Category: this is the best description of carrie and claire’s performance possibly ever??

“Carrie Mathison in Homeland is one of the essential characters of the early 21st century: She is…”

“Carrie Mathison in Homeland is one of the essential characters of the early 21st century: She is battling for respect in a man’s world; she wants to be in love but she has a job founded on mistrust; she is very attractive but not quite movie beautiful; she is plainly smart but she does stupid or deranged things—so sometimes she is in love with the man she suspects of deadly terrorist action. She is an emotional intellectual and a self-destructive who wants to save the world. She is a mess; she is bipolar. And she is played by Claire Danes—though ‘played’ is a little restrained or genteel as a description. Danes wrestles with Carrie. She fucks her and hates her. It’s a rare achievement.”

David Thomson, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (via hellyeahomeland)