Anonymous #2: I agree that the focus on Samira’s life outside of her relationship with Carrie were a welcome bit of respect paid to those lives. And the white savior trope is always valid to call out whenever it rears its head. But it’s tricky with this show because it also has been rightfully critiqued for unrealistically and unsubtly portraying life in the Middle East, and, maybe I’m wrong, but what other realistic escape would there have been for Samira at that particular moment?
I didn’t get to do the podcast last week, so I’ve been sitting on this for a little bit.
So, first of all, I know that Homeland has gotten a lot of well-deserved ridicule for their portrayal of the Middle East and I know that Homeland has learned exactly nothing from it. Do you remember what Carrie Mathison was doing in season six? She’d literally founded an organization that provided legal aid to Muslims specifically.
If the show leaned any harder into the white savior trope, it’d fall into a ditch.
The Samira stuff was especially kind of shitty because really it was just an excuse for Carrie to ditch the motorcade. (That was the writers’ motivation, not Carrie’s.)
I don’t know if she is going to play any sort of role moving forward, so, like… if that’s the last we see of her, that’s shitty. There was no need to get her brother-in-law involved and have him trying to drag her back to her village. There was no reason to write a story that required Samira to need rescuing.
But as related to Carrie’s character, I thought it was important and I really liked it, because it brought back the Carrie who will go to hell and back to protect her assets. Remember her horrified response when she realized that an asset she was 100% certain she’d never told anybody about had died horribly.
It reminded me of her relationship with Lynne Reed (RIP) in a way. I don’t think we’ve seen Carrie go that far out of her way to protect an asset since then. It was good to be reminded that Carrie does care about people, she does care about the people she puts in harm’s way, she will fight for people… it’s just, well, it doesn’t always work.
Please take this all with a grain of salt, because I’m probably the whitest white person I know, and honestly, Carrie “white savior”-ing Samira did not actually occur to me until you said it. I just saw Carrie trying to protect a woman who’d helped her.
But that’s on the writers, not on Carrie… and, weirdly, I do see them separately. They WROTE the situation, and Carrie reacted as I’d expect her to.
Am I talking too much? I think I’m talking too much.