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Fair Game
Season 6, Episode 1
Written by: Alex Gansa & Ted Mann
Directed by: Keith Gordon
Production number: 6WAH01
Running time: 51 minutes
Original airdate: January 15, 2017
Viewers (millions): 1.25 (online)
1.08 (premiere)

Fair Game is the season premiere of Season 6 of Homeland. It aired on January 15, 2017.


Three months after the events of season 5, Carrie and Frannie live in Brooklyn where Carrie works as an advocate for Muslim Americans. Dar and Saul brief President-elect Keane. Quinn struggles with his new circumstances.

Episode guide


Brian Tallerico of New York Magazine rated the episode 4 out of 5 stars, saying it had "a pleasantly slow pace... it's an interesting tone-setter for a show that can often be detrimentally hyperactive". In praise of the episode's scenery, Tallerico wrote "The premiere used New York City beautifully, especially in the bustling background behind Sekou's videos"

Matt Brennan of Paste reviewed it positively, calling it "uneventful", but stating "despite its dearth of narrative fireworks, tonight’s episode succeeds in setting the table for such developments on two distinct fronts".

Rupert Friend was named "Performer of the Week" by TVLine for his performance; they wrote "it’s a credit to Friend’s raw, riveting performance that he’s making Quinn’s descent so authentic—and tragic".


“What if he’s just opposed to U.S. foreign policy in Muslim countries, like I am, more and more?” Carrie asks the FBI agent (Dominic Fumusa) tasked to Sekou’s case.

“There’s two sides to every story,” as Sekou says into his camera. “Know that.”


Other mistake: Carrie took Finn back to hospital and after he left the car he lifted his left arm up and brushed back his hair. I thought he couldn't move his left arm?


Main Cast

Guest Starring


  • Claire Keane as Franny Mathison
  • McKenna Keane as Franny Mathison
  • Elena Hurst as Latisha the Nanny
  • Lejato Robinson as Clarence Jackson
  • Gameela Wright as Nurse Sheehan
  • Kaitlin Mesh as Justine
  • Mugga as Mona
  • Nikki Massoud as Adama
  • Anthony Lopez as Hugo
  • Debbie Troche as U.S. Attorney Ortiz
  • Kyle Klaus as TAC Team #1
  • Sean Ricciardi as TAC Team #2
  • Meredyth Kenney as Waldorf Reporter #1
  • Obaid Kadwani as Waldorf Reporter #2
  • Cathleen Trigg as Waldorf Reporter #3
  • Michael Elian as Security Guard DeMarco
  • Victor Plajas as Security Guard Warren


  • The episode first aired online on December 30, 2016.


Season 6
#601 "Fair Game" #607 "Imminent Risk"
#602 "The Man in the Basement" #608 "Alt. Truth"
#603 "The Covenant" #609 "Sock Puppets"
#604 "A Flash of Light" #610 "The Flag House"
#605 "Casus Belli" #611 "R Is for Romeo"
#606 "The Return" #612 "America First"