It’s no question that Quinn loved Carrie more than she loved him. Maybe he even loved her too much. And certainly it was too much for Carrie in the short window of time they had.
That doesn’t necessarily mean that Carrie didn’t love him. Carrie internalizes a lot and so we don not know for sure what she is or is not feeling. But I guess at this juncture, it’s up to each and every of us to choose what we can and want to believe and what not.
I could build you a case with all the evidence why I think she did love him – and I could build you a case with all the evidence why she probably didn’t love him.
And of course it’s hard not to compare Carrie’s and Brody’s relationship with what she and Quinn had or did not have. But I don’t think it’s fair to either of these two men who both lived through a lot of torture and tragedy and carried a heavy burden.
Well, lucky me, I have the best of both worlds and I strongly recommend it: HYH is a blog about Homeland and currently the focus is on season 7 for obvious reasons. And FMRF celebrates Rupert and his work in all his silly and glorious perfection. So that’s a little like comparing the literal apple with the literal pear, and it’s great that both spaces exist and offer rich content each and every day. Just pick and choose what’s your cup of tea.
That the writers weren’t invested enough in the love story between Carrie and Quinn doesn’t mean they weren’t invested in the relationship between those two. From their first scene together they built up a relationship based on respect, trust, and honesty.
Even Claire spoke about (I am paraphrasing here) the deep and unconventional romance between Carrie and Quinn.
It was never anyone’s intention to make those scenes not pure and beautiful, and it highlights the importance that relationship had, regardless of how they chose to end it.
And believe me, the moment they wanted to make a scene awkward or cringe-worthy, they did–e.g., the hug in Carrie’s basement or the monkey scene.
Every Peter Quinn Scene Ever ︱ “Long Time Coming”
↳ “We get out together.”
He would be right here with me now.