Separation Anxiety



Critic Consensus: Homeland sets the table for a thrilling fifth season mired in real-world strife with "Separation Anxiety," an episode showcasing both Carrie's strengths and flaws.

Episode Info

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.


Claire Danes
as Carrie Mathison
Mandy Patinkin
as Saul Berenson
Sarita Choudhury
as Mira Berenson
Michael O'Keefe
as John Redmond
Rupert Friend
as Peter Quinn
Laila Robins
as Martha Boyd
Tracy Letts
as Sen. Andrew Lockhart
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Critic Reviews for Separation Anxiety

"Separation Anxiety" may not be the most thrilling way to start Season 5, but it proved to be a telling and effective example of foundation-building.

Oct 6, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

She's back, and on form.

Oct 13, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have always constructed Homeland from the global strife and American paranoia of the moment, but an adventure set amid a real and worsening humanitarian crisis is its grandest flight of non-escapism yet.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…
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While the main plotlines as they exist are a bit on the "meh" side for me personally, it's only the first episode, so things could definitely improve. Here's hoping, at least.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

For an episode that had quite a bit of legwork to do in introducing some new characters, a new location, and a new geopolitical crisis for Carrie to initially muck up and then eventually solve, "Separation Anxiety" did good work.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…

Carrie's character progression is so interesting, and it makes what happens in the premiere somewhat unsettling, given how hard she has tried to step away from her former life.

Oct 6, 2015 | Rating: 4.3/5 | Full Review…

Homeland's meandering season four finale and season five's taut premiere 'Separation Anxiety' both pivot on the same question, and what's startling is that the answer might actually be yes.

Nov 19, 2015 | Full Review…

"Separation Anxiety" does an impressive job of setting up for the season ahead.

Oct 6, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Now that Carrie is out of the CIA, and the show's other great characters - Quinn and Saul - are still there, it will be interesting to see how the writers use them in season five.

Oct 13, 2015 | Full Review…

It's a startling and effective shift in perspective.

Oct 6, 2015 | Full Review…