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Peter Quinn
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Name: John
Status: Deceased
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
United States of America
Date of death: 2017
Cause of death: Multiple gunshot wounds
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png American
Alias(es): Peter Quinn
Affiliation: Central Intelligence Agency
Profession: CIA Agent, Black Ops
Marital status: Single
Significant other(s): Ex-girlfriend:
Julia Diaz


Children: with Julia Diaz:
John Jr.
Played by: Rupert Friend
Season(s): 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
First episode: "New Car Smell"
Last episode: America First

"It's always your mission, your mission, the mission." - Peter Quinn to Carrie Mathison

John, known in the CIA as Peter Quinn, was a CIA paramilitary officer who was assigned to lead a surveillance team consisting of Carrie Mathison, Saul Berenson, Virgil and Max to observe Congressman Nicholas Brody after it was discovered that Brody had attempted to assassinate Vice President William Walden.

Eventually, after two meetings with Brody, Carrie felt that her assignment had been discovered by him and informed him that she knew about his role with Abu Nazir. Brody was then arrested, much to Quinn and Saul's dismay.

Brody was taken to an intelligence base where he was interrogated by Quinn. After tricking Brody and showing his lies, Quinn resorted to brutal bad cop/good cop tactics and impaled Brody's left hand with a knife.

After Quinn was dragged from the room, Carrie took over the interrogation, while Quinn revealed to Saul that this was his plan. Carrie showed Brody her love for him, managing to get him to reveal that he had worn a suicide vest and informing her that although he didn't know Nazir's plan, he believed that Roya Hammad might know.

After watching Roya and failing to identify a contact of hers, Quinn and Carrie called in Brody, who also failed, but revealed to him that the Gettysburg tailor was dead. Knowing this, after having wasted time with a team watching the shop, Quinn, Danny Galvez and a team went to Gettysburg.

While there, Carrie revealed details of a meeting Brody had with Roya, informing him that there was something there. Enemy Intel that Roya had wanted to recover. After Carrie warned him to be careful and just as he discovered a hollow wall, the CIA team was attacked by enemy assailants, killing most of them and wounding Quinn and Galvez.

It was later discovered by Saul, Virgil and Max that Quinn was hired to assassinate Brody whenever Abu Nazir was caught, or killed. However, Quinn later refused to kill Brody, as it would hurt Carrie and told Estes that if Brody was killed he would be killed as well.


CIA operative Peter Quinn is a self-proclaimed "guy who kills bad guys" within the agency. But despite his job description, he has a conscience. He has been working both for and against Carrie at various times in his career, now neither position has dampened the feelings he has for her.

Early life

John "Peter Quinn" told Carrie that he was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the United States of America. He also tells her that he attended The Hill School and Harvard University. (New Car Smell) Quinn tells his landlady he did not have a degree. Dar Adal (F.Murray Abraham) tells Carrie that Quinn was found by the CIA as a sixteen year old foster child in Baltimore. (A False Glimmer).

He later met a woman named Julia Diaz. The two have a son together, John, Jr., who Quinn wasn't around to raise. (Two Hats)

CIA Recruitment

According to Dar Adal, at sixteen years old, Quinn was found in a Baltimore foster home and was recruited by the CIA and two years later became the youngest SAD officer of the agency, due to his natural talent. He served under Dar Adal. (Two Hats) (Broken Hearts)

Congressman Brody assignment

Surveillance leader

Quinn after being assigned to kill Brody.

After Saul Berenson discovered a video of Congressman Nicholas Brody admitting his part in an attempt on Vice President William Walden's life, he showed it to Carrie Mathison and David Estes.

After Estes viewed the tape, he and Saul discussed putting together a small team to watch Brody, with Estes insisting on assigning his own choice to head the team. Estes selected Quinn for the assignment. (New Car Smell)

Unknown to Saul, Carrie and Brody, Quinn was hired for the assignment to assassinate Brody when the team no longer needed his assistance in finding and killing, or capturing, Abu Nazir. (Two Hats)

Quinn met Saul and soon after Carrie, where the latter two got off to a rocky start before collaborating together on the assignment. Not long after their mission began, Carrie received a call from Congressman Brody, asking her to meet him at a hotel bar for a drink.

