Homeland: Season 5 (2015)

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Season 5
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Homeland re-energizes itself in season five by setting up a twisty Berlin-set spy thriller that spotlights Carrie's questionable ethics more than ever.

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Critic Ratings: 27

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Air date: Oct 4, 2015

Season 5 begins with Carrie building a new life in Berlin, almost two years after the embassy attack in Islamabad. But her peace is threatened when a request from her boss forces her back into the dangerous world she left behind.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2015

Carrie and Düring visit a refugee camp; Saul and Allison are at odds; Quinn stays on mission.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2015

Jonas and Carrie revisit her past; Quinn stalks his prey.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2015

Answers elude Carrie; Laura asks Jonas for help; Saul and Allison run an operation.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2015

The hacktivists rise up; Quinn covers for Carrie; Dar and Allison assess the damage.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2015

Saul orders a sweep at the station; Carrie looks to Düring for support.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2015

Carrie reconnects with old friends; Saul opens up to Allison.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2015

Carrie needs Allison's help{/]; Quinn's plans change.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2015

The CIA and BND make a play.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2015

A new threat emerges.

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The game has changed for Carrie Mathison. Out of the CIA and living in Berlin, Carrie is trying to start a new life but realizes now she’s the one with a target on her back. As the danger intensifies, and without Saul and Quinn to rely on, one thing becomes clear – she’s never been at greater risk or with more to lose. -- (C) SHOWTIME

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Critic Reviews for Homeland Season 5

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (13)

But for now, at least, Homeland is back with a surprising show of force.

Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Considering the payoff and potential within these first three episodes, it's time to embrace both Carrie and Homeland like we did at the start.

Sep 29, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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After some credibility problems in past seasons, Homeland hits the reset button Sunday on Showtime - and it works.

Oct 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Season 5, which picks up more than two years after last season's boom-clap climax and measured denouement, offers neither the candy-hued crazy of Season 3 nor the tightly plotted thrills of Season 4, but rather something more ruminative and sedate.

Oct 5, 2015 | Full Review…

[Carrie Mathison's] comeuppance provided one of the high points of the fifth season's last episode.

Feb 7, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm being incredibly inartistic, but I think that she - Carrie Mathison - is such a compelling character, and I think her journey is part and parcel with what Homeland is about, juxtaposed to the world and what is happening in the world currently.

Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…

What gives Homeland its unsettling edge is the sense that it's pitching you into the dark corners of an endless secret war liable to erupt into bloody chaos at any moment, on a battlefield which is beyond anybody's control.

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The writers continue to steer clear of making this a dumbed down battle between good versus evil.

Apr 26, 2017 | Full Review…

It's shaping up to be a terrific series.

Aug 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Claire Danes is spectacular. She has won two Primetime Emmys and two Golden Globes for her role in the series and it is more than well-deserved.

May 24, 2017 | Full Review…

Berlin's an enticing setting for Carrie, and Homeland, having gotten back its mojo after a too-long dalliance with Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), seems once again headed in an interesting direction.

Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…

If you're craving something more, Season 5 may feel like a retread job on tires that are showing their wear.

