Critic Consensus: "Halfway to a Donut" is one of the strongest episodes of the season, a tension-filled, high-stakes installment that recalls the best of Homeland's first season.
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Critic reviews for Halfway to a Donut
Disregarding the "twist" that Saul didn't kill himself, Episode 8 was awash with relatively-minor moments of tension building to one much-needed switcheroo at the end.
The writers behind Homeland mounted their boldest operation yet to win over any fans who are still smarting over the decision to reset the series after bumping off Brody last season. And, as far as this review is concerned, their mission was accomplished.
Homeland is just back to where it was at the start of episode eight, although Carrie is on firmer ground and with intel that may actually work in her favor.
The show has proved that while it might be unable to hit the big highs it reached in Season 1 and Season 2, it can still pull off intense, compelling sequences when its characters are risking their lives in order to do their jobs.
With Aayan's death and Saul's subsequent capture, the plot got tighter and with Homeland Season 4 Episode 8 we're once again faced with how brilliant the series can be.
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