She quickly accepted and met with him. After a conversation and a drink with Brody, he left to his hotel room. Quinn and Saul asked Carrie to wrap it up and return to the surveillance headquarters, but she insisted that her cover was finished and that Brody had noticed that she was after him.

She went to Brody's room and told him that they had little time together, revealing that she knew he was working for Abu Nazir. After a brief confrontation with Carrie, Brody was arrested by the surveillance team. (New Car Smell)

Interrogating Brody

Quinn interrogating Brody.

After his arrest, Brody was taken to the intelligence base, where he was soon questioned by Peter, who asked him various question about his captivity, as well as Abu Nazir and his son, Issa. After Brody lied to Quinn about knowing Issa and having been involved in a plot to assassinate Vice President Walden, Quinn revealed the tape of Brody stating his intention to assassinate Walden.

Quinn left the room to let Brody think on his next answers before returning. Receiving truthful answers the second time, Brody still wouldn't admit that he was wearing a suicide vest when he was with Walden and other American higher-ups on December 17, 2011. In apparent anger, Quinn drew his knife from his pocket and impaled it through Brody's left hand.

Quinn was dragged from the room, screaming, appearing to be angry and frustrated. However, this was only a plan to get Carrie in the room with Brody to play good cop and get answers from Brody. She soon succeeded, revealing to Brody her love for him and convinced him to help the CIA find Nazir, to which he agreed.

Brody revealed that there was a plot Nazir had masterminded to attack America and that even though he wasn't sure what it was, he believed that Roya Hammad might have some information about it. (Q&A)

Brody's assistance

Quinn and Carrie soon began watching Roya, with other agents following her. She met with an associate, whom Carrie asked Virgil to track, but he got away. With no leads to go on and no facial recognition, even with a clean picture, Carrie convinced Quinn to ask for Brody's assistance in identifying the man.

Brody later arrived and spoke with Carrie and Quinn about the man, claiming that he'd never seen him before. Brody looked at Carrie, who was standing next to a photo of the Gettysburg tailor Brody had mentioned to them before. Quinn noticed that Brody had information about something and questioned him.

Brody revealed that he knew the tailor and that on the way to a safe house, the tailor died. Brody avoided mentioning that he had killed the tailor, though Quinn questioned him about it. Angered that the CIA had wasted time with having a team watch the tailor's shop, he decided to go to Gettysburg himself.

After telling Brody to stay put where he was, Carrie and Quinn discussed the situation, with Carrie coming up with a plan to get Brody to ask Roya about the man he had met with earlier, as Brody was all that they had to go on. Quinn objected to the plan and warned Carrie not to trust Brody, but considering Brody had led them to Roya, he agreed to let her try it. (A Gettysburg Address)

Gettysburg investigation

Quinn went with a team including Danny Galvez to Gettysburg. They searched the tailor's shop, but could only find mostly receipts and cigarette butts. Carrie called Quinn after Brody met with Roya, informing him that she mentioned enemy Intel being there, before warning Quinn to be careful. Just as Quinn noticed a hollow wall, an armored and masked enemy assault team entered the store.

Quinn after being wounded in the stomach.

The assault team fired upon the CIA team, hitting Quinn in the stomach, leaving him motionless on the floor. Galvez managed to kill one of the assailants, but was then shot as well. One of the assailants removed his mask, revealing himself to be the man Roya had met with. After they left, Quinn began moving, again, holding his stomach wound in pain. (A Gettysburg Address)


Although he was wounded in the stomach, Quinn survived the Gettysburg attack. He met with Carrie while he was admitted to a hospital and though he was informed to stay in bed, he discharged himself from the hospital, quickly return to duty. (The Clearing)

Mission compromised

After Virgil and Max broke into Quinn's apartment, they discovered a photo of a woman named Julia Diaz, her child and a clean apartment, ready to be ditched at any moment. Saul investigated the woman, meeting with her and learning that she knows Quinn as John and the child in the photo is their son, John, Jr..