Oct 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Homeland: Season 5

  • 6d ago
    In my opinion, this is where Homeland starts going downhill, next seasons after are a disgrace and a poor man's House of Card instead of being about spies.
  • Jul 18, 2020
    Seasons 1-4 were amazing. It feels like someone else wrote and directed season 5. It is harder to follow and introduced many different characters I didn't necessarily care about. For a show that kept be bolted straight up on the edge of my couch, this season wasn't as amazing.
  • May 05, 2020
    Homeland is one of those shows that makes people think about everything that goes on around the world, related not only to CIA, GRU, ISI, but most importantly it teaches you to put things into perspective and not judge people directly. Everyone has their reasons and their causes for behaving in certain ways, but the most important thing is being able to realize that people think differently for many reasons. It is not the worst, it's what makes us human in the first place. This show is about putting yourself in someone else's shoes. It sounds cliché, but it might save the day, the month, the year or the world! Regarding the show, the actors are amazing. Don't stop watching after season 3.
  • Apr 29, 2020
    A good portrayal of Berlin , but the fake number plates did get on my nerves...
  • Apr 26, 2020
    typical series about cia/fbi stuff between us vs russia
  • Nov 02, 2019
    Intense and dinamic action
  • Jul 18, 2017
    One of the best yet. Good plot and acting.
  • Jun 06, 2017
    The game has changed for Carrie Mathison. Out of the CIA and living in Berlin, Carrie is trying to start a new life but realizes now she’s the one with a target on her back. As the danger intensifies, and without Saul and Quinn to rely on, one thing becomes clear – she’s never been at greater risk or with more to lose. (Rotten Tomatoes) * Previous Season Spoilers Ahead * Season three brought the end of the Brody era, season four brought the end of Carrie and the CIA in the Middle East era, season five introduced the new era: Carrie and the CIA in Europe. She begins the season away from the CIA and relocated in Berlin, where she works in private security for an enigmatic German billionaire (Sebastian Koch), attempts to be a good mother to her daughter, as well as having a normal relationship with her co-worker boyfriend. This season showcases how relevant and terrifying that Homeland can be. Now that the focus is on the threat of Islamist extremists in Europe, in particularly a country that has seen several attacks in the last couple of years, Germany. Although some of the ideas and actions concerning the terrorists in this season are a bit dramatic and in the realms of fantasy as there are many lines in the fire, Homeland does reveal the underbelly of mainland Europe’s terrorist network. Throw into the mix, high ranking betrayals, Carrie being hunted and Quinn going above and beyond the call of duty regardless of his health. Season five carries on and goes one step further than what season four started. The post-Brody shenanigans are gone, and the CIA vs The Terrorists takes centre stage. First it was in the Middle East, and now the more modern image of terrorism, very close to home. A thrilling season that culminates in typical nail-biting fashion! https://rwh92.wordpress.com/
  • Mar 04, 2017
    Homeland re-energizes itself in season five by setting up a twisty Berlin-set spy thriller that spotlights Carrie's questionable ethics more than ever.
  • Feb 27, 2017
    There’s always been a particular fascination with spies. Audiences just crave the excitement of secret agents working far afield of the spotlight of public scrutiny protecting their country knowing that if captured or killed the country they serve not even acknowledge their existence. Movies hit their first Golden age during World War II the stories of German and Japanese spies excited audiences. The television despite the will became exceedingly popular during the Cold War of the 60s and 70s with romanticized stories set all over the globe filled with excitement, intrigue, and mystery. Unfortunately, the state of the world’s tenuous political balance is always at such a delicate point that espionage tales never seem to go out of style. As a new presidential administration settles in that is greater antagonism between the government and intelligence agencies than ever before. One series that has been at the forefront of this genre is SHOETIME’s ‘Homeland.' Focused on a brilliant and dedicated intelligence analyst in the CIA the main strength of this series is how it balances the tensions between government, intelligence agencies, and the diplomatic corps but most importantly the excessive emotional and psychological toll it takes on those people who are deepest interviews covert operations. The typical SHOETIME style an interesting twist added another dimension to the brilliant analyst who suffers from bipolar disorder. This premium cable network is also infused a serious risk the talent and attention to details that makes SHOETIME one of the leading creative forces in entertainment. In the case of the series, they have managed to keep the level of excitement consistently intense by taking full advantage of the global stage that is afforded to the work of intelligence community. It is quite easy to change cast members, or the location and even alter the direction of the fundamental focus of the series and season-long arcs. Distant two years since Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) was believed the position of the CIA to a prisoner exchange that went terribly wrong. She is now living in Berlin working in the private sector at the head of security for the charitable Düring Foundation. Carrie is trying her best to