Homeland (2020): S08E05 – Chalk Two Down


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

The troops from Combat Outpost Steedley are the first to arrive at the helicopter crash sites. They confirm that everyone on board, including President Warner and President Daoud, were killed. A Taliban squadron storms the scene and a gunfight ensues. The American troops are outnumbered and struggle to hold their position.

While reviewing the flight manifests, Carrie (Claire Danes) learns that President Warner’s helicopter was switched to a different one at the last minute, though it’s unclear if it was merely a routine swap due to mechanical issues with the helicopter, as Chief Mechanic Worley (Michael Rabe) claims. Carrie speculates that the crash may have simply been an accident rather than foul play.

Having inherited the presidency, G’ulom (Mohammad Bakri) declines to coordinate with Ambassador Gaeto (Tracy Shayne) on a joint statement. In his speech, he blames Haqqani (Numan Acar) for killing the presidents, and declares martial law in Afghanistan until Haqqani is apprehended. On advice from Saul (Mandy Patinkin), Haqqani tries to flee Kabul, but hits a checkpoint and has to turn back.

With the Taliban about to take control of the crash site, US officials react to the possibility of the Taliban possessing President Warner’s body. Following the recommendation of his chief of staff (Linus Roache), acting president Ben Hayes (Sam Trammell) reluctantly gives the order to bomb the site and destroy everything. Carrie contacts Max (Maury Sterling) and urges him to retrieve the black box from the helicopter before it is destroyed. Max does acquire it, but his squad is picked off by Taliban as they retreat. The last survivor, he hides at the other helicopter’s crash site but is found by a lone Taliban soldier who holds him at gunpoint.

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): Alex Graves.
  • Writer(s): Chip Johannessen and Patrick Harbinson.
  • Original Network: Showtime.
  • Release Date: 08 March 2020.
  • Running Time: 47 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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