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hellyeahomeland: Homeland | “Pilot”

hellyeahomeland:

Homeland | “Pilot”

What were his exact words, please?
An American prisoner of war has been turned.

Homeland | “Pilot”What were his exact words, please?An American…

Homeland | “Pilot”

What were his exact words, please?
An American prisoner of war has been turned.

Things Carrie Wore This Week*

*361 weeks ago

PREVIOUSLY ON THINGS CARRIE WORE THIS WEEK: Carrie wore a dress!

Oishk, so “The Weekend” is… an episode. A real journey. It’s also pretty fucking flawless. I’m still not sure it’s the best Homeland episode (or my favorite), but shit is it good. 

Anyway, we begin with purple blouse.

I included this shot because you can actually see that Carrie is wearing legitimate heels here. Good for her! The “pissed off all my college boyfriends”/“all of them?”/“both of them” exchange here is so good and reminds me that Carrie is actually funny this episode and cracks SEVERAL jokes. I don’t really think of Carrie as a funny person and it’s hard to actually tell which parts of the episode are the “important parts” where she was being real instead of fake but ….. ANYWAY THINGS SHE WORE.

I love this silly purple sleeveless blouse. I know the navy blouse is more ~iconic~ but the purple one looks so much nicer. She needs color. 

Of course the rest of the episode is Carrie in this grey shirt and old jeans and I was thinking a lot about how this outfit is exactly the kind of thing that she’d have at this cabin…. just real kinda whatever clothes. 

This episode is a lot about removing walls and boundaries in their relationship and showing us a side of Carrie we didn’t know (e.g., the side that knows what a “nosegay” is, or a side that is actually funny) and this is the most casual thing we’ve ever seen her wear, save pajamas. So while it’s an unremarkable outfit choice, at least sartorially speaking, it totally and completely fits for the moment.

After watching this episode, I got to thinking about the importance of the cabin not just in the Carrie/Brody canon, but in the Carrie Mathison canon. In some ways it represents the real Carrie. In several other ways, it represents Carrie’s own delusions and wildest dreams – it was here she playacted adventures with her sister and dreamed of greater, more exotic places. 

Every trip to the cabin represents something disarmingly free of artifice and yet entirely built up out of it. In this episode, she takes Brody here, seemingly on a dare, and is surprised that she might actually be falling for him, despite simultaneously feeling that he is possibly a terrorist (and definitely turned). 

In season two, they return, almost as a cleansing act, and she considers, again, what a life with him might be like. That night, Franny is conceived, turning the dream into something terrifyingly real. 

Later, in season five, while the life she built in Berlin is at risk in every possible way, she tells Otto that when it’s all over she’ll take Jonas and Franny to the cabin and never leave. There they’ll stay, cocooned from reality. 

None of this has much of anything to do with her clothes, except that we only ever see the same grey t-shirt, faded blue jeans outfit one other time, at the beginning of “The Smile.” 

In fact, we see this outfit in successive scenes, as the last thing Carrie thinks of before her first ECT treatment in “Marine One” is that weekend with Brody. 

Maybe it was an unconscious thing, maybe this is just the costume department’s “casual Carrie outfit.” Maybe not though. At a time in Carrie’s life when so much else was faded and without definition, maybe this was her attempt to get back to that person she was at the cabin. Maybe that was the most honest with herself, and with anybody else, she’d ever felt. Maybe that was, despite all the secrets and lies and bullshit and so much else, the real Carrie. 

IN CONCLUSION: SO WHAT IS THE TRUTH DOT GIF.

“I’m all alone… I’m… meditating.”↳ Carrie Mathison…

“I’m all alone… I’m… meditating.”
Carrie Mathison in every episode | “The Weekend”

“I like it when life is like that… heightened somehow.”↳…

“I like it when life is like that… heightened somehow.”
Carrie Mathison in every episode | “The Good Soldier”

“You really wanna know the truth? I’ve been on my own for a…

“You really wanna know the truth? I’ve been on my own for a while now.”
Carrie Mathison in every episode | “Blind Spot”

“Besides, I’m better at spilling my guts to total strangers…

“Besides, I’m better at spilling my guts to total strangers anyway.”
Carrie Mathison in every episode | “Semper I”

“Just say something. Because when you cut me out, I’m all…

“Just say something.
Because when you cut me out, I’m all alone out here and I can’t stand it.”

Carrie Mathison in every episode | “Clean Skin”

Part IV of my ongoing life’s work that is the “Carrie Mathison:…

Part IV of my ongoing life’s work that is the “Carrie Mathison: Wordsmith” series is live! This was a real labor of love, and I hope you all have as much fun watching as I did making it.* 

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