Homeland (2020): S08E08 – Threnody(s)


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.


President Hayes (Sam Trammell) receives word that Jalal (Elham Ehsas) will execute Max (Maury Sterling) if Haqqani’s (Numan Acar) death sentence is carried out. Hayes convinces G’ulom (Mohammad Bakri) to grant a stay of execution while a rescue mission is conducted, but he abandons that plan on advice from John Zabel (Hugh Dancy). Haqqani is killed by firing squad. Jalal and his men subsequently kill Max and leave the scene. Carrie (Claire Danes) calls Saul (Mandy Patinkin) to report what happened to Max. She opts to wait with Max’s body and return with Saul when he arrives. Yevgeny (Costa Ronin) stays with her.

Wellington (Linus Roache) and Zabel are tasked to draft a speech for Hayes: a non-aggressive one that Zabel is displeased with. In Kabul, Jalal seizes control of the Taliban with a speech in which he claims to have shot down both of the helicopters. A video of this speech is acquired by Claudette Fletcher (Hilary Jardine), a friend of Zabel. Armed with the video, Zabel is able to pivot Hayes away from the original speech. In a national address, Hayes announces that Jalal was responsible for killing the president, and that Pakistan must turn him over immediately, or face an attack from the United States.

Saul arrives and tells Carrie about the impending war with Pakistan. Carrie replies that she knows where the flight recorder is, which could clarify whether Jalal is truly culpable. As they are leaving, the soldiers accompanying Saul begin to place Carrie under arrest, contrary to Saul’s orders. Carrie pulls her own gun, and there is a standoff. After Yevgeny alerts the Americans to his presence by firing his weapon into the air, Carrie is able to retreat back to his car, and they drive away.

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): Michael Klick.
  • Writer(s): Chip Johannessen and Patrick Harbinson.
  • Original Network: Showtime.
  • Release Date: 29 March 2020.
  • Running Time: 57 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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