Iron in the Fire
Homeland Season 4



Critic Ratings: 12
Critics Consensus

Homeland successfully ramps up the intrigue in its fourth episode and expands its narrative further, even if it feels a little familiar and sheds more light on Carrie's questionable decisions.

Episode Info

Carrie gets a tip from Redmond regarding Quinn's lead; Saul calls in a favor from an old friend in the Pakistani military; Fara uncovers a deep-rooted conspiracy.


Claire Danes
as Carrie Mathison
Damian Lewis
as Nicholas Brody
Rupert Friend
as Peter Quinn
Mandy Patinkin
as Saul Berenson
Morena Baccarin
as Jessica Brody
David Harewood
as David Estes
Diego Klattenhoff
as Capt. Mike Faber
Sarita Choudhury
as Mira Berenson
Morgan Saylor
as Dana Brody
Nazanin Boniadi
as Fara Sharazi
Jackson Pace
as Chris Brody
Laila Robins
as Martha Boyd
Tracy Letts
as Sen. Andrew Lockhart
Michael O'Keefe
as John Redmond
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Critic Reviews for Iron in the Fire

Is there a more enjoyably unlikable protagonist on television?

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Episode 4 put the redundancy right in our collective face.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

It's admirable that Homeland continues to force us to question our sympathy for Carrie as she continues to use really questionable tactics.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Cunningly arranged as a collage of pithy scenes, tonight's episode of Homeland transforms the laborious setup of "Shalwar Kameez" into a precipitous cascade of new developments.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

A terrorist supposedly assassinated in an airstrike turns out to be alive -- and likely plotting an attack on Americans -- in Episode 404 ("Iron in the Fire") of Showtime's espionage thriller Homeland.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

We're getting into the meat of the spy game now, which is what Homeland should always concentrate on, because it does it so well.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This show's creative team has managed to right the ship by getting back to the core concept, which is this: God, Carrie is such an a**hole.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

When Homeland gets into the greys of the war on terror, it's always compelling.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Problematic moments aside, "Iron in the Fire" illustrated one of the strengths of these early episodes: the scope of the story.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

This hour really hit me hard.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Sooner or later, we want these characters to dictate where the story is going.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Aayan and Quinn are the two most relatable characters in Homeland Season 4, and seeing Carrie steamroll over both of them for her own ends makes her downright sinister.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…