There’s been something fishy going on in the CIA all season on “Homeland,” but in the penultimate episode of Season 4, viewers finally realized what was going on: Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) is seemingly working with Haqqani (Numan Acar).
Let’s work through these emotions together: What? Huh?! Of course!
Dar has always been working on the darker side of the CIA, but it is a big and unexpected twist that he is an ally (assumedly) of Haqqani, the main terrorist at the center of this season. The fact that the ISI is working against the United States is one thing, but having one of the CIA’s own operatives actively working against his organization is a twist that wasn’t seen coming, though it was telegraphed a bit in “Krieg Nicht Lieb” when Director Lockhart (Tracy Letts) realizes he’s being forced out.
This sort of twist is what “Homeland” does best though. Looking back, the big question about Season 4 was how it would set apart from the three-season Brody arc that came before. While the writers have done a great job at bringing a freshness to the series, it’s incredibly fitting that the biggest twist in this new season is that there seems to be a CIA traitor in Carrie Mathison’s (Claire Danes) midst again.
Instead of Brody (Damien Lewis), it’s Dar who turned his back against his country. Why? How? To what end? These are all hopefully questions that will be resolved in the Season 4 finale, “Long Time Coming.” Who knows, maybe Dar isn’t actually Haqqani’s ally and is instead on his own anti-Pakistan mission, but a promo for the finale certainly makes it seem like he’s working for the dark side.
Beyond the episode’s jaw-dropping twist, there were plenty of other great moments. Carrie and Quinn (Rupert Friend) clashing was just as riveting as when Carrie and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) locked horns in previous seasons, and the final sequence where Quinn wanted to set off a bomb but didn’t know Carrie was standing over it was especially riveting.
“Homeland” also did a great job addressing the death of James Rebhorn
, who played Carrie’s father Frank. Instead of writing him off the show between seasons, his death was played unexpectedly late in the season and had great emotional resonance. Those scenes where Carrie tried to cope with her grief while also handling a life-or-death situation proved that Danes well-deserves this year’s Golden Globes nomination
And so only one episode remains before “Homeland” Season 4 comes to an end. It’s been a surprising journey this year, but in “Krieg Nicht Lieb” the many unconnected story threads entwined together again — even Aayan’s (Suraj Sharma) ex Kiran (Shavani Seth) served a purpose! Here’s looking forward to what comes next, both in the season finale and in Season 5.