to help a distraught Carrie, even though she has just spoken about how awful it was to lose her own child.

Despite the school having a large "therapy" sign with plenty of open spaces that Franny could have been booked into in order to talk through her distress in a familiar environment, she is taken away and placed with unknown people. Why would Franny be immediately removed? It seems like a drastic overreaction to an event that was extremely upsetting, but is now over. The caseworker sucker-punches Carrie by informing the judge of her mental-health issues and then everything just goes the way Dar Adal planned. Perhaps Homeland is also showing us how differently parents with mental-health problems are treated because suddenly, as soon as "bipolar" was mentioned, everything Carrie had said was then considered questionable.

Will next week see a return to Carrie off her meds, still drinking, playing into Dar's hands of keeping her sidelined? Or will she find the strength to get back on track and fight for her daughter's return?

"Gentlemen, I have your passports."

Earnest Nate Joseph, whom Saul slyly recruited, is now handing Javadi a passport with a ticket to an ice hockey game tucked inside. An Iranian diplomatic visit to New York to discuss a quicker lifting of economic sanctions is the perfect cover for Majid Javadi to sneak into the U.S.

Considering the nature of a diplomatic visit, it would hardly seem to be of interest to protesters. However, there is a rabid, screaming crowd just outside the terminal with signs reading "Go back to Terror-ran." I guess the O'Keefe guy from the alt-right media show is reaching a lot of people.

"Javadi and Saul cannot meet, otherwise everything unravels."

The protesters also provide cover for someone to take Javadi's photo, sending General McLendon to meet Dar, demanding that Javadi and Saul not be allowed to meet. Cue Saul being stonewalled with an interrogation and Javadi picked up by his own people and having a fingernail torn out. When he and Saul eventually manage to connect, it is late at night. I do wonder what President-elect Keane will make of Javadi — that is if Saul manages to keep him alive long enough.

Homeland: S6E7

"She's a Gold Star mom, she's tough to argue with, at least for now she is."

General Jamie McLendon is as unhappy as Dar about Keane's bounceback from last week's sequestration. McLendon is the four-star general who emerged from Keane's office suite in the premiere of this season, declaring to Saul and Dar that the briefing had been "mercifully brief." What does Dar mean when he says, "at least for now she is." After Conlin's murder, Quinn being isolated, and Franny taken away, nothing can be ruled out where Dar is concerned, not even for the president-elect.

Just one phone call lets us know that the guy across the street is working not only for "900," but also for Dar Adal. Does this mean both Dar and "900" are in collusion? Further, does this huge private company feel it will have as much to lose as Dar believes the CIA will if Keane becomes president? If so, her safety might be even more at risk than we thought.

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Mar 10, 2017 5:41PM EST

Dar Adal's power and reach is incredible. I have no doubt that he could do literally anything and get away with it at this point. He seems to be very well and timely placed in several circles, with infinite resources and certainly never seems to sleep! I'm very concered for Keane's survival now...

My only question is what is the motive behind Dar's behaviour? He certainly has the means and oppotunity but he's lacking a clear motive at the moment. I'm not sure if he just wants power, money or if it's he's just pulling strings because it agrees with his own ideology or maybe he has political aspirations? Hopefully the next few episodes will make his motivations clear!

Also can we collectively give Quinn a hug, I feel he really needs some TLC more than ever before!

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Mar 13, 2017 3:24PM EDT

@Lucy. Hi, I'm sorry it's taken me a couple days to answer, our internet access was spotty, at most, over the weekend. Feels great to be back online - as of an hour ago = finally, the world has returned! Hee. : )

Thank you so much for your comment, insightful as always! : )

I totally agree with you about Dar Adal, he knows everyone, knows their weaknesses, how to play them in just the right way. That he's working with "900" and their access to phone calls and emails could perhaps explain why he is always in the right place at the right time. I don't know, but it's riveting watching the series unfold.

