Homeland season 6 brings the story back home to deal with the relevant issue of homegrown terrorism and the CIA dealing with a new President who doesn’t quite seem to have a grasp on how important their role in counterterrorism is. Whether it’s 24, or Homeland, Howard Gordon always seems to be one step ahead with plots that are almost a little too close for comfort. In addition to relevant plotlines, the mostly grounded series asks us to take a leap of faith and suspend our disbelief as this season will see the return of Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend).
Quinn was one of the most badass CIA agents to ever grace the small screen until the writers tangled him up in a ridiculous plotline that should have left him dead. While Homeland has always been a fantastical take on the United States’ war on terror, the prestigious series has always been somewhat grounded up until the series went full 24 in the fourth season when terrorists infiltrated the US embassy in Pakistan using a hidden tunnel. While the season’s climax felt more 24 than it did Homeland, the series quickly got back to its more subdued approach to drama but unfortunately the writers sidelined Quinn for the fifth season, literally having him stumble his way into a terror cell only for them to use nerve gas on him. Magically, Quinn survived and is somehow able to speak again. While I love Quinn’s character and I’m glad he survived, it hurts the show’s credibility to keep him in the mix.
Homeland season 6 premieres Sunday, January 15th at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.
The series stars Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend, Elizabeth Keane, Dominic Fumusa, Patrick Sabonigui, Sekou bah, and F. Murray Abraham.