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Homeland Season 6 Finale Recap: Greater Expectations Grade It!

Need to catch up? Check out the previous Homeland recap here. Season 6 of Homeland wrapped up with Sundays finale but if youre looking for a happy ending, youve come to the wrong place. Dar Adal walks through that favorite restaurant of his and back to the meat locker, where he finds a U.S. senator [] //

'Homeland' S6E12: America First

"Believe me, it was never my intention for things to turn so dark. Ultimately, I lost control of what I set in motion. What I did was unforgivable, but I'm not sure it was wrong. There's something off about her — the president, I mean. I know, I've said it before, but there's something dogmatic and dangerous, something distinctly un-American." Much as I've loathed him this season, after watching the entire finale, I was taking no satisfaction in seeing Dar in a military jumpsuit, one of the 16 people already detained in a military facility. Dar's instinct is correct. Saul: "Carrie, are you gettin' this? Cracker and Cross were detained this morning. They're making arrests all over Washington. You gotta talk to her, Carrie. Tell her to stop this insanity." Newsreader: "...dozens of arrests made in connection with the attempted assassination of the president earlier this month. According to the president's chief of staff, those arrested include officials from all departments of government, including State, the Department of Defense, and the CIA." With these key senior officials arrested, Keane has effectively hobbled the entire government, not just its main agencies. "Everyone detained today was connected to the conspiracy," Carrie is told by Keane's new chief of staff. Carrie's reply: "You used me. I didn't know we were going to go full Joseph Stalin. This has nothing to do with conspiracy, this is political housecleaning — payback, pure and simple." As usual, her analysis is correct. The end shot of her looking back at the Capitol after being escorted from the White House shows her, the one free spy, out in the cold, up against an entire government. It's a grim shot and by the look in Carrie's eyes, she realizes she helped bring about this totalitarian regime, albeit unknowingly. I have to wonder if this is why, six weeks on, Franny has yet to be returned to her. That's at least two months Franny has been gone and only now a home visit has been arranged. It's all very strange and makes me think that Franny has been kept away from her mother simply to keep Carrie quiet. "What we do know is that everything she said she would do was a lie… she has expanded the Patriot Act, ignored court orders." I admire Homeland for leaving it to Brett O'Keefe to tell us what's happening. Keane has had 16 government officials, including a senator, sitting in a military prison with no explanation. He also says she is ignoring court orders. Of course, this broadcast is before Saul has a gun pointed at him in his car and most everyone else seated around the "Carrie table" was arrested. "Did she even put her hand on a Bible?" There should at least have been a video made available to the press. It is troubling that not even one photograph was made public. Why? Brett O'Keefe, Dar Adal, et al. played straight into Keane's plan to dismantle the government agencies, not just the CIA. It's curious that he has yet to be arrested. His egregious behavior and his domestic propaganda machine at "900" is all well known, announced on his show to the world. Surely he's being investigated by both the media and government agencies. Yet, he goes free as government officials with no complicity are arrested? Weird. Suspicious. Keane's chief of staff mentions to Carrie that they're listening to conversations gathered by the NSA? Is "900" perhaps part of that information gathering? There was no mention of that organization in the finale. For me, the strangest thing about O'Keefe's "black box" operation at "900" is: why wasn't it up and running before the election? Why was "900" only hiring like crazy after Keane had been elected? Surely the mere fact that she was in the running for a very close presidential race would have made "900" indispensable to invalidate her long before anyone got near a ballot box? They should have hit her with her son's "cowardice" before the election, made her unelectable. Why would someone like O'Keefe wait till after Keane was elected to start with the fibre optic cables and the hiring of all those government officials? We still don't know who was really in charge of "900." Something about all of this just does not feel right. Could Keane and/or (more probably) her billionaire financial backers be the real puppet masters behind "900"? Was it all cleverly strategized to undermine the government from before she began her campaign? Going on O'Keefe's show gave her millions in free advertising that would reach not just his supporters but people on the fence about her. Remember, she said, "Half the country hates me." Could she have been involved? The assassination attempt reminded me of something I read over 20 years ago: "The one thing that will bring popularity to an unpopular head of state is a failed assassination attempt. Their ratings go through the roof as citizens are outraged at the attack on their democracy." Yes, of course, McLendon and O'Keefe were part of it all, but how much input did Keane have? It is strange that her car was last to leave, almost as though McLendon's people had been left out of the loop. Still, McLendon stuck to the narrative that Quinn was the assassin throughout. It's all too suspicious and doesn't add up. Thoughts and observations Yes, there probably was, at the last moment, by McLendon and others, a coup planned. But not just one. Keane always planned to take down all the main government agencies, directly accusing them of being complicit in her fake/failed assassination. It feels like a long-term plan of Keane's. My heart broke quite a bit as Quinn, an expert field agent, assessed the available exits and came to the conclusion that the only way out was to sacrifice himself for Carrie and Keane. Had he lowered his body, then the bullets might have hit Carrie and/or Keane. He couldn't take that risk. Quinn's cherished photos (including one of John Jr.), his only personal belongings, were kept in an old envelope. He had, unknown to Carrie, a smiling photo of her. What made me crumble was that the photos in the envelope were hidden in Dickens' book Great Expectations . Quinn did at some point have hope; this was not the ending we wished for him. Past is prologue. It feels like McCarthyism all over again, only this time the senior officials from all branches of government are being accused of plotting to assassinate the president. There will be many hearings. People will inform on others just to get themselves out of trouble. Then, all the alliances that have been built up over years, decades, will be lost. No one will trust anyone, not even someone they've worked with closely. We're going to have to wait until Season 7 to find out any answers. Was Keane involved? Was everything a set-up to get an unpopular leader fully in charge? What will happen to Saul? Will Carrie ever get Franny back? I'd love to hear your thoughts, not just about the finale but also about the season. Did you enjoy it? Hate it? Are you looking forward to seeing Carrie analyze everything in Season 7?

