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Spoiler warning for anyone who hasn't yet watched the Season 6 finale of Homeland.
Homeland keeps ticking on Showtime, but we can't say the same about an increasing number of people that are important to Carrie Mathison. Season 6 was building to Elizabeth Marvel's President-Elect Elizabeth Keane taking office, and the finale's post bombing assassination attempt threatened to keep that event from ever happening. But while Keane lived to tell the tale, series veteran Peter Quinn did not, as he drove through a barrage of bullets in getting both Keane and Carrie to safety. Star Rupert Friend had a touching answer when asked if his goodbye to Quinn is an emotional one.
Man, as if it wasn't hard enough just saying goodbye to Quinn already, especially after everything he's experienced in Season 6, as his recovery from the sarin gas exposure in Season 5's finale turned him from an often unflinching professional to someone else entirely. Watching him survive with his PTSD and his not-always-legal lifestyle was definitely difficult viewing, and his demise is even more effective knowing that Rupert Friend was personally affected by Quinn's lack of a traditional best friend, lover or trusted confidante. That he died saving Carrie's life is far more important than him saving the President-Elect, or any member of the U.S. government for that matter, because at least she was the closest thing that Peter had to any of those things. At least as far as what viewers witnessed.
Whatever anyone's opinions are of Homeland Season 6 as a whole, Rupert Friend's performance as a starkly different Peter Quinn was easily one of the most memorable aspects, and I am admittedly okay with not seeing him suffer through life like that for longer. Thankfully, Showtime already locked down Homeland for at least another two years no matter who had died in the finale, having ordered Season 7 and Season 8 when this most current set of episodes hadn't even been completed yet. Who will be the next member of Carrie's circle of secret-keepers to bite the bullet next? Or a bunch of bullets, as it was in this case.
While Homeland viewers likely won't get to see Peter Quinn saving anyone's lives in the future (unless we get to see some flashbacks), we'll likely get to watch Carrie and Saul and that bastard Dar when Season 7 gets here in what will likely be early 2018. In the meantime, head to our midseason premiere schedule and our summer TV guide to see what's coming to the small screen in the near future.