Homeland Season 4 Review “From A to B and Back Again”

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On the jaw-dropping latest episode of “Homeland,” Carrie set her plan into motion with all the bells and whistles, and it was time to go “From A to B and Back Again”- but to what end? At first, it seemed like Carrie’s plan was a can’t miss. Especially after an early scene in which Carrie played potential recruit Aayan like a fiddle, staging a faux “break-in,” after having a member of her team follow him from the college and later show up with several others to go after Aayan and Carrie.

Convincingly man-handling Carrie- one team member even punched her at one point- they ran Aayan off and he did exactly as Carrie hoped, bolting and getting on a bus and heading straight to his uncle’s compound. He even deftly bribed a guard that stopped the bus he was on for a ID check, before heading to a discreet location on a rock in a river and lying down and waiting for uncle Haqqani, or at least his people, to pick him up. They did, and, even better, they brought along a host of known terrorists with them, providing Carrie and her team with the perfect opportunity to drone them to oblivion, just as they led her to Haqqani himself, more than making up for her mistakes previously.

Alas, things did not go as planned, as it turned out that Professor Boyd had been at it again, feeding Tasneem key information, which directly led to Haqqani completely sabotaging Carrie’s plans. Rolling up to the meet with Aayan, Carrie was about ready to blow everyone to kingdom come when she realized that there was an unexpected guest with Haqqani- none other than her mentor Saul. As if that weren’t bad enough, Haqqani told Aayan exactly who Carrie and Saul were and that he’d been played by the former, then proceeded to thank Aayan for the medicine that saved his life, just before hauling out a gun and unceremoniously shooting the poor guy.

I’ve got to say that, even though I assumed that something might go awry- we’ve still got half a season to go, after all- I did not expect that to happen at all, so it definitely caught me completely off-guard. This is the sort of thing that, when the show does it well, can blindside you out of nowhere with an admittedly awe-inspiring twist that is both clever and a complete game-changer.

Even better, unlike last season’s big twist, this was not only expertly laid out and telegraphed well ahead of time, if you were paying close attention, but both played out beautifully and more importantly, made perfect sense in retrospect, once you realized how all the stuff that came before it was set up. I had a hard time buying last season’s twist, but this one was all-too-believable and yet, no less jarring as a result. It managed to be both inevitable and surprising- no mean feat there.

Lord only knows where they’re headed with this next, but it’s safe to say Saul’s prospects aren’t great. Indeed, Carrie very nearly had him killed, in not wanting to miss the chance to take out so many high value assets in one fell swoop. If Quinn hadn’t intervened, things might have ended much differently for Saul, to say the least. As it stands, Saul seems kind of doomed, regardless, barring a miracle.

The question is, does the show have the guts to kill off one of the most beloved characters on the show? I mean, they already took out co-lead Brody last season, so I think it’s safe to say the show isn’t holding much back. But in this case, would the shock value be worth it? Hard to say, but I’d definitely hate to see Saul go, that’s for sure. Hopefully, the show can come up with some of slam-bang ending that manages to surprise while still letting Saul live, because it would really suck if he got pulled from the show, too.

All in all, a great episode, with that great set-up paying off big time in the end. I am really liking this season so far, and I genuinely hope they can keep it up throughout the rest of the season. What did you think of “Homeland” this week? Were you surprised by what happened, or did you see it coming? What do you think will become of Saul? Will Carrie get a second chance to redeem herself? Will she and Quinn remain at odds? How much lower will Professor Boyd sink? How long before he’s found out? Sound off on this and more down below and see you next week!