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While it's hard to root for Carrie at this point, "From A to B and Back Again" was an exciting hour that gave one storyline a satisfying end, while setting up the second half of the season.
Every week it becomes increasingly harder to root for her. That she was willing to sacrifice Saul without even blinking destroys whatever empathy she had left after seducing Aayan and berating Fara. Have the writers painted themselves into a corner?
"From A to B and Back Again," served as a miniature encapsulation of what's happened in the fourth season so far.
Ultimately, the strength of "From A to B and Back Again" stemmed not so much from that shocking head shot -- a moment of violence made even more devastating by its emotional stakes -- but in the questions it raised about Carrie's priorities.
For the whole Aayan story to have essentially been a runaround -- taking us from A to B and back again -- seems like a bit of a cheat.
"From A to B and Back Again" is vintage Homeland, spiraling toward the conceit the series has always used to frame its chase down the rabbit hole of American foreign policy: that way madness lies.
A naïve asset unwittingly helps the CIA's Carrie Mathison close in on a terrorist plotting against Americans. But the covert operation ultimately backfires with tragic consequences on "From A to B and Back Again."
We were meant to be horrified, we think. But we're getting tired of no one ever allowing Carrie her victories or acknowledging the ways in which she's brilliant.
"From A to B and Back Again" may be the most satisfying episode since the season 3 premiere.
It was a fairly fast and furious hour. Carrie was all business (after the disgusting kisses) with Aayan as she was ready to get him to "London."
A strong, portentous episode of Homeland closes out the Carrie/Aayan thread in a sad if satisfactory manner, while also setting up the second half of the season.
A recurring theme of Season 4 is that Carrie has lost her moral spectrum, but it's unclear if even the death of a man she seduced, used and sent off to die will be enough to bring her back from the brink of losing her soul.
The show's more methodical storytelling as of late made the huge moment in "From A to B and Back Again" significantly more impactful, to the degree that I'm ultimately less annoyed with the previous two episodes that centered on Carrie "working" Aayan.