Homeland (season 5)
The fifth season of the American television drama series Homeland, premiered on October 4, 2015, and concluded on December 20, 2015, 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. The fifth season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on January 10, 2017.
|Homeland (season 5)|
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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Original release||October 4– December 20, 2015|
Set two years after the previous season, Carrie is no longer working for the CIA, and is working for a philanthropic foundation in Berlin, the Düring Foundation. The season includes several real world subjects in its storylines, including ISIS, Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad, the Charlie Hebdo shooting, Edward Snowden, and the European migrant crisis.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, an ex-CIA intelligence officer with bipolar disorder, now working for a philanthropic foundation in Berlin.
- Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn, a CIA SAD/SOG (black ops) operative.
- Sebastian Koch as Otto Düring, a German philanthropist and Carrie's boss.
- Miranda Otto as Allison Carr, the current Berlin CIA Chief of Station, working directly under Saul.
- Alexander Fehling as Jonas Hollander, legal counsel for the Düring Foundation and Carrie's boyfriend.
- Sarah Sokolovic as Laura Sutton, an American journalist in Berlin who works for the Düring Foundation.
- F. Murray Abraham as Dar Adal, a retired black ops specialist, currently head of the CIA.
- Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, the head of the CIA's European operations and Carrie's mentor.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.
|49||1||"Separation Anxiety"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Chip Johannessen & Ted Mann||October 4, 2015||5WAH01||1.66|
|Carrie is now living in Germany working as head of security for Otto Düring, a German billionaire, philanthropist and chairman of Düring Foundation, while raising her daughter with current boyfriend, Jonas Hollander. Two anti-jihadist computer hackers accidentally get access to the CIA servers and download top secret documents detailing collaboration between the CIA and BND, Germany's intelligence agency. Peter Quinn gets back from a secret assignment in Syria. Saul Berenson arrives in Berlin to look into the possible leak of classified documents. Carrie arranges security for Otto in visiting a refugee camp in Lebanon by reaching out to Al Amin, a Hezbollah commander. Saul gives Quinn a new assignment to eliminate suspected terrorists in Berlin.|
|50||2||"The Tradition of Hospitality"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Patrick Harbinson||October 11, 2015||5WAH02||1.40|
|Carrie arrives at the refugee camp near the Lebanese/Syrian border and discusses security for Otto with Waleed, another Hezbollah commander. Laura Sutton, an American journalist working for the Düring Foundation, reveals in a TV interview she is in possession of leaked classified CIA documents; she gets picked up by the BND. Carrie and her team avert an assassination attempt on Otto after his speech in the refugee camp. Allison Carr, the current CIA station chief in Berlin, demands for Saul to be relieved in retaliation for the leak instead of her. With Otto safe, Carrie decides to stay in Lebanon to find out who tried to kill Otto. She finds one of Waleed's men in her hotel room; he tells her that she was the real target of the assassination attempt, not Otto. Quinn kills Fatima, a terrorist recruiting young women for the Islamic State, and finds out who his next target is: Carrie Mathison.|
|51||3||"Super Powers"||Keith Gordon||Alex Gansa & Meredith Stiehm||October 18, 2015||5WAH03||1.11|
|Carrie decides to send her daughter back to the U.S. as she pursues whoever is trying to kill her. She takes refuge in a safe house. Saul finds out about Allison's plot to get rid of him. Quinn visits Astrid, a BND intelligence officer and his former lover, to inquire about Carrie's whereabouts. Numan, the computer hacker who possesses the leaked documents, contacts Laura and gives her a copy of more of the leaked files. Unknown to Numan, his cohort, Korzenik, stole the documents with the intention of selling them to the Russians. Carrie, off her medication, becomes agitated and fights with Jonas. Quinn tries to track Carrie by kidnapping Jonas's son and tracing the phone call that alerts Jonas. Carrie, sensing that her killer is on the way to the safe house, runs out into the woods carrying a rifle while Jonas goes back to the city to find his son. Quinn arrives at the safe house in search of Carrie. Carrie shoots him with her rifle but Quinn is wearing a bulletproof vest. He flanks her and chokes her unconscious. Saul is also revealed to be sleeping with Allison.|
