Suspension of disbelief is a funny thing. You can do it to a certain point; then suddenly you can’t…and who can say exactly where the cutoff point is? People could accept American Horror Story’s ghosts and witches, but many drew the line at aliens. The Walking Dead’s strength is its characters, but the show revolves around them fighting off zombies. And from the outset, Homeland’s premise centering on an unmedicated, bipolar CIA agent was impossible, yet the audience didn’t choke until a cell phone showed up in a top secret briefing. We all have our own lines in the sand, and as much as I’ve enjoyed Homeland, I think I may be approaching mine. So much has happened to affect Carrie’s stability, not the least of which was…*Season 3 Spoilers Ahead — if you’re not caught up, please vacate the building…
…watching Brody die and finding she was pregnant with his child. And now we’re supposed to believe that not only has the CIA brought Carrie back on board; they’ve put her in charge of a Counterterrorism unit in the Middle East? Oh, and no worries, apparently she’s left the baby behind with responsible people (presumably her sister). The lure of Rupert Friend and Mandy Patinkin is strong, and I’m certain I’ll check out the premiere to see how far back my sandy line can be pushed, but it’s starting to feel like a sinkhole around here.
Homeland also stars F. Murray Abraham, Tracy Letts, Sarita Choudhury, David Marciano, Nazanin Boniadi, and The Strain’s Corey Stoll will have a recurring role as the Pakistan CIA Station Chief. The series returns to Showtime, October 5th.