Fair Game



Critic Consensus: Although Homeland's premiere episode lacks the shows signature thrills and gimmicks, "Fair Game" effectively sets the table for future improvement, establishing a powerful sense of time and place and nuanced character moments throughout.

Episode Info

Season 6 begins with Carrie returning home to the U.S. with Franny to work as an advocate for Muslim Americans. Meanwhile, Dar and Saul brief President-elect Keane; and Quinn struggles with his new circumstances.


Claire Danes
as Carrie Mathison
Mandy Patinkin
as Saul Berenson
Rupert Friend
as Peter Quinn
Laila Robins
as Martha Boyd
Sebastian Koch
as Otto During
Miranda Otto
as Allison Carr
Alexander Fehling
as Jonas Happich
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Critic Reviews for Fair Game

In previous seasons, Homeland dragged out key story strands endlessly. So hurrah that the new series is simply getting on with things.

Jan 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Homeland is always confusing, unnerving, and rewarding all that the same time, and season 6 looks no different.

Jan 17, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Obviously, any romantic feelings must be prefaced by Quinn's recovery and how he addresses his complicated feelings toward Carrie, but Season 6 feels ripe with potential for the pairing - and overall.

Jan 17, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Homeland's premiere doesn't offer many sparks, but those with a vested interest in a certain character are in luck.

Jan 17, 2017 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

If you accept the glaring plot departure from the end of last season... then this was a fine table-setter for the new season.

Jan 17, 2017 | Full Review…

Despite its dearth of narrative fireworks, tonight's episode succeeds in setting the table for such developments on two distinct fronts.

Jan 17, 2017 | Full Review…

There wasn't much forward motion in the season six premiere-it was more like a staging episode that set up the players and established the plot point to propel us forward into the darkness.

Aug 22, 2017 | Full Review…

'Fair Game' may not be the Homeland anyone wants, but it might be the Homeland we need.

Jan 17, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Watching Homeland's premiere, therefore, feels like watching an alternate universe play out, no matter where you stand on U.S. politics.

Jan 17, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Quinn's instability serves to place a tidy, metaphorical bow on "Fair Game," as Carrie, her heart breaking for the man, decides to take him out of the indignity of the VA hospital and into her Brooklyn brownstone.

Jan 31, 2017 | Full Review…