|52||4||"Why Is This Night Different?"||John Coles||Ron Nyswaner||October 25, 2015||5WAH04||1.63|
|Saul and Allison spend dinner at the house of Etai Luskin, Israeli ambassador to Germany, and discuss peace in the Middle East. Etai calls Saul out for wanting to replace President Assad of Syria with General Youssef. Carrie wakes up and Quinn prepares for her to fake her death. Saul and Allison hatch a plan to dupe General Youssef into believing that their clinic will give General Youssef's daughter a new kidney. But they are really there to offer the General the position of new president of Syria, after Assad's ouster. Meanwhile, Laura pushes Jonas to connect her with Sabine, another hacker who is under house arrest. She needs Sabine to get to Numan so she can find out why the USB flash drive he gave her was blank. Numan now realizes that Korzenik double-crossed him. Korzenik is now meeting with Ivan Krupin, a Russian intelligence officer, to whom he is selling the leaked documents. Korzenik and his girlfriend are killed by Krupin and his men. Quinn goes back to the post office to leave proof of Carrie's death. When Quinn emerges from the post office, a man in a sedan opens fire at him but Carrie backs their car into the shooter's. The shooter hits Quinn, who returns fire, killing the shooter. Carrie takes a wounded Quinn back to a safe house. Carrie retrieved the dead shooter's phone from the scene and calls the only number recorded on the phone, and Allison answers, speaking Russian. Allison is at the runway with Saul seeing General Youssef off. Soon after the plane takes off, it explodes in midair.|
|53||5||"Better Call Saul"||Michael Offer||Benjamin Cavell & Alex Gansa||November 1, 2015||5WAH05||1.30|
|Allison suggests that Israel was behind the explosion of General Youssef's plane, triggering discord between Dar Adal and Saul. Later, Allison meets with Ivan Krupin, confirming her status as a Russian spy. Allison is worried about the phone call she received right before the explosion and whether the kill order for Carrie can be traced to her. Ivan shows the proof of Carrie's death to calm Allison down. Allison continues to shift the blame onto Saul; Dar Adal obliges by asking her to put a tail on Saul. Saul goes to Etai and accuses the Israeli government of having something to do with the plane explosion. This meeting is reported to Dar Adal complete with photos, further persuading him of Saul being the traitor. Carrie calls Jonas to seek help for the wounded Quinn while Astrid identifies the dead shooter as a gangster-turned-paid-assassin named Vasily Kovas, who was a known contract killer for Russian organized crime in Berlin. With this info, Carrie concludes that it is the SVR (Russian foreign intelligence service) which is after her, possibly to prevent her from reading the leaked documents. Carrie contacts Laura and demands a copy of the leaked files. Meanwhile, Quinn slips out of the safe house without being noticed and is determined to take his own life to avoid being connected to Carrie. A man approaches him, adamant on helping him, and Quinn passes out.|
|54||6||"Parabiosis"||Alex Graves||Chip Johannessen & Ted Mann||November 8, 2015||5WAH06||1.35|
|Carrie tells Saul about her theory on the Russians wanting her dead but Saul refuses to believe her. Saul notices some men tailing him and confronts Allison. With Quinn gone and Jonas having left her, Carrie turns to Otto for help. Saul's war with Dar escalates after Saul tries to convince Dar that the Russians were behind the explosion. With use of his spy wiles, Saul distracts some agents to get a copy of the leaked documents and sends them to Carrie through Otto. Meanwhile, Quinn is healing after a good samaritan picked him up, preventing his planned suicide. He ends up inside a dangerous building full of men loyal to Hajik Zayd, one of a dozen convicted jihadists released after Laura Sutton published the documents exposing how those men were illegally spied on and jailed. Zayd spots Quinn and displays his dislike immediately. Quinn is allowed to leave but Zayd threatens him with a knife, and Quinn manages to get the upper hand and delivers a blow to the throat that kills Zayd. One of the men asks Quinn to stay one more night and promises he will be safe.|
|55||7||"Oriole"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Alex Gansa & Patrick Harbinson||November 15, 2015||5WAH07||1.35|