Homeland: Homeland, Season 6, Episode 12: In the Finale, Carrie Discovers a New Adversary

It would have been nice to return to the real world with a happy Homeland ending behind us, a fade into a comforting made-for-TV resolution. Oh well. ....Read More... //

Homeland Season 6 Episode 12 Review: America First

So that happened. Homeland Season 6 Episode 12 just upended a season that had felt tight in its plot and coherent in its character development for...shock value? I don't even know. So, let's see. Peter Quinn is dead for real this time. That was pretty much my takeaway. ....Read More...

Homeland Finale Recap: Another Lesson Learned

The season finale of Homeland focused on several of the things this show does best.  ...Read More... //

'Homeland' S6E11: R Is for Romeo

Thanks to Saul and Quinn, all the arcs finally came together. The writing in this season's extraordinary penultimate episode left me breathless, both with the pace it gave the show and the eloquence it gave to all of the characters. "We have O'Keefe, we have a disinformation campaign designed to discredit the president-elect, and as of today we have boots on the ground. That seem familiar to any of you? It does to me… it does not end well for the elected regime." The room remains silent as each person realizes Saul has just told them there is a coup underway. "You're fighting for your lives, do you get that? You can't afford to remain silent." Lives, plural. It's not just Keane who is in danger, but also her associates. Saul decided not to run. The tape from poor Max must have convinced him that his beloved CIA had been compromised, so he turns on Dar. Finally. I can only imagine how hard it must have been to watch the recording and see Dar in collusion with O'Keefe. Saul risked his liberty walking into that hotel to speak to Keane, as she was throwing him under the bus for what happened in Berlin, just to get to Dar. "Five million views within the first hour, more than two million posts. One and a half million of those posts came within one minute of that video being released." That was a misstep by the O'Keefe's sock puppeteers. To have been credible, that number of posts should have come in at a steady pace, over hours or days, but they would have had orders from the unassailable O'Keefe. With the timestamps on each post easily able to be checked, questions will be raised. "You didn't just fake the lying video, you faked the hate and the lies that accompanied it." O'Keefe tries to appear disbelieving, but Keane then tells his viewers that "900" is run out of his studio. The media will now take over. They will be falling all over themselves to investigate O'Keefe, the building, the trials – more will be uncovered and O'Keefe should be held accountable for his deplorable domestic propaganda machine. However, he is not the biggest fish. There has got to be someone or something who is funding this operation. Is it some rogue element in the CIA, in the government? Or is it a private individual or even another country? "You are not a free voice speaking truth to power, you are a government shill." It was a great scene and Keane left at the perfect time, having rattled O'Keefe to the core with her knowledge. The five million hits his website gets every single day will surely triple, at least, as people tune in to see this battle. "He blew up the boy in the van. I have proof. The real van is in the garage." They switched the Medina Medley van, but now the evidence has been destroyed, the knit/watch cap guy has been bludgeoned to death by Quinn, and the body probably obliterated in the blast. George Pallis is missing, so Quinn may not have full immunity. The plot to kill Keane is now in full motion. Quinn must have followed those guys and returned once he knew knit cap wasn't with them. How else would he have known to break down the front door, saving Carrie's life? Carrie, despite the horrifying, terrifying assault, managed to fight that huge guy off by stabbing him in the face with chopsticks. Kudos, Carrie. But watching her being dragged back down that hallway made me feel as though I was watching a horror movie. "You didn't save my life, you killed it. You did this to me." Watching Quinn behave intentionally like a monkey was heart-breaking. Everything he says about himself in this episode speaks of a broken man who blames himself for so much. When he says Carrie has to let him go it's not just so he can follow the men, it's that he doesn't want to live