‘Homeland’ Season 4 Finale: You Don’t Have to Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here

BFFs Senator Lockhart and Carrie Matheson share some libations and lasagna. (Showtime)

BFFs Senator Lockhart and Carrie Matheson share some libations and lasagna. (Showtime)

What the hell was that? This season finale was boring, nonsensical garbage. Whatever you thought was going to happen in this episode didn’t, except for the long awaited hook-up of Quinn and Carrie. It seems like this season was really all about whether Carrie can find a true love who doesn’t get murdered.

It begins with Carrie just back in Virginia. No reason to show what happened in Islamabad after Carrie and Quinn almost killed Haqqani. It couldn’t be as exciting as a funeral in Maryland.

Mom’s back! Literally nothing happens for the first 10 minutes of the episode until Carrie’s mom shows up. The woman who abandoned Carrie and the rest of the family 15 years ago saw her ex-husband’s obit and decided to pop in. Carrie is super-pissed about being left by her mom but her sister is glad to have her back. After being yelled at for two minutes, Mom has had enough browbeating, so she jumps in her Volvo and takes off back to Missouri.

Quinn’s Back! It’s funeral time and Quinn shows up. It’s Carrie’s Dad’s funeral, time for Quinn to go in for the kiss. She’s into it but then pushes him away because she’s just going to ruin it. Let yourself have love, Carrie.

Saul’s back! Well, Saul wants back in the CIA real bad. One problem, they won’t let him back in because Haqqani has a hostage video that will ruin Saul if it gets out. Why will it ruin Saul? It wouldn’t. Yet another middle finger to logic in order to move the story along. Dar Adal has the video and promises Saul that it won’t be released. All Saul has to do is accept that Haqqani is now on team USA and take him offf the kill list. That’s what Dar was doing rolling in Haqqani’s SUV. A deal was cut that kept Haqqani alive in exchange for him not harboring terrorists. If Saul will play along, Dar will get him the CIA Director gig. Not a very Saul-like thing to do but he does it because, just because.

Another thing, there are references to it being “the holidays” when all the trees are green and everybody is dressed like it’s June. There is winter in Maryland, I just looked it up on Wikipedia. They totally have winter. Is it nitpicky to point that out? It does show that nobody seems to give a shit if anything makes sense.

Carrie decides she needs to confront her mom and tracks her down in Missouri and confronts her. She finds out Mom didn’t leave because Dad was bipolar. She took off because she couldn’t keep it in her pants and got pregnant by someone else. Phew, Carrie was so afraid that she couldn’t find real love, and that her disease would cause someone to leave her just like they did her dad. That’s why she pushed Quinn away.

The only thing that has been holding Carrie back from a relationship is that her mom split on her bipolar Dad. That wasn’t an issue when she fell in love with a married terrorist traitor. However this deep-seeded 15 year long phobia that has caused all Carries relationship issues was able to be undone in one conversation. Perfect, now Carrie can have a new boyfriend and they’ll raise ‘lil Brody baby together. Oops, too late. Quinn is on a deadly, secret, black ops mission and who knows when he’s coming back?

Dar Adal doesn’t know. Carrie goes right to his house to ask. That’s not going to work. Dar Adal runs black ops, and he will not be threatened. Saul is there. Once Carrie sees that Saul is on-board with Dar and his Haqqani deal, she just drives away and listens to jazz music. That’s it. That’s the end of the season. Thanks for watching it with me.

‘Homeland’ Season 4 Finale: You Don’t Have to Go Home, But You Can’t Stay Here