Homeland (2020): S08E03 – False Friends


Introduction

The eighth and final season of the American spy thriller television drama series Homeland premiered on 09 February 2020, and concluded on 26 April 2020, 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.

Outline

After initially suspecting Saul (Mandy Patinkin), Haqqani (Numan Acar) becomes convinced that the ISI was responsible for the ambush on his convoy. Saul states that there had to have been a traitor in Haqqani’s camp in order for the ISI to have known about the meeting. Haqqani’s suspicions turn to his last living son, Jalal (Elham Ehsas), who has been adamantly opposed to the peace talks. Those suspicions are confirmed when Jalal places a call to Tasneem (Nimrat Kaur) on an open line while Haqqani is monitoring his communications.

Carrie (Claire Danes) agrees to a meeting with Yevgeny (Costa Ronin). Still questioning Carrie’s allegiance, Mike (Cliff Chamberlain) and Jenna (Andrea Deck) attempt to eavesdrop from nearby but are unsuccessful as Yevgeny has arranged to meet outside a mosque precisely when prayers are being broadcast over loudspeaker. Yevgeny alludes to a meaningful relationship the two shared in Moscow. Carrie has no memory of it and challenges Yevgeny to prove it by telling her something private. She is disquieted when Yevgeny reveals his knowledge that Carrie once considered drowning her daughter Franny. Back at the station, Carrie lies to Mike about her conversation, framing it as Yevgeny potentially being recruited as a CIA asset.

Haqqani confronts Jalal who remains defiant and refuses to confess outright to his treachery. Haqqani spares Jalal’s life, but exiles him from the family. Saul and Haqqani begin negotiations and eventually agree to terms on a peace deal which includes an immediate ceasefire. Jalal wanders the streets until he is found and picked up by Tasneem.

Homeland Series

You can find a full index of Homeland Series 08 here.

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

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Keith Gordon.
  • Writer(s): Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon.
  • Original Network: Showtime.
  • Release Date: 23 February 2020.
  • Running Time: 50 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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