Casus Belli



Critic Consensus: Tense, emotional, and reminiscent of earlier Homeland episodes, "Casus Belli" returns its leading lady to the tense, high-stakes storytelling in which she truly thrives.

Episode Info

Keane gets sidelined; Carrie's work follows her home.


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 Casus Belli

Homeland's seasons tend to wind up slowly for a few episodes at a time before going off like a bear trap two or three times a season and this is snap number one of season 6.

Feb 21, 2017 | Full Review…
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The tense hostage situation made this an exciting hour, but there was surprisingly little in the way of plot advancement in this episode. I am in favor of smaller, slower storytelling in theory, but... Let's pick up the pace, Homeland.

Feb 23, 2017 | Full Review…

Homeland delivers a high stakes episode that completely upends everything from the past four episodes, if not even the past several seasons.

Feb 21, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Showtime's long-running drama [is] as compelling now as at any point since the end of its first season.

Feb 21, 2017 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

At its best, Homeland delivers scintillating action sequences with a powerful emotional punch... This is exactly what Homeland Season 6 Episode 5 accomplished.

Feb 20, 2017 | Rating: 4.8/5 | Full Review…

With her legal advocacy likely shut down for the time being, we can look forward to Carrie back where she does her best work -- out on a limb, flouting authority and seeing who the real enemy is.

Feb 22, 2017 | Full Review…

"Casus Belli" moves with alarming alacrity, hurtling forward without giving its characters a chance to reconsider their positions or de-escalate tensions.

Feb 22, 2017 | Full Review…

It's a solid episode, planting the seeds for the latter half of the season and raising intriguing questions but also raising some red flags that don't completely fit into the picture.

Feb 21, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Once the episode turns its focus to the standoff, it becomes tighter and tenser, but mostly because all of the action is happening in one place and the plots are weighted accordingly.

Feb 21, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Grandfatherly beard aside, this veteran of innumerable internecine agency wars has a solid steel core, and a confidence this season that we haven't seen since he got Carrie to go off her meds and endure ECT in order to set the Iran play into motion.

Feb 20, 2017 | Full Review…