normalize a home life living with her daughter Franny (Luna Pfizer) and her current boyfriend, Jonas Hollander, (Alexander Fehling). Jonas is employed by the same foundation as Carrie in the capacity of legal counsel. The head of the foundation is an exceptionally rich industrialist and philanthropist, Otto Düring (Sebastian Koch). As head of security, it was within her purview to make arrangements and provide for the safety of her boss while on business trips, especially in areas of political rest such as Syria, bringing her into contact with a former colleague from the Company, Allison Carr (Miranda Otto) CIA station chief in Berlin. As expected, this reunion would not be without several strings attached. Carr refuses to help Carrie unless he provides information concerning the intricate workings of the foundation. There is one thing that is consistent with any transaction between spies, quid pro quo. Carrie flatly refuses to agree, remaining loyal to a new boss. Carrie still manages to utilize her experience and arrange for the trip to Lebanon. While there is an attack on Düring, that thankfully is ineffective. In an attempt to get to the bottom of the plot Carrie meets with one of her contacts, Behruz (Mousa Kraish), shots are with the revelation that Düring is not the target, she was. Desperate to discover who wants her dead Carrie decides to take an extremely dangerous course of action, go off her medication for bipolar disorder. She feels that although the medication helps her achieve a sense of normalcy she is at her professional best while in the manic phase of a disorder. Even under the most optimal circumstances Carrie and her manic phase are highly susceptible to any distraction on expected development. This occurs on a personal level when she gets into an argument with Jonas after he discovers how many drones’ strikes Carrie personally approved. Circumstances begin to completely collapse when his son is kidnapped by Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend), a highly proficient black ops specialists from the CIA’s SAD/SOG. The purpose of this heinous action was drawing Carrie out into the open for another attempt on the life. Shortly afterward Carrie catches Quinn working around Jonas’s house. She shoots him, but his body armor but his body armor prevents a fatal shot. Upon interrogating the assassin, Carrie finds out that the kill order came from a former friend and superior at the CIA, Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin). She decides to take her death to investigate the truth better. She contacts Saul and attempt to get the hacked documents but is turned down. Her former mentor is still upset about believing the CIA. The result of her interrogation also leads her to be behind me an assassin, the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR). The ultimate goal of the merchants was to obtain critical beta that the CIA recently obtained through computer hackers. This plot point takes a notably different impact considering recent events. The Intelligence community of the United States had determined that Russian hackers interfered with the recent 2016 presidential election in an attempt to sway the results. There are still those who consider this to be a debatable point that the preponderance of evidence does appear to support it. Unbeknownst at the time this these episodes originally broadcast this connection to reality does not yet exist. An array, this is another case of reality following art. All the driving force for this season appears to come from a single incident, the attack on Mr. Düring, actually intended for Carrie. In typical SHOETIME mastery of storytelling, this main plot line bifurcates into two parallel threads. The first is a terrorist attack that was designed for the head of the foundation. The second has become a staple of modern espionage-driven plot lines, cyber-attacks. A significant reason why the recent election became shrouded by the dispute over computer crimes is that hacking has become one of the most popular archetypes in entertainment. Computers have become so ridiculous in our lives that the vast majority of the average audience sufficiently understands the threat of computer viruses, malware, and hacking. The terms necessary to advance these plot lines are no longer part of the jargon of science fiction; they are in the common vernacular of the public. As always, the main themes always hinge upon the psychological stability of Carrie. There’s a touch of the godfather inherent in this season. From Carrie’s perspective "every time I try to get out they pull me back in." At the beginning of the series, Carrie was just trying to overcome a psychological disorder to do the best job possible to safeguard the country. Now, she is attempting to pull away from the career that not only exploded her career but on several occasions threatened to end her life. This season begins with an explosion that set the pace that never slackens throughout the remaining episodes. Carrie is such a flawed, even tragic figure the audience bonds to with such passion that even when the characters actions are completely irrational is an understanding that she is a young woman trying to overcome the severe psychological disorder that consistently wreaks havoc with her emotions. So much to be said about every single cast member in this stellar series but as in each season passed the most impressive performances belong to Claire Danes. She has grown incredibly as an actress when she first burst onto the scene in ‘My So-Called Life’ where she played an angst-driven teenage girl. Now, she brings such nuances to her portrayal of Carrie that every moment she is on the screen is an example of a talented professional artistic plying her craft

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