Season 4 of “Homeland” is on a two-week hiatus, but following Sunday night’s deadly cliffhanger, viewers will surely want to know what's in store for Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin). Did they survive that blast? Where has Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) been? And what is terrorist Haissam Haqqani's (Numan Acar) plan now that he has found his way inside the U.S. Embassy? Ahead of the show’s return to Showtime next month, here are six things we know about episode 10, “13 Hours in Islamabad":
Carrie and Saul are most likely alive
The end of “Homeland” episode 9 teased the idea that it could be curtains for Carrie and Saul after their convoys exploded on the streets of Islamabad following the prisoner exchange. While viewers saw only the damaged convoys during the final moments of episode, it appears both of the show’s front-runners will be OK. Earlier this month the New York Daily News published photos of Danes and Patinkin filming a “violent gunfight” scene in Cape Town, South Africa. In both shots, both stars are seen sporting head wounds while surrounded by wreckage. If you look closely at the images, you may notice that the convoys appear to be the same ones used in Sunday night's episode. As viewers have yet to see this scene on-screen, and assuming this is not a dream sequence, I think it’s safe to say that Carrie and Saul are still alive.
Someone might die
According to Showtime’s synopsis for episode 10, the breach at the U.S. Embassy will have “far-reaching consequences.” While there's no word on whether someone will die during Taliban terrorist Haissam Haqqani’s (Numan Acar) infiltration of the Embassy, Vanity Fair has suggested that Carrie’s words to Saul during his prisoner-exchange rescue in episode 9, “No more dying,” could be a big indicator that more deaths are on the horizon. With rumors that the cast was spotted shooting an “elaborate” funeral scene for the show’s upcoming Dec. 21 finale, and the producer's knack for killing off fan-favorites, things are not looking so good for the stars of “Homeland."
Haqqani will not be one of them
Unfortunately for the CIA, it appears the agency will lose another shot at taking out Haqqani during the Embassy takeover. An image from episode 11 shows the Taliban leader alive and well, appearing to be chanting something as his admirers look on.
Dennis Boyd will continue to redeem himself
Despite sharing top-secret information with the ISI and being imprisoned for treason in episode 9, the ambassador’s husband, Dennis Boyd (Mark Moses), appears to be continuing on the path to redemption in episode 10. A sneak peek for the new installment shows U.S. Ambassador Martha Boyd (Laila Robins) telling Quinn the intel her husband shared with the ISI about the Embassy’s secret underground tunnels.
“Ambushing Saul’s convoy may have been a diversion to draw the Marines away from here,” Martha says. “The ISI know about the tunnel under the economic section, which means anybody could know by now, which means we are essentially defenseless.”
There will be a lockdown
Following the breach, all of the CIA’s most valuable assets, including Ambassador Boyd, will reportedly be put in lockdown inside the Embassy’s vault. Despite his previous actions and their indifferent relationship, Martha will also bring Dennis to the vault. There is no indication the director of the CIA, Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts), will be one of the individuals secured during the attack.
Quinn will play a big role
Quinn has been missing in action in the past few weeks, but it appears he will return in full force in episode 10. Not only is Quinn sporting a gun in multiple episode 10 photos, but there is another shot of him tinkering with what appears to be an explosive device and walking the streets of Islamabad in images from episode 11.
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Season 4, episode 10, of “Homeland,” “13 Hours in Islamabad,” airs Sunday, Dec. 7, at 9 p.m. EST on Showtime.