We have exhausted this topic as well. Check the March 2017 archives. We talked in circles about how the show ruined Dar’s character with the implications he had assaulted underage boys in his group.
But I still think Carrie and Saul are much more compelling than Dar and Quinn ever were. There were of course parallels between their respective relationships/mentorships but Carrie and Saul’s relationship has always been heaps more interesting and complex to me. Obviously YMMV.
However, Dar and Quinn weren’t “phased out” for Carrie and Saul. The Carrie/Saul relationship is the central relationship on this show, from the beginning. Probably not the answer you wanted to hear.
I did not get into Homeland because of Claire Danes. I binge watched the entire first season in like three days (including skipping classes so I could finish the last two episodes of season one #oop) right as season two was starting because I was curious about it after it won all those Emmys in 2012.
(Quick aside for more Sara/Homeland origin story: I remember this week well, because it was right after midterms so I had a TON of free time… I also had just moved into a new apartment and had three free months of Showtime via my cable provider so I was like, “hey why not!?” I remember watching the last scene of the pilot where Brody is running and stops in front of the US Capitol and being like “fuuuuuuuuck…. well there goes my day.” If only I’d known the rabbit hole I was about to go down…)
After I was caught up and started watching live, week-to-week (“State of Independence” was the first episode I ever watched live and as a result I have a major sweet spot for it purely for nostalgia reasons), I began to consume everything about the show and Claire Danes, who was (and still is, duh) my favorite part of it.
I very quickly understood that I needed to watch MSCL and I finished my first run through of the series in December of 2012, during my winter break. I loved it (obviously).
I added several not-so-subtle hints in this answer to let you know that this all was happening when I was in college, which meant I was not watching MSCL when it first aired in 1994 on account of being a tiny child.
What??? Episode 2 of season 2 made me fall even more in love with Emily!!
From the Marisa Tomei of it all to this truly heartbreaking goodbye at the airport…
I can’t believe the woman who could barely keep up with Lauren Graham on GG (I mean, it’s LG but still) is coming through on this show so hard. She found her genre, that’s for sure.
Currently listening: “Walking on Broken Glass” by Annie Lennox
I’ve been operating under the assumption that season eight was the final season for a long time… years maybe? Despite the wishy-washy nature of Claire’s late spring press, I remained convinced that season eight was the last one. Still, I nervously refreshed Twitter through my spotty connection on the subway home. I knew that if Showtime was going to announce the final season, they’d do it at the TCAs today. And I knew that nothing was set in stone and 100% final until it came from Nevins himself.
I’m feeling a wave of emotions right now, despite having had so long to prepare for this announcement.
I’m happy that the show gets to end on its own terms and that Showtime and Fox had the wherewithal to let Alex and Claire decide when it was time to go.
I’m relieved that the end is in sight and that I myself will be able to close this chapter of my life in just over a year.
And I’m sad, too. Sad because this space and this show have been a strange sort of anchor in my life for a really long time, a constant through college graduation, new jobs, a few cross-country moves, and new relationships and opportunities. It has been a comfort through the ups and downs of real life. I could probably never articulate how grateful I am for it and for the people it’s brought into my life. And while I know those people will still be there when this show is gone, the idea of this space growing darker and slower does make me feel anxious and a little bit mournful.
Like the show, nothing around here is getting canceled. Rather, it’s all just coming to its natural conclusion. In the beginning, no one was really listening. In the end, and because life is strange and mysterious like that, no one may be again.
But before I knew how to do much of anything around here–before I could make ok-looking gifs, before I understood how to edit podcasts, before I knew HTML and CSS and Photoshop–this space was here. A space where I could click “New post” and just write, where my voice could be uniquely, unabashedly mine. Maybe it would reach a few people, maybe it wouldn’t. But it was my home. And, like a real home, the assurance that it would be there for me to come back to has meant more to me than I could ever say. It’s been freeing in ways I can’t describe. I’ll really miss that.
Thanks for coming along for the ride, and cheers to a final go-round.
“Uh… Oh… Ah…” = “Fuck…. you…. Saul….”
Yay! That makes me happy! Now go watch LOVE on Netflix, where that song makes a very clutch appearance in the first season. You won’t be sorry.
How can I laugh at you watching “a bit” of Beverly Hills 90210 when my first true TV love was The OC?
Meredith Stiehm does have a sister, Jamie, who is bipolar. She penned a viral op-ed in the New York Times in the weeks after season one aired describing how her experience influenced not only Carrie’s character but her manic episode in “The Vest.” Here is a choice passage:
And yet for all that, I feel the show’s creators, writers and producers, and Ms. Danes, have done us all a public service: perhaps, with the show’s glowing reception, Americans can finally talk openly about bipolar disorder.
Meredith’s interest in my condition is not, of course, limited to her work as a writer. After the manic episode landed me in the Johns Hopkins hospital years ago, Meredith stayed with me at home for a week to help me get back to the regular simplicity of sleeping and waking.
And suddenly it’s dawned on me (and, maybe it’s dawned on me previously and I’ve just forgotten) that Meredith Stiehm is the Maggie of this story. That has a lot of resonance so many years later, even as Meredith has not written for the show for two seasons.
Your ask got me wondering what she’s been up to since she left the show after season five. IMDb and Google don’t show much, but she is on the board of directors for WGA West (with Chip) and had a seemingly important role in preventing a(nother) writers’ strike this past year.
I will always cherish the four months we had where Claire decided she want to be a 21st-century celebrity and post on Instagram.
(And, while we’re on the topic, her Instagram remains wholly confusing to me. Whenever I’m like “where is Claire on IG?” Ashley says, “she’s busy growing a person.” Which: yes! But while the timing of her creating the account and posting did coincide with the filming of Homeland’s seventh season, the timing of her stopping posting did not coincide with the S7 finale. And, as we know, she starred in a movie that was released this summer and …. nada. So we can’t even say it’s a Homeland-driven or even PR-driven account.)
Anyhoozles, I hereby declare this the most boring HYH summer ever.
I don’t know who Cindy Cowan is but she’s mistaken on both accounts.
Woulda been kind of awkward if LLG was like “actually I have a LESS important job on Homeland and also I have NEVER won an Emmy.”