Homeland (2020): S08E10 – Designated Driver


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.


Recalling what she heard on the flight recorder, Carrie (Claire Danes) touches base with Chief Mechanic Worley (Michael Rabe), who confirms that the pilots’ verbiage indicates a mechanical failure in the helicopter, upon which they were forced to attempt a landing on mountainous terrain. Carrie reports this to Saul (Mandy Patinkin), along with the fact that the Russian government is now possessing the flight recorder. Saul makes inquiries via the Russian ambassador Victor Makarov (Elya Baskin) as to what is Russia’s price to give back the recorder. Saul infers from the ambassador’s cryptic responses that they have the recorder but are not interested in trading it.

A disastrous meeting between President Hayes (Sam Trammell) and Ambassador Rashad (Samrat Chakrabarti) from Pakistan only increases the likelihood of nuclear conflict between the countries. Wellington (Linus Roache) takes Rashad aside and, in order to de-escalate the situation, suggests that Pakistan release the US special ops team that was arrested in Kohat.

Jalal (Elham Ehsas) plots an attack on the United States, against the advice of his second-in-command Balach (Seear Kohi). Jalal orders that a car be filled with explosives which will be driven into the target. Not satisfied with Balach’s loyalty, Jalal commands that Balach himself will drive the car and die a martyr, else his family will be killed.

Carrie is accosted by Yevgeny (Costa Ronin) after searching his now-empty apartment. Yevgeny makes her an offer: the only thing more valuable to Russia than the flight recorder is the identity of a double agent that Saul has placed very highly inside the Kremlin. Carrie then goes to the CIA station in Kabul and turns herself in. After a brief interrogation, Carrie demands a lawyer. She is immediately arrested and put on a plane to be extradited to the United States.

Jenna (Andrea Deck) travels to the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to greet the special ops team when they are released. Balach, sitting in the car loaded with explosives, records a final message to his family on his phone. He drives at high speed towards his target, which is the bus containing Parker (Alex Brock) and the special ops soldiers. Border guards open fire on the car, attempting to stop him, but he crashes into the bus, triggering an explosion.

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 Offer.
  • Writer(s): Chip Johannessen and Patrick Harbinson.
  • Original Network: Showtime.
  • Release Date: 12 April 2020.
  • Running Time: 57 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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