“All In” | Directed by Alex Graves
The episode opens as Saul, Carrie, and the team arrive from Moscow. In an interesting reversal, they are the ones being watched now–by Mirov and Yevgeny. We really like this scene because we finally get to know the full names of Carrie’s Angels, but it also provides some key insight into how Yevgeny views Carrie. He doesn’t view her as an idiot, even as he turned her (unwittingly) against her own country. As Yevgeny stares intensely on the screen in front of him, we understand he’s telling the truth. She is a worthy adversary for him, but now they’re on his turf.
It’s been nearly a full season since we’ve seen Dar, and the editing, cinematography, and overall directing take great care to make the reveal worth it. Director of Photography Giorgio Scali shoots Dar from afar, behind Paley’s coat, and it’s not until after Dar says his first line, his voice low and gravelly, that we actually see his face.
Dar is shot from below–much as he has been in prior seasons, especially season six–conveying a power and authority that only now stands in stark contrast to his current position. As he says, he’s been stuck in prison for the last six months.
We also want to note Dar’s black cap here, which matches closely the ones Saul and Carrie wear later in the episode. Is this an intentional costuming choice? Is Dar on his way out, back into the game? Or is it just a coincidence?
This isn’t totally an “IJLTP” pic, although this shot is really freaking cool. This episode has several “maze-like” shots, and this is the first. Here we gaze down the long, twisty spiral of barbed wire lining the fence surrounding the prison.
This week @ascloseasthis, @pinkys143, and I talk about the raised stakes in “All In,” including the return of one of the show’s most notorious villains, the climactic meeting of Carrie and Simone, fucking Janet, spidey!Carrie, and Yevgeny and Simone’s twisty love affair. We also discuss how the season will end: will Carrie be successful? Will Keane keep her job? Will Saul leave Carrie behind? Will any of us actually survive the episode?!
(Alternate titles: “Weird Homeland Meta Dream Slash Nightmare,” “A Cadbury Egg,” “He’s a Little Bitch,” “This Needs to End.”)
Two guesses as to who I called a little bitch 🤣👀🤷🏼♀️
“From the day you were born, you’ve had a mind of your own. You never listened to anyone, even when you were little. You used to wave at planes, remember? And I would say, ‘Who are you waving at? They can’t see you!’ But you would just keep on waving. You were always so fearless, too, my God. I hated you for that. Why was I scared all the time? How come you got to be the brave one?”
Sara @carriemathison is killing it with these gif sets! 🙌🏻
“Useful Idiot” | Directed by Nelson McCormick
The first stop on Yevgeny’s BMW-sponsored trip through the mid-Atlantic is the airport hanger. This scene gave Gail “Long Time Coming” vibes and it gave Sara “Super Powers” vibes. People on this show sure do fly private a lot!
It’s here where the Yevgeny/Carrie parallels start. Committed to the mission, willing to leave behind Simone (with whom just a few minutes ago he was daydreaming about a month-long sex-filled getaway) but not willing to leave behind “his guy.” There are many echoes not only of late-season four Carrie, unwilling to leave Islamabad before she can find Quinn, but also of all seasons Carrie. Yevgeny is the most evenly-matched adversary Carrie has ever known (although, ironically, she’s never actually met him), created in her own image of “mission over man.” And this episode gives a laundry list of reasons why. At the end of the scene, he says, “I can’t!”–a familiar refrain to all of us who have followed Carrie’s journey.
Sara had a slight panic attack when she saw this moment. One of the most disturbing moments of “A False Glimmer” (and there are many) was Carrie digging her fingernails into her palm in the hospital chapel. Here she is, doing it again, underlining the similarities between the situation she found herself in at the end of season five with Quinn, and the one she stands in now with Dante.
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The problem isn’t that you don’t love your country. It’s that your country doesn’t love you back.
This has to be one of my favorite gif sets. So profound.
Who did we catch for an interview this time?
Who did we catch for an interview this time?