|Allison meets with Ivan again as she is growing anxious about her situation. She suspects that Carrie is still alive but Ivan is unconvinced. He suggests that Allison get the info from Saul. Carrie is now poring over the leaked documents at Otto's house but she cannot locate anything useful. Quinn is asked by Bibi, the leader of the jihadist group he is staying with, to guide them to Turkey. Quinn becomes interested when Bibi mentions his uncle, Abu Al-qaduli, who is a deputy emir who can pay for his services. Carrie talks to Samir Khalil, her former informant in Baghdad, who tells her that he tried to reach her five months ago. Samir informs Carrie that Iraqi lawyer Ahmed Nazari, presumed dead in a bombing, is still alive. Saul confesses to Allison that he took the leaked documents to Otto to be given to Carrie. Quinn contacts Dar and tells him about the jihadists going to Syria and about Al-qaduli, a CIA kill target. Carrie contacts Laura to help in tracking down Ahmed Nazari and Laura brings along Numan. They are able to track down the lawyer's widow in Amsterdam. Carrie travels to Amsterdam and with help of her former asset, Esam, who is now a cab driver, locates the house of Ahmed and takes his laptop. Saul on his way to the airport is seized by armed masked men from Israeli intelligence. Carrie calls Allison while on her way back to Berlin to set up a meeting.|
|56||8||"All About Allison"||Dan Attias||Ron Nyswaner||November 22, 2015||5WAH08||1.47|
|Quinn and the group of jihadists make a stop in Kosovo. Saul is now detained with Mossad, the Israeli intelligence agency, while it negotiates with the CIA for the return of Saul. Carrie engages Numan's help to look into the laptop she seized from Ahmed's house in Amsterdam. Carrie meets with Allison at a public place requesting information on Nazari. Quinn gets suspicious when the group is loading boxes onto another truck. He tries to check the boxes but is knocked unconscious, waking up in the back of the truck tied up with canisters of chemical weapons. Bibi reveals that they are going back to Berlin with the chemical weapons, not to Syria. Etai helps Saul escape when he gets word that a deal was made to turn over Saul back to the CIA. Carrie notices a photograph of Ahmed on his laptop and remembers about a plan of Allison's to take a vacation to the same place. She now realizes that Allison is the mole. In a flashback, Carrie is shown arriving for the first time in Baghdad in 2005. She is there to replace Allison as a CIA case officer. An asset of Allison's, Ahmed Nazari, is to be handed over to Carrie. Ahmed is reluctant to work with Carrie. It is revealed in this flashback how Allison became a Russian spy.|
|57||9||"The Litvinov Ruse"||Tucker Gates||Story by: Howard Gordon & Patrick Harbinson
Teleplay by: Alex Gansa
|November 29, 2015||5WAH09||1.42|
|Carrie contacts Saul and relays the connection between Allison and Ahmed Nazari, but Saul is not convinced at first. Quinn is now back in Berlin, a captive of Bibi's jihadist group. He tries to convince Qasim, one of the members of the group, to stop the attack by explaining the effects of sarin gas. With coordination with the BND, Saul and Carrie hatch a plan for Allison to contact her handlers as hard proof of her being a Russian spy. Saul plants a software bug in Allison's phone and microphone in her purse while she is asleep. The BND discloses to Allison that a top Russian agent plans to defect to Germany, triggering Allison to go to a Russian safehouse and meet with Ivan. Quinn is brought inside a gas chamber to be a test subject for the effectiveness of their gas composition, but prior to that, Qasim is able to inject him with an antidote that will limit the effects of the gas. The gas is turned on and Quinn begins convulsing.|
|58||10||"New Normal"||Dan Attias||Meredith Stiehm & Charlotte Stoudt||December 6, 2015||5WAH10||1.74|
|Bibi goes to the railway station to deploy the canisters of sarin gas. Allison tries to convince Dar that Ivan is one of her assets where she gets Russian intelligence. Bibi releases a video demanding that the Islamic State will be officially recognized. The video includes Quinn apparently dying in the gas chamber. Laura and Jonas interview a suspected jihadist, Faisal Marwan, who was freed by the German government along with Zayd. Faisal is looking to file a suit against the German government. Faisal also reveals that Zayd told him about an attack in Berlin. Unsure of what to do with the info, Otto calls Saul for help. He agrees to turn over Faisal but asks Saul to guarantee his safety. Faisal is captured by BND agents once he leaves the building. Ivan confirms that Syria has enough gas to annihilate Berlin. Bibi finds out that one of his members has injected Quinn with the antidote that will limit the effects of sarin gas. By inspecting their gear, he discovers that it was Zaheer and kills him with a gunshot to the head. Bibi and his men are now on their way to the railway station; Bibi informs Qasim that he switched his pack with Zaheer's to protect him. Carrie and Astrid locate Quinn through the type of mosaic floor seen in the video. Quinn is found to be still alive by Carrie and Astrid and is taken to hospital for treatment.|
|59||11||"Our Man in Damascus"||Seith Mann||David Fury||December 13, 2015||5WAH11||1.84|
