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Gen. Jamie McClendon
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Over the past weeks, art and life have sometimes dovetailed so closely that it was easy to hope that the surreal quality of our times would fade into a comforting made-for-TV resolution. No such luck
The season finale ... focused on several of the things this show does best. It was action-packed, which is something we've come to expect from closing chapters of seasons of this show, but it was also foreboding about the future of a paranoid country.
The show puts a huge amount of effort into being relevant to current world events and in that, it excelled. As long as it keeps doing that, Homeland has a reason to exist. It may even be necessary.
So did this finale work for a season that brought everyone home? In some ways, yes.
More than anything, "America First" is such a deeply implausible and phony episode.
Quinn and Carrie are the soul and center of Homeland; without Quinn, she-and the show-might be nothing.
The suspense that accompanied the season's astute politics evaporates in the episode's latter stages, as if it never existed at all.
Homeland Season 6 Episode 12 just upended a season that had felt tight in its plot and coherent in its character development for... shock value? I don't even know.
The future is uncertain, but the way the show has echoed our headlines and miraculously surpassed their incredulity should be applauded. Even more impressive is the turnaround in storytelling quality.
This was a strong finale, capping the second-best season of Homeland. After the final twist with the power-hungry Keane, it will take some creative writing to bring Carrie and Saul back to a position of professional prominence - a necessary step.