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‘Homeland’ Season 4 Finale or Silence is the Battlefield of Self-Reflection or War Is Over (And That’s Okay!)

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Last night’s episode of Homeland was brought to you by the letter S. S stands for Silence. And silence needs no explanation.

Cards out on the table: YES, I APPEAR TO BE THE ONLY PERSON WHO ENJOYED LAST NIGHT’S HOMELAND. (1) I have no shame in admitting it. (2) I was well aware throughout the episode that this may very well be the case. Like you I was waiting around in the silences between the silences for the proverbial shoe to drop. I tweeted at the time that “Every time someone steps into a car and smiles, I swear it’s going to blow up“. But alas, no one blew up. Nor did the CIA operative asking Quinn to join him shoot him in the back and face down into the community pool, either. Nor was Saul not poisoned by Dar Adal over Chicken and Waffles… But see, here’s the thing: I feared it. I imagined it. I wallowed in the expectation of it. In anxiety. In paranoia. We (the audience, as much as the characters) have been in the thick of a personal and violent war in the Middle East for months and in a state of unrelenting and impending horror and mistrust. The season (not the episode) built those expectations into our psyches, and successfully so. And now, it’s just over? Yes. Take a deep breath, and accept it. Eventually war ends. (And that’s a good thing.)

“Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder” (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that may develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which severe physical harm occurred or was threatened.  (source)

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Homeland 4.10 or Hillary Told Us From The Beginning or Carrie-lite is Alright

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Last night’s Homeland was brought to you by the later H. H stands for Hillary. Hillary of “you can’t keep snakes in your backyard and expect them not to bite your neighbors” fame. If you recall, we have heard Clinton deliver this line week after week all season long in the opening credits. You may or may not recall, however, the context in which they were originally spoken: to Pakistani officials in Islamabad in 2011 in relation to their protection of the Haqqani Taliban network which operates on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Sound familiar?

With that in the rear-view mirror, the Benghazi-like events of last night’s episode, entitled “13 Hours in Islamabad” (a direct reference to the book “13 Hours in Benghazi“), should ring even louder bells. Indeed, Homeland must have Dick Wolf on retainer because the “ripped from the headlines” feel of this season is stronger than ever before. Yes, it’s a television show but, these things are happening all the time and Homeland is pulling us cozy first-world civilians into the utter tragedy and helplessness that diplomats, intelligence, military, and third-world citizens have to suffer through in a state of war. And war doesn’t stop for love, and barely long enough for self-reflection. It just keeps going.

Speaking of love — confession: I respect and admire the hell out of this season of Homeland, and yet, week after week, I very secretly hope that in a fit of culpability and rage, Carrie will just bend Quinn over a desk and — well not exactly but you see where I’m going. Maybe I’m a shipper, or just a perv, but deep down it’s killing me that these two haven’t so much as touched one another all season… and yet I understand how very wrong it would be if they had by now. In fact, I’d like to thank the writers for sticking to the plot and not deviating into carnal melodramas. That’s what I have Scandal for.

Sunday night’s episode kept the ball of high-intensity action and drama rolling, and although the season isn’t over, the tragedy and truth to this week’s story should really strike a chord.

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