The Covenant



Critic Consensus: "The Covenant" moves slow and pushes little plot forward, yet strong character moments and a growing conflict between Dar and Carrie appear to be setting the table for an explosive showdown.

Episode Info

Saul goes to Abu Dhabi; Carrie delivers bad news; Quinn senses something.


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 The Covenant

While Quinn still has a long way to go before he's back to his old self (if that ever even happens), it was good to see him headed in the right direction. Hopefully the show follows suit - and soon.

Jan 30, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Cliff-hangers, beatdowns in Brooklyn, weird foreign cigarettes... I'm back in.

Jan 30, 2017 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This season is preparing to pit Dar and Carrie against each other in an epic showdown that's been a long time coming.

Jan 30, 2017 | Rating: 4.3/5 | Full Review…

Its unifying feature thus far is its increasingly explicit criticism of actions masquerading as "security" that in fact make us far less safe.

Jan 30, 2017 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

Saul's operation is the most interesting thing going on here, and probably the only storyline I don't hate so far this season.

Jan 30, 2017 | Full Review…

For the first time in ages, Homeland seems interested in its secondary characters, using them not for exposition or plot, but so as to give a face to those suffering from a loss of personal liberty.

Jan 31, 2017 | Full Review…

Nothing is, as Dar says Saul says, "conclusive" -- and that idea leaves this episode feeling like it's just hanging in limbo.

Jan 30, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

This slow burn is way too slow, and all the ripped-from-the-headlines talk about the Iran deal won't be enough to rescue it.

Jan 30, 2017 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Am I the only one to have found the pace of tonight's episode to be a bit off? A bit too slow, a bit tiresome.

Jan 30, 2017 | Full Review…

Despite a few nice moments, mostly due to the gravity that Mandy Patinkin brings to everything he does, "The Covenant" is a remarkably thin episode for this often-thick series. It's almost startling how little distance the plot is pushed.

Jan 30, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…