“One of the pleasures of writing Homeland is writing Saul and Carrie scenes. Those are the scenes that every writer on the show wants to write, because that is really the primal relationship in the series. And this episode has one of the very best Saul/Carrie scenes we have ever done.” –Alex Gansa
Claire’s pod tour of 2020 continues with the holy grail, Fresh Air. This was a fascinating interview. In some respects Terry asks questions that we’ve heard of before and Claire gives many of the same answers. But there are two moments where Claire becomes audibly emotional, her voice unsteady and uncertain, and that is not something normal. I give credit to Terry for choosing questions other journalists might skip over and to Claire for being vulnerable enough to answer them. Worth a listen!
Really nice interview with Claire, Alex, Howard, and Lesli. I’ve enjoyed these more retrospective-type interviews and segments over the last few weeks. It’s interesting to see them reflect on the totality of the series as opposed to specific portions of it.
The interview actually begins around the 50-minute mark for some reason. Transcript here if you’re into reading.
“Carrie’s been traumatized so many times over,” Danes sums up to THR. “But I think in Russian custody, her PTSD was taken to a new level and now, the ultimate predator and the ultimate enemy is stalking her and she has to take the bait — because she needs to know what happened to her during that time and he’s the only person who can provide those answers. I think that’s pretty good dramatic material right there."She continues, "It does recreate the dynamic that she had with Brody. She is kind of aligned with Brody here and she’s another iteration of Brody, but she’s in another romance that is sort of feigned, but then becomes genuine, and she’s dancing with the adversary in a very dangerous way.”
There’s wariness from some in the Kabul station about Carrie’s return, including from ambitious young agent Jenna Bragg (Andrea Deck). Will she spell trouble for Carrie?
That’s an interesting relationship. She’s kind of a Carrie acolyte, initially, and Carrie exploits that, but she does appreciate Jenna as well.
In Kabul, Carrie runs into Yevgeny Gromov, the always troublesome Russian spy. We last saw him in the prison when he took away those much-needed antipsychotic drugs to punish her. What’s Carrie’s plan here?
He’s the reason she was in that Russian institution! She wants personal payback, but he’s also the only person who can help recover some of her lost memories. It’s also kind of a Stockholm syndrome thing with him at play.