Homeland (2020): S08E11 – The English Teacher


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

Carrie (Claire Danes), now facing almost a dozen federal charges, is released on bond into Saul’s (Mandy Patinkin) custody. Carrie asks Saul if he has a Russian asset in the Kremlin, but stops short of revealing the offer from Yevgeny. Saul denies the existence of the asset. Carrie is not satisfied and investigates on her own. She asks Jenna (Andrea Deck) to retrieve CIA documentation on an exfiltration mission in Berlin in 1987 that was orchestrated by Saul. This leads her to the man who was exfiltrated, Andrei Kuznetsov (Sergey Nasibov), who is now in witness protection. Carrie visits him to probe for information. Among other things, she learns Saul’s method of communication with Andrei: a red leather book, moved in a bookstore to indicate when they would meet.

Flashback scenes reveal how Anna Pomerantseva (Tatyana Mukha) met Saul and volunteered to be an asset. An English teacher at the time, her entire class was executed because their classmate, Kuznetsov, defected.

In the present, Anna is at a United Nations summit in New York, working as a translator for Russian officials. Saul flies to New York and storms in as the meeting concludes, confronting Ambassador Makarov (Elya Baskin) and loudly demanding Russia’s asking price for the flight recorder. Saul is quickly escorted out, but accomplishes his true objective: the Russian congregation discusses Yevgeny’s dealings while Anna eavesdrops. Later, Saul receives a communique from Anna which reads “The price has already been asked. It’s Yevgeny Gromov’s play.”

Meanwhile, Carrie explores Saul’s bookcase filled with red leather books. She discovers their method of communication (notes tucked in the bindings) and constructs a timeline of American intelligence coups from the collection of books. She arranges a call with Yevgeny (Costa Ronin) to report her findings, but not having yet nailed down the asset’s identity, Carrie is unable to make a deal for the recorder. Yevgeny proposes that the asset must be neutralised one way or another: by unveiling their identity, or eliminating the conduit via which their information gets passed to the United States, which is Saul. Yevgeny’s final words in the conversation are “Kill Saul”.

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 Cuesta.
  • Writer(s): Chip Johannessen and Patrick Harbinson.
  • Original Network: Showtime.
  • Release Date: 19 April 2020.
  • Running Time: 52 minutes.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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