Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) wasted little time before finding themselves knee-deep in international conspiracies and counter-conspiracies, as the eighth and final season of Showtime's Homeland heads into this week's "False Friends". Saul's path to Haqqani (Numan Acar) was met with some serious pushback, while Carrie dug up useful dirt dirt on Afghanistan VP G'ulom (Mohammad Bakri) – before her Russian captor Yevgeny Gromov (Costa Ronin) meets her for a drink to "catch up" on the tip he left her…
Which brings us to the following preview, where Carrie makes her pitch to new boss Mike Dunne (Cliff Chamberlain) on why they need to follow up on Yevgeny's reaching-out carefully and off-the-books for now.
But is Carrie the most objective voice to be making that call? We're not so sure even Mike's so sure – he doesn't exactly vibe "trust"…
"Homeland" season 8, episode 3 "False Friends": Carrie arranges a meeting. Haqqani (Numan Acar) finds trouble at home. Saul cuts a deal.
The final season of HOMELAND finds Carrie Mathison (Danes) recovering from months of brutal confinement in a Russian gulag. Her body is healing, but her memory remains fractured – which is a problem for Saul (Patinkin), now National Security Advisor to the newly ascendant President Warner (Emmy and Golden Globe winner Beau Bridges). The top priority of Warner's young administration is an end to the "forever war" in Afghanistan, and Saul has been dispatched to engage the Taliban in peace negotiations.
But Kabul teems with warlords and mercenaries, zealots and spies – and Saul needs the relationships and expertise that only his protégé can provide. Against medical advice, Saul asks Carrie to walk with him into the lion's den – one last time. Along with Danes and Patinkin, the final season stars Maury Sterling, Linus Roache and Costa Ronin, with Nimrat Kaur and Numan Acar also returning from season four in series regular roles.
Produced by Fox 21 Television Studios for Showtime, Homeland was developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and is based on the original Israeli series Prisoners of War by Gideon Raff. Along with Gansa and Gordon, executive producers for season eight include Chip Johannessen, Debora Cahn, Lesli Linka Glatter, Patrick Harbinson, Claire Danes, Michael Klick, Avi Nir, Ran Telem, and Gideon Raff.