like this anymore and also that there will be no relationship between them, ever. This is his final mission and Carrie is devastated. "Be sure to drink your milk." O'Keefe's body language shows his squeamishness at Max being physically hurt by Dar. I thought perhaps he might have ordered that Max be given the key card. However, Dar needed Max, so had him freed. "We have a friend in common: Peter Quinn. He's developed quite an online presence recently A website that disturbs me. You wanna know why?" Dar is asking Max for a favor? He really is protective of Quinn and wants to know what O'Keefe is up to. O'Keefe closed the laptop that had Quinn's face on the screen last week when Dar asked what it was. I'd take satisfaction at Dar finally being kept out of the loop and having to ask for help, but with Quinn's life at stake, it's just too scary. Max finds Toxic Soldier. Fake Quinn's main preoccupation on his fake website is real hatred of Keane. Quinn has been set up to be Keane's assassin. He's a patsy. "What do these letters look like to you?" "Romeo, East Coast, where?" "Here." Immediately, Carrie knows something is terribly wrong. George Pallis has disappeared from the briefing post. Trying to communicate anything to Rob Evans, as he tells her there was an incident and that there are reinforcements incoming, is impossible. The hotel is under siege. The bomb goes off and the connection is lost, with Evans dismissing her call. Carrie is excellent at putting everything together. She'll know the reinforcements are the team from the house and that they'll have all the correct credentials to access the president-elect's hotel, kill her Secret Service detail, and then kill Keane. Will she either be able to get through to Rob or get to Keane in time to save her? All we can hope is that she doesn't take Quinn with her. Dar will be frantically trying to get Max to both take down the website and contact Quinn. However, the only way Quinn can be said to have been the assassin (attempted assassin) is if Keane is attacked by sniper fire. That way the crew from the house will have time to get to Peter and have his body and fingerprints all over the shooting position, especially the rifle.

Homeland Season 6 Episode 11 Review: “R For Romeo”

"R For Romeo" is the penultimate episode of Homeland Season 6, and in many ways, it plays like a season finale, giving fans who have stuck with the show throughout this slow-burn season plenty of satisfying moments, such as Carrie and Quinn finally taking down the Man Across the Street and Keane having a face-to-face confrontation with Brett O’Keefe. However, this week’s episode doesn’t tie up every loose end; in fact, the final moments of "R For Romeo" leave the audience (and the show’s characters) in a shocked daze, as Carrie and Quinn survive an explosion that destroys any evidence of foul play in Sekou’s death after the two of them discover what looks to be a deadly plot against Keane. By the end of this hour, it appears that O’Keefe, or whoever is truly in charge, is launching one final attack against the President-elect, and this strike isn’t one that’s going to damage Keane’s reputation; no, it sure seems like the goal of this plan is to actually kill Keane. It’s not totally clear how exactly this operation will go down yet, but I would almost guarantee that the extra men that Rob tells Carrie about during their interrupted conversation on the phone aren’t coming to protect the President-elect but assassinate her. And perhaps the worst part about the whole thing is that it looks like Quinn will be the patsy that is set up to take the blame for this plot, as Max and Dar Adal discover that O’Keefe has been posting online as Quinn for months, creating his own blog on which he promotes violence towards Keane. READ MORE...

Homeland Recap: Real Estate Boom

Need to catch up? Check out the previous Homeland recap here. This week on Homeland, Carrie and Quinn get very warm in their mission to bring Black-Hatted Guy to justice and expose Dar Adals evil scheme and maybe get a little burnt in the process. Theyre still in that house in Queens, and Quinn has [] //

Homeland: Homeland, Season 6, Episode 11: Is Quinn Just a Natural Killer?

Did you happen to notice how much of the show was about one character trying to get another to say something? Dar and Max, Carrie and Quinn. Saul and everyone. ...Read More... //

Homeland Recap: Toxic Soldier

This episode took some unexpected twists.   ...Read More... //