I don’t think he was cast to be a love interest for Carrie or a friend.
But Rupert and Claire have this very strange sort of chemistry and rapport, much different than the obvious magnetism between Claire and Damian and several shades darker than the tenderness evident between Claire and Mandy. It’s very tense but also… puncturing. I think they see to the heart of the other in a different and more precise way than Carrie and Brody “got each other.”
It’s very interesting to see the buildup of sexual tension between them because this show never really messed around with that before. Carrie and Brody had sex the 4th or 5th time they saw each other.
One great thing about the writers is that they really play to these actors’ strengths. I think they realized after the second season how interesting their relationship was and how much potential it had and then wrote to that in season three.
The only thing I recall about the casting/development of Quinn in the early stages was that Rupert was given a very rough outline of his character (including that he was meant to kill Brody IIRC) by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, but in season two they were making up everything as they went along. As far as I know, there were no specific plans for his character beyond season two or with Carrie specifically, but you work with what you got.
Specific Homeland or at least Homeland-adjacent blogs:
Multifandom/people’s actual personal blogs — obviously they post more about Homeland while the show is actually on but the specific Homeland blogs stay relatively active during the hiatus:
/shameless plug/ my personal blog is chaseangela and I post my sad Homeland/Claire Danes thoughts more regularly than is probably healthy.
In 2.10, Brody has to decide whether to give Nazir the serial code on Walden’s pacemaker.
If he gives him the code, then Walden dies and Carrie goes free. If he chooses not to give him the code, then Nazir kills Carrie.
So he has to choose to either save Carrie and Walden, and it “wasn’t even close.”
But OF COURSE it wasn’t close, because Brody loathed Walden and he relished killing him. The way Brody says it—tender and as if he had made a huge sacrifice—is also the way Carrie receives it, but we in the audience know better. In fact it’s almost insulting that Brody would say that to Carrie.
Like, “If I had to choose between saving you, the woman I (maybe) love, and killing the man I despise with every fiber of my being, I’d choose you every time.”
I’ve never seen it.
I SEE YOU ANON AND AS SOON AS MY LIFE GETS BACK TO NORMAL I WILL DO THIS BUT PROBABLY NOT FOR LIKE ANOTHER TWO WEEKS.
I really do not know what is going to happen between Carrie and Saul. Their relationship has not been the same since “Marine One.” One of my favorite insights comes from Claire (on the pilot commentary), as she describes that before the events of the first season began, she imagined that Carrie and Saul had had a long and true friendship.
But over the course of the first season, and in the second and third seasons especially, they developed an intimacy, and they developed it fast. That’s how I see that relationship now, I guess. It is definitely fractured and strained but it is the most intimate of any on this show. It is bad but it is also the best thing in either of their lives.
I think it will continue to be as endlessly complex and painful in season four as it was in season three. I think the writers are past the point of return on this one. Which is great, I love it, but yeah, it hurts.
tl;dr: I AM HORRIBLE AT PREDICTING THIS SHOW EXCEPT FOR BRODY’S DEATH I DON’T KNOWWWWWWW.
I think that the new season will be a more personal journey for Carrie tbh and have less to do with omniscient villains (s1/2) or Middle Eastern politics (s3). This is ironic, of course, since she’ll be smack dab in the middle of the Middle Eastern turmoil, but it’s just a feeling I have.
I mean, that’s what I’m hoping. I want to see so much character development for her this season and I want to see Claire Danes slaughter absolutely every scene.
She’s not the one who got it wrong, she’s the only one who got it right…Share it now!
I hate the ‘crazy’ label but I’ll allow it because THEY LINKED TO THE CARRIE MATHISON WORDSMITH VIDEO HEYOOOOOOOOOO