After Saul left from visiting Julia, she called Quinn and told him what the man looked like. When Saul returned to their headquarters, Quinn left, knowing that Saul was the man who visited her. Max followed Quinn and observed him meeting a man on a bus, that Saul later confirmed to be a CIA black ops leader named Dar Adal. (Two Hats)

Mission aborted

After watching Carrie and Brody spend time together at her family's cabin, Quinn had an opportunity to assassinate Brody from a distance with his sniper rifle while Brody was in the woods, praying. However, Quinn stopped and decided not to kill Brody.

Quinn: Nothing happens to Brody.

Estes: Or?
Quinn: Or you'll find me back in this bedroom one night. Right back in that chair...'cause I'm the guy that kills bad guys.

Peter Quinn threatens David Estes

Quinn confronting Estes.

Quinn visited Estes one night and informed him that he knew Estes was trying to cover his own back and that if Brody died, it would deeply hurt Carrie. Quinn informed Estes that if Brody were to be killed, that Estes would be killed next.

Quinn never could fulfill his threat, as Estes was killed in a bomb explosion at a memorial for Vice President Walden. (The Choice)

Hunting for Haqqani

After Sandy's brutal death, Quinn meets Eden (Emily Walker) the hotel manager, with whom he has a brief sexual relationship before his return to Pakistan. Quinn is arrested when he attacks two men in a bar for insulting Eden.

Quinn is later assigned to the CIA station in Islamabad, and sees action during the hunt for Saul Berenson, as well as Haissam Haqqani's assault on the US embassy - where Quinn's actions save the lives of many Americans. After Haqqani escapes, the US makes the decision to break off ties with Pakistan and the embassy is evacuated; despite orders to evacuate, Quinn remains in Islamabad, and reaches out to Astrid - a German intelligence officer and his former lover - who helps him locate Haqqani.

Quinn tracked Haqqani to a heavily guarded apartment complex in Islamabad and was going to explode a pipe bomb under Haqquani's car but Carrie got in the way so he had to call it off. He attempts to assassinate Haqqani using a pipe bomb, but Carrie gets him to stand down to avoid him from killing civilians.

Shortly thereafter, Quinn returns to the U.S. and reunites with Carrie at her father's funeral. The night of the wake, Quinn and Carrie kiss, and he proposes that the two of them leave the CIA together. Carrie, afraid of destroying another relationship, decides to confront her estranged mother, who reassures her that her bipolar disorder does not stop her from finding love in her life. By the time Carrie attempts call Quinn, however, he has already accepted a high-risk mission in Syria with Dar Adal's group, believing that Carrie turned him down. Quinn spends the next two years running special ops missions in Syria.

Mission in Germany

Quinn later saw service in Syria's al-Raqqa province, where he worked for two years with an American special operations task force, first against the Assad regime, then al-Qaeda's al-Nusra Front, and then ISIS. Quinn believed the program was effective in a tactical sense, but felt that the US had no real strategy in place.

In Berlin, Quinn was initially assigned to investigate a leak of classified documents dealing with cooperation between the CIA and German intelligence. Saul later recruited him for an off-the-books operation to target ISIS terrorists in Berlin, an operation that was complicated when Carrie's name ended up on his list. Quinn later rescued from an ambush by assailants that turn out to be Russian intelligence officers.


He later infiltrated the ISIS cell (led by Hajik Zayd, a convicted jihadist released after the journalist Laura Sutton revealed that he was illegally put under surveillance and imprisoned by the German Bundesnachrichtendienst) and discovered their plan to use chemical weapons in Berlin. He attempts to convince them to stop the attack, but the ISIS recruits decide to use him as the test subject for their chemical weapon. One of the terorists gets qualms about the operation and injects Quinn with an antidote.

He later infiltrates an ISIS cell and discovers their plan to launch a chemical attack on Berlin. He attempts to convince them to stop the attack, but the ISIS recruits decide to use him as the test subject for their sarin gas chamber. One of the recruits, Qasim, gets qualms about the operation and injects Quinn with an antidote.

