Homeland recap: 'Krieg Nicht Lieb'

December 15, 2014 7:10 AM

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Homeland recap: 'Krieg Nicht Lieb'

"Krieg Nicht Lieb": War, not love. It's the title of this week's episode, but it could also easily be the tagline for this entire season of Homeland. War, not love, is what drives our heroes, despite all pretenses to the contrary. War, not love, is what they're making week after week, month after month. And war, not love, is the promise that Homeland made to us, in this penultimate episode. Whatever you think of this season's twists, turns, and unusual choices, nobody can deny that this show knows exactly what it's about.

When we last saw Carrie, she was going after Quinn, who had gone after Haqqani in the aftermath of the attack on the embassy. Only that breach, and everything that went with it, was about much more than killing American agents or stealing American intel. As Asar Khan explains to Carrie: "It wasn't a...

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