|Carrie and Saul convince the doctor to revive Quinn so they can get the location of the attack. They are able to revive him briefly, but Quinn is not lucid and his condition worsens. Allison is approached by a Russian agent instructing her to see to it that the attack on Berlin succeeds. Bibi has a problem with the remote to trigger the gas. He sends Qasim to ask Dr. Aziz, a professor who is helping the group, to fix it. Carrie goes to see Al Amin to get info on the man who saved Quinn. Faisal jumps out the window of the BND office killing himself after being left alone. Qasim talks to Dr. Aziz, who fails to repair the remote before Allison knocks on his door. Allison extracts information on the target and then kills Dr. Aziz and her CIA escort. She then shoots herself in the shoulder to stage a shootout scene. She calls Astrid and tells her falsely that the target is Berlin Airport. Carrie locates Qasim's apartment containing some plans on a railway station, but Saul informs her that the target is Berlin Airport. Carrie goes to the railway station to investigate, and spots Qasim inside the station. Saul tries to talk with Allison but she vanishes from the hospital while being attended to. Carrie follows Qasim down the subway tunnel after sending a text message to Saul.|
|60||12||"A False Glimmer"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Liz Flahive & Alex Gansa & Ron Nyswaner||December 20, 2015||5WAH12||2.07|
|Carrie convinces Qasim to stop the attack in the subway tunnel. Qasim confronts Bibi, who shoots Qasim. Carrie intervenes, shooting and killing Bibi, stopping the gas attack. Carrie goes back to her house to rest, with Jonas later joining her. Saul gets information from Ivan on how Allison will be extracted from the country. Laura and Numan are both taken into custody by the BND. Jonas decides to break up with Carrie. Carrie goes back to the hospital to check on Quinn and ends up at the chapel to pray for him. Astrid threatens Laura that the German government will cancel Numan's asylum status unless she retracts her statements against the German government. At the hospital, Dar hands Carrie a letter from Quinn, as Carrie was named as Quinn's beneficiary. Saul offers Carrie a new position at the CIA but she declines. The car carrying Allison to Russia is ambushed by Saul and several other CIA agents. The agents unload hundreds of bullets, riddling the car, and Saul finds Allison dead in the trunk. After Quinn has spent several days in hospital with no signs of recovery, Carrie enters Quinn's hospital room alone and barricades the door closed. She removes Quinn's pulse monitor and places it on her own finger. The episode ends with Carrie seeing a burst of sunlight come through the window.|
The series was renewed for a 12-episode fifth season on November 10, 2014. In April 2015, it was confirmed the entire season would be filmed in Berlin, Germany, at Studio Babelsberg (with the exception of on-location shooting), making it the first American TV series to film an entire season there. In June 2015, four new series regular roles were announced, including Sebastian Koch, Miranda Otto, Alexander Fehling and Sarah Sokolovic. Production began in Berlin on June 2, 2015. Executive producers for the fifth season are Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Alexander Cary, Chip Johannessen, Meredith Stiehm, Patrick Harbinson, Lesli Linka Glatter, Avi Nir, and Ran Telem.
The fifth season received positive reviews from critics. On Metacritic, it has a score of 76 out of 100 based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Verne Gay of Newsday gave it an "A" grade and wrote that it's "Smart, taut, engaging and propulsive. The fifth looks terrific." Ben Travers of Indiewire gave it an "A-" grade and wrote that "If last season was the redux, then Season 5 is peak Homeland."
For the 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards, the cast was nominated for Best Drama Ensemble, Claire Danes was nominated for Best Drama Actress, and the series was nominated for Best Stunt Team. For the 42nd People's Choice Awards, Homeland won for Favorite Premium Cable Show. The American Film Institute named it on their list of the best television programs of 2015. For the 68th Directors Guild of America Awards, Lesli Linka Glatter was nominated for Outstanding Directing – Drama Series for "The Tradition of Hospitality". For the 20th Satellite Awards, Claire Danes won for Best Actress in a Drama Series. For the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards, the series received four nominations: Outstanding Drama Series, Claire Danes for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Lesli Linka Glatter for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for "The Tradition of Hospitality", and David Klein for Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-Camera Series for "The Tradition of Hospitality".
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