Carrie and Saul  ask doctors to revive Quinn to query him for information on the impending terrorist attack, but Quinn is unresponsive and goes into respiratory arrest.  The rest of the ISIS recruits make their way to the Berlin train station; Carrie is able to intercept Qasim and convince him to desist. When his partner Bibi kills Qasim, Carrie shoots and kills him.

Quinn is later hospitalized and suffers a massive brain hemorrhage, leaving little chance for survival. Carrie regularly visits Quinn, and receives a heartfelt letter he wrote for her.


Having returned to the US, Quinn was treated for PTSD at a hospital in Brooklyn. He rejected any help from Carrie, who was told by the medical staff that it was probably better if she did not visit him. However, he later left the facility and ended up in the company of prostitutes and high on drugs. He was robbed of his government check and after Carrie was notified that he was missing she located him and attempted to return him to the hospital, he violently resisted it and she decided to let him move into the apartment downstairs from her and Frannie.

While Carrie was at work, she asked Max to look after Quinn after he refused to take his meds. Quinn later wandered off to a convenience store and suffered a seizure. Although he asked Max not to tell Carrie about the incident he did and Quinn later asked Carrie what happened to him as he had no memory of it. She showed him the footage of the sarin gas attack and told him that she worked out his location from the floor tiles.

He soon became convinced that a person who lived across from Carrie was spying on the house but his attempts to tell Carrie fell on deaf ears.

Following Sekou Bah's death, the press convened on Carrie's house while she was out, leaving Frannie in his care, and he tried to protect Frannie and her nanny, which led to a shoot out between him and the authorities. They eventually managed to take him into custody and Frannie was soon taken away by social services, who felt that Quinn's actions had put her in danger.

Quinn was brought back to the psychiatric hospital and later abducted by a mystery man and Astrid, who had flown in from Berlin to bring him to a safe house by the lake. Recognizing that Quinn is being tempted back to New York by Carrie's situation, Dar reveals to Quinn that Carrie made the decision to have Quinn awakened from his coma, likely causing the stroke that he suffered.

Quinn became convinced that Astrid was working against him and he spotted the man from across Carrie's street while out shopping with Astrid. While Astrid was out, he removed the bullets from her gun but when the man tracked down their safe house, he killed Astrid (who was not aware that the gun was not loaded) and shot Quinn multiple times when he ran for cover into the lake. After the man left, Quinn emerged from the water.

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Quinn managed to drive to a diner near Queens where he met with an old friend before arriving at a suburban house, which he had known from his days working as a Black Ops agent. He called Carrie to meet them. A disagreement leads to Quinn revealing that he knows Carrie woke him up from his coma in Berlin, causing him to suffer a stroke.

the man who had killed Astrid tracked them down and Quinn killed him via multiple blows to the face. Carrie later found another van in the garage similar to the one Sekou was driving when he died and they soon realized the house was rigged with a bomb. She and Quinn survived the blast while other agents were killed.

Carrie and Quinn went to Brooklyn to talk with President-elect Keane and it was discovered that there was a bomb in the hotel. Quinn managed to get them to safety but was killed in a hail of bullets.

Honorable mention

While Quinn’s death in the season six finale upset and frustrated many, it can’t be argued that his exit was anything but heroic. While we all wished he could have spent his last days in a more stable condition, the sarin gas attack, which left him with severe brain damage, changed his entire life for the worst.

Quinn’s character development in S6 really showed us that he really was not going to recover from the trauma he suffered in the previous season. Quinn’s final sacrificial act in S6 was a fitting ending, as he finally was able to show who he really was and do one last good act before he passed on.

OBS.: Quinn leaves behind Carrie, his partner at the CIA; his former girlfriend Julia Diaz; his son John Jr and Astrid, the love of your life.

Peter Quinn, faced with the major aftereffects of a severe brain injury (due to a complicated set of events that began with exposure to sarin gas and a brain hemorrhage), has seizures, PTSD, extreme mood swings, mobility problems, cognitive changes (with some deficits), anger management issues, impulsivity, and paranoia. As a skilled CIA black ops agent, his world and future have imploded. He has friends and colleagues who care and want to help, but Quinn has always been very independent, private, and self-reliant. He does not want their help.

