When Homeland season 3 ended, I thought that was it. The story was told, the ending was pretty devastating but very powerful as well, and it just felt like a series finale. To my big surprise the fourth season was announced. At first I was pretty sceptical. I just thought that with one of the main cast members not returning, and the story having reached a conclusion, that this was just an attempt to keep milking a very succesful series. However, having just finished this season I can honestly say that my fears have been put to rest. Season 4 just happens to be the best season to date, except for one thing, which I will adress shortly.
Season 4 finds Carrie Mathison returning in her new role as station chief in Kabul. When she receives high level intelligence from her counterpart in Islamabad, she orders a drone strike. It turns out that the drone hits a wedding party, and that the high level target, the terrorist known as Haqqani, may not even have been eliminated by the strike. As tensions begin to run very high in Pakistan, Carrie finds herself in the middle of it. When enlisting the help of former friends, Carrie is being undermined by both her new colleagues and the Pakistani government. Lines begin to blur, and the question becomes who to trust? Meanwhile, danger lurks at every corner, and soon this danger becomes very, very personal indeed…..
What to say about this season? As always the acting was absolutely superb. Claire Danes just is simply amazing in her role, and she seems to grow with every season. But both Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend as Saul and Quinn respectively, also do a fantastic job. This season truly contains some nervewracking episodes, most notably episodes 8, 9 and 10. This season was just an absolute amazing experience from start to episode 11. You must have noticed how I do not say “from start to finish”. I wish I could have done this, but the last episode of this season was just an absolute letdown. The series finale of season 4, just felt like I was watching an entirely different show. After the incredible tension filled episodes that came before, we are treated to an almost soaplike end to an otherwise fantastic season. This was a bit of a disappointment, but despite the finale, I still think that this has been the best season of Homeland to date. It almost felt like a complete renewal of the show, and I am looking forward to what is going to happen next.
I give season 4 of Homeland a 8 out of 10 score. The score would have been higher, but I could not justify it because of the final episode.