With ‘Homeland’ in the Rearview, Claire Danes Explains Why Carrie Could Not Kill Saul

Back at the 2012 Emmys, “Homeland” started a two-season winning streak with eight awards — and then lost all 19 of its nominations in its next five.

After a powerful eighth final season, the Showtime drama series is poised to finish strong.

Back in the fray is two-time Best Actress winner Claire Danes, who has taken bipolar CIA spy Carrie Mathison through a tumultuous trajectory as she ricocheted around her mentor, intelligence operative Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin).Making this complicated woman believable is not as easy as Danes makes it look.

Mathison’s a superagent operating in a naturalistic world that is grounded in real reporting.

Every year, during their “Homeland” hiatus, Danes and Patinkin joined executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon and director Lesli Linka Glatter for a weeklong Washington, D.C.

spy camp.

Over eight seasons, they developed relationships with intelligence experts, think-tank heads on the right and left, and

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