As the season progresses, Quinn has moved into the basement apartment of the house Carrie shares with her young daughter Franny Mathison. He becomes convinced that someone is watching Carrie's house, and that they are up to no good. To Carrie, this seems like just another symptom of his condition, but she eventually comes around to his side. Quinn's instincts, skills, and training have begun to kick in, just in time.

About this season  6, what Quinn went through, the interactions with others around him, how he learned to cope with his disabilities, how he used the instincts, training and skills he still had to maximum advantage, and how he ultimately died in the line of duty, saving two people's lives, including the President's, and Carrie's.


Showrunner Alex Gansa weighs in on the death of character Peter Quinn, after a group called "#NotOurHomeland" paid for a rather scathing ad in THR. - MIKEY O'CONNELL

'Homeland' Fans Take Out Full-Page Ad To Protest Character's Death. Read the group’s letter in full below: Sara Boboltz

One of the key parts of Quinn’s personality is an absence of social grace of any kind. Not long after meeting Carrie, referring to Brody, he blurts out, “You were fuckin’ him, huh?” “He doesn’t have great social skills or know how to relate to people on an emotional human level,” Cuesta explains. “But that became a way of discovering him.”

“My favorite line,” says Stiehm, “is her response to the ‘fucked Brody’ question: she says, ‘Oh, who did you fuck last night?’ and he answers, ‘An ER nurse, but I’m not that into her.’” Notes Friend, “Through all that backchat and squabbling is a base of very deep mutual respect. They can smell the deep and layered intelligence in one another. Neither takes bullshit from anybody, and I think that links them together in a certain way.”


Saul tells Quinn: "You're a real diplomat, you know that!"

“Is there no line, Carrie? Is there no fucking line?” - QUINN, Peter

“Is he dead?” asked Keane. // “Yeah.” -Carrie // “He saved our lives.” - Keane // “Yeah.” - Carrie

"Nothing happens to Brody, or you'll find me back in this bedroom one night. Right back in that chair. 'Cause I'm a guy that kills bad guys." - Quinn to Estes.

“Mostly, I just didn’t want to live in a bunker and kill people by remote control.” - Quinn


I must be finished, and we were never together. I'm not good with words, but they are flowing now. I don't believe in chance or fate or horoscopes, but I'm not surprised it turned out that way. I always felt like something pulled me into darkness. That makes sense? I couldn't have a real life, real love. These were things for normal people. With you, I thought, "Maybe, who knows." But now I know it was a fake glimpse. I'm used to it, it always happens in the desert, but this one moved me. And the point is, this death, my end, is exactly what should have happened. I wanted darkness. I asked for it. I belong to her now. So don't put a star on the wall for me. Don't make a stupid speech. Think of me as a light on the cape, a beacon, pulling you away from the rocks. I loved you. Yours, now forever.



Season 7: Useful Idiot

Behind the Scenes


Season 2
"The Smile" "Beirut is Back" "State of Independence" New Car Smell Q&A
A Gettysburg Address The Clearing I'll Fly Away Two Hats Broken Hearts
In Memoriam The Choice
Season 3
Tin Man Is Down Uh... Oh... Ah... "Tower of David" "Game On" The Yoga Play
Still Positive Gerontion A Red Wheelbarrow "One Last Thing" Good Night
Big Man in Tehran The Star
Season 4
The Drone Queen Trylon and Perisphere Shalwar Kameez Iron in the Fire About a Boy
From A to B and Back Again Redux Halfway to a Donut There's Something Else Going On 13 Hours in Islamabad
Krieg Nicht Lieb Long Time Coming
Season 5
Separation Anxiety The Tradition of Hospitality Super Powers Why Is This Night Different? Better Call Saul
Parabiosis Oriole All About Allison The Litvinov Ruse New Normal
Our Man in Damascus A False Glimmer
Season 6
Fair Game The Man in the Basement The Covenant A Flash of Light Casus Belli
The Return Imminent Risk Alt. Truth Sock Puppets The Flag House
R Is for Romeo America First
Main Characters
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