Homeland (2018): S07E12 – Paean to the People


The seventh season of the American television drama series Homeland premiered on 11 February 2018, and concluded on 29 April 2018, on Showtime, consisting of 12 episodes

The series is loosely based on the Israeli television series Hatufim (English: Prisoners of War) created by Gideon Raff and is developed for American television by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.


Saul (Mandy Patinkin) and his team arrive at the embassy, ready to fly Simone (Sandrine Holt) to the United States. Meanwhile, Yevgeny Gromov (Costa Ronin) tracks the disguised Carrie (Claire Danes), still believing she is Simone. Carrie’s car is cornered, so she runs away on foot in an effort to extend the chase until Saul’s plane has taken off. Saul’s vehicle is stopped at a checkpoint due to an outstanding warrant for Bennet’s (Ari Fliakos) arrest; Saul calls Vice President Warner (Beau Bridges) for assistance. Senator Paley (Dylan Baker), who is in the room with Warner, advises against this, as a successful retrieval of Simone would lead to Keane being reinstated as President. Warner angrily rebukes Paley and intervenes on Saul’s behalf. The plane takes flight as Yevgeny captures Carrie.

Three Days Later

Saul’s attempts to negotiate Carrie’s release with Viktor (Elya Baskin) go nowhere. Simone’s testimony confirms a GRU conspiracy to undermine President Keane. Paley is arrested as a conspirator. Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) is triumphantly sworn in as President once again, but in her first public address, she resigns. She explains that Russia was able to exploit partisan discord in the US that must be addressed, and that events of her administration have left her as someone the American people as a whole will be unable to trust. Yevgeny wants Carrie to film a confession video stating that Simone was a CIA operative and that the US orchestrated everything, while threatening to withhold Carrie’s medication if she doesn’t cooperate. Carrie refuses.

Seven Months Later

Carrie’s release is finally secured in exchange for several Russian prisoners. Saul and Jim (Damian Young) oversee the prisoner exchange at the Estonia–Russia border. After seven months of receiving no medication, Carrie is barely lucid and seems to not even recognise Saul.

Homeland Series

You can find a full index of Homeland Series 07 here.

You can find a full index and overview of Homeland here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Lesli Linka Glatter.
  • Writer(s): Alex Gansa.
  • Original Network: Showtime.
  • Release Date: 29 April 2018.
  • Running Time: 46-48 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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