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Even though "Krieg Nicht Lieb" feels like a filler episode, the final cliffhanger is surprising enough to propel Homeland into the season finale.
Carrie's as confused as we are, apropos of a disappointing episode.
I loved seeing Sterling's nerd rant, putting Carrie in her place yet again for letting down Fara. It was a thing of beauty, but it won't quite surpass Rupert Friend's surprisingly quick and ruthless takedown of two armed soldiers.
In a season full of surprises, Showtime's Homeland saved one of the biggest ones for "Krieg Nicht Lieb" as this penultimate Episode 411 called into question the status of Taliban commander Haissam Haqqani (Numan Acar).
The fact that Carrie can vacillate between wanting to exact vengeance and wanting to save her friends is not just good storytelling, it's growth.
It's great to see Carrie finally grasp that not everything is within her control, but Homeland is more satisfying to watch when she's in control.
The episode, absent the pronounced attention to action-adventure set pieces that marked "There's Something Else Going On" and "13 Hours in Islamabad," forges its tension from the intimate, rather than the international.
It's another installment of Homeland perilously short on time, but even more so on content. For approximately 40 minutes Homeland followed Quinn's preparation to take down Haqqani and Carrie's attempt to stop him. It was hardly scintillating television.
Homeland slowed down a bit in this episode after the thrill and breakneck pace of the past couple of weeks, offering up a bit of a filler show to connect us to next week's season finale.
With blistering suspense even amidst some reliable, contrived plot developments, Homeland is undeniably entertaining.
With this big cliffhanger, Homeland has more work to do next week than I would have expected before watching this penultimate effort. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
The penultimate episode adds up to tensely watching someone tread water for nearly an hour, only to realize they could have touched the bottom the whole time. But let's hope the finale has something more definitive in mind.
Having one of the CIA's own operatives actively working against his organization is a twist that wasn't seen coming. This sort of twist is what Homeland does best though.