The Season 4 premiere of "Homeland" was without its longtime lead, Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), but that didn't stop the Showtime series from bringing the drama. For those who didn't catch the back-to-back Season 4 premiere, or for those who just want to relive the most watercooler-worthy moments, check out the top 10 moments from Sunday night's two new episodes of "Homeland":
Episode 1: "The Drone Queen"
1. Carrie's New Life
When we meet Carrie (Claire Danes), she is stationed in Kabul, Afghanistan, working under CIA director and Senator Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) as a senior station chief ordering drone strikes on Middle Eastern terrorists. When “Homeland” newcomer CIA chief Sandy (Corey Stoll) tells her that his source has intel on the location of one of their most wanted terrorists, Haissam Haqqani, Carrie orders a strike on the farmhouse where he is reported to be located. Back at her apartment in Afghanistan, we learn that Carrie’s daughter is named Frannie and is under the care of her sister Maggie Mathison (Amy Hargreaves).
2. The Wedding
Shortly after the drone strike, which is later discovered to actually have been a bombing run, we learn that the attack occured during a wedding attended by Haqqani, so the strike killed not only him but 40 of his family members. The attack results in a Taliban spokesman announcing a plan for revenge against the U.S.
“They have turned a wedding into a funeral parlor. Our revenge will be unprecedented,” says the spokesperson. Carrie claims to be unaware that Haqqani was with so many civilians at the time of the strike.
3. Carrie Makes A New Enemy
Carrie makes a new enemy in an Air Force lieutenant who participated in the Pakistan bombing mission. We first meet the lieutenant in a bar, and while Carrie's original intentions with him seem flirtatious, we soon see that his intentions are nothing of the sort.
“I feel sick to my stomach about it,” says the lieutenant, referring to the airstrike.
“I try to see the big pictures. The mission,” explains Carrie.
“Monsters,” he says to Carrie."F---ing monsters, all of you."
"Get the f--- out of my face lieutenant," Carrie tells him, a request which he immediately obliges.
4. Meet Aayan Ibrahim
We meet Aayan Ibrahim (Suraj Sharma), one of the few survivors of the wedding strike, as he awakes in a hospital only to learn that both his sister and mother were killed in the attack. We learn that Aayan was videotaping the wedding before the strike, the only evidence that a wedding was occuring prior to the attack. Despite his grief, Ayaan returns to Ommaya College of Medicine in Islamabad, Pakistan. His friend and roomate, surprised by his return and believing him to be dead, tries to convince him to upload the video in order to honor his family. Aayan refuses, only to have his pal instruct his cousin to secretly publicize the footage. After discovering that the video went live, Aayan, in fear of investigators learning his identity from the tape, tells him to delete it.
5. Sandy's Cover Is Blown
In response to the wedding video leak, Sandy tells a secret source that he needs to meet immediately. The source agrees for Sandy to arrive at their meeting location only to find that their location's lock has been changed. While Sandy is in mid-route, fellow CIA workers Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) and Carrie learn that his cover has officially been blown. Quinn calls Sandy to warn him, but Sandy is unable to escape from his location without being seen. Sandy soon escapes to a residential street but is cornered shortly thereafter by Pakistani men. Carrie and Quinn arrive just in time only to have their vehicle bombard by "at least 100 locals." The locals, angered over the latest drone strike, smash the car windows and haul Sandy out of the vehicle. Quinn fights back, firing shots at several of the more violent attackers. Carrie tries to flee the car and save Sandy, but Quinn does not allow her to leave.
“There is nothing more we can do,” he tells her. The duo leaves the scene, and Sandy, covered by the crowd, is presumed to be dead.
Episode 2: 'Trylon and Perisphere'
6. Aayan Is Attacked
Despite his desire to remain anonymous in his connection to the wedding video, Aayan's indentity is discovered by a local news reporter who approaches him on his college campus. In the interview, he admits that the death of Sandy, who we later discover had been stomped to death, did not feel like justice to him despite his involvement in the loss of his family.
“The Americans, they’re murderers, OK?” Aayan tells the reporter. “But what we did to them out there is no different.” Aayan's impromptu press conference angers some unidentified men who raid his home in the middle of the night, threatening him to discontinue talking about the incident. We also learn that Aayan was no regular wedding guest, he was Haqqani's nephew.
7. Carrie Grieves Brody
After a full episode with no mention of the name “Brody,” Carrie's visit the U.S. causes her to finally mourn his death from Season 3.
“He was so happy that you were on the way,” Carrie tells Frannie of Brody while the duo sits parked outside his family’s home. “It was the last thing he was happy about.... I loved him so much. When I close my eyes, I still seem him there.”
8. Carrie Almost Drowns Frannie
Just as we meet Frannie and see Carrie finally take on her role as a mother, the infant, a practical clone of Brody, almost meets her untimely demise. During Carrie’s first full day with the child, she attempts to bathe her. At first she accidentally lets her head slip underwater, but then "Homeland" viewers see Carrie pause and slowly, purposefully allow the child to fall underneath the water. She soon after realizes her mistake and pulls the child to safety, cradling her in her arms as the child cries.
9. Lockhart Accused Of Treason
Following the wedding video’s release, Lockhart orders Carrie back to working at Langley and requests her help in attending Senate hearings regarding the controversial airtrike. Carrie, wanting to be away from her daughter, was denied her request to work in Islamabad. With the help of a former case officer in Islamabad, Jordan Harris (Adam Godley), Carrie learns that Harris had informed Lockhart of Sandy’s "dark" sources that gave him intel about target information on terrorists in the border region in Islamabad. After telling Lockhart, Harris said, like Carrie, he was ordered back to a desk position in the U.S. Carrie vowed to get him back onto the field for sharing his information.
As Sandy’s funeral, Carrie approaches Lockhart with her intel, accusing him of treason.
“You knew what was going on there. That makes you complicit,” Carrie told Lockhart. "It’s called treason. There are laws against it and they apply to everyone, even the director of the CIA.”
Begrudgingly, Lockhart permits Carrie to serve as the station chief in Islamabad.
10. Fight Over Brody Baby
Carrie's decision to go back overseas causes her sister Maggie’s temper to flare.
“They’re sending me back. I don’t have a choice,” Carrie tells Maggie of the relocation, a statement that Maggie labels as a bold-faced lie.
“I know you,” she said to Carrie. “I know you manipulated this somehow.... There is not even a diagnosis for what's wrong with you.”
After her argument with Maggie, Carrie says her final goodbyes to her baby. “I’m so sorry,” she tells Frannie, before shutting her nursery door and heading off to work.
"Homeland" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT on Showtime.