By telling us that the new character of Dante Allen, played by Morgan Spector, is “an old friend” of Carrie’s, I’m guessing that hastens a romance between the two. Maybe they had a fling in the past. Regardless, it gives the writers permission in a way to omit the development and nurturing of a relationship and gets them faster into each other’s arms. Obviously, AFG is feeling the pressure, with 2 seasons left, to get something going again wrt C’s heart. Unfortunately, Q is irreplaceable. Duh.

That’s an interesting point. The Homleand writers sure do love the in media res style of storytelling for characters, don’t they?