As for motive, we know he hates Keane as she doesn't want the CIA (or wars) to continue as they have been but as for what else is behind his actions, only he knows. I don't think he wants to be in the limelight, although I could be wrong, I think he'd prefer to be the kingmaker rather than the king. Hopefully, we will find out what his motive is but he's just so devious, so...will we? :/

Oh, yes, Quinn needs a group hug, definitely. He's trying so hard yet Dar is always a few chess moves ahead of him - and everyone else. Now stuck at that lake house, what on earth is going to happen?

If nothing else, it's a joy to watch an Oscar winner like F. Murray Abraham have such a huge part in everything that is going on this season. He and Rupert Friend are the standout actors, at least for me, in season six.

Thanks again for your comment, Lucy. : )

I can't wait to find out what's happened in episode 8! : )

Have a great week!

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Mar 14, 2017 7:37PM EDT

Aww thank you for your kind words! (Also very glad you are back in the land of internet to provide more tv insight!)

Dar Adal and the mysterious "900" are a very shadowy and scary background pairing, so much information and power at their disposal, are they using it all to find out how to smear Keane's name and presidency? Or are they using it for counterintelligence purposes? We'll have to see but I have a feeling they might unearth too much at some point as I'm sure the public won't be happy to find out how all their phone calls and emails can be read!

Ooh kingmaker is definitely a good description of Dar, he's definitely a more behind the scenes guy and is incredibly good at his role too (as well as fooling Saul which is no easy task). I do wonder if he'll manage to convince Keane himself to change her plans after setting Carrie up to look like an unstable mother and getting Saul distracted with Javadi...

No idea what will happen will Quinn at the lake house (though I am concered about the lake of exits and availible boat to escape if things go south) but I'm sure Kingmaker Grandmaster Dar Adal has a plan for him. Agree with you there, F. Murray Abraham and Rupert Friend have really been on fire this season. Phenomenal acting; I always quite liked Dar up until this season, but what a turnaround! If Rupert or F. Murray don't get Emmy nominations I will be shocked!

Hope you have a good week too :D

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Mar 14, 2017 7:44PM EDT

Rupert Friend has been unbelievable this season and totally deserves award recognition. (Although I do think Quinn's time is up. It's getting a little ridiculous.)

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Mar 16, 2017 4:19PM EDT

@Lucy, thank you so much for another great comment and your kind words. : ) It's lovely to have teh interwebs back! I'm trying to catch up with everything. That's a lot of fun, especially with great observations like yours to read! : )

Absolutely, I really wanted to use that quote of yours where you said Dar Adal was pulling all the strings, it would have fitted in perfectly. : ) Shadowy is definitely the word to describe Dar and 900 working together, ugh, too much power in the hands of people who are not (so far) being held accountable. Hopefully, everything will come together and 900 and Dar will be unmasked with everything made public but I have the feeling that won't happen this season. Although there's been plenty of thrills in Season 6, it feels, imho, that the writers are merely setting the groundwork for the next two seasons, where it will be fireworks aplenty. *crosses fingers*

Spoilers below for the next episode in case anyone reading this hasn't seen it:

Re: Quinn, Dar really does enjoy sidelining people. Yes, you were right to be worried about the lake house and Kingmaker Grandmaster Dar's plans for Quinn. Good grief! I did not see that coming.

Until episode 8, 'alt-truth' I thought Saul had suspected Dar, but he was so surprised that Carrie said Dar's name when they finally exchanged information in the car!

Definitely, I would love to see both F. Murray Abraham (the most delightful, funny man IRL) and Rupert Friend get Emmy nods. They really deserve them for their work this season. : )

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Mar 16, 2017 3:13PM EDT

@T.J. I know, expecting Quinn to be able to cope with all of the goings on, the extremely violent goings on is ridiculous but I keep coming back to how good a spy he was - he's still in there somewhere, but I think they jumped the shark with everything he's been put through, so far. That said, I would hate to lose Quinn from the show. To me, he *is* the heart of the show, especially giving such a poignant and soulful performance this year. Even if they just send his character off to a convalescence facility for season 7, with the hopes of him coming back in season 8...but the thought of losing him altogether, oh noes...I couldn't cope with that. :/

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