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Prisoners of War
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Season 8, Episode 12  
Written by: Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon
Directed by: Lesli Linka Glatter
Production number: 8WAH12
Running time: 68 minutes
Original airdate: April 26, 2020
Viewers (millions): 1.26


Prisoners of War is the series finale of Homeland. It aired on April 26, 2020.


Events surrounding Saul and Carrie's final mission come to a conclusion.

Episode guide


Details hidden in Homeland


Factual error: At the beginning of the last sequence a city centre is shown with the caption "Moscow." In fact, the city shown is Budapest, with the Danube, Castle, St Matthias Church, Fisherman's Bastion and Chain Bridge visible.


“I love my country. What I am is a marine.” (Nicholas Brody)

“Yevgeny wanted you to have the best for your operation,” Benson creepily assured Carrie.

“Everything you have ever asked of me, I have done. And now I’m asking you. Just let me off the hook here. Do not make me do this.”- Carrie for Saul

I had to try. - Carrie

If you wanna blame me, go ahead. (Gromov) / No, I do blame you! (Mathison)

“In 2018, former CIA case officer and station chief Carrie A. Mathison made what was in her mind the most patriotic move she could make: she outed an American spy to the Russian government… - Tyranny of Secrets: Why I Had to Betray My Country.

“Greetings from Moscow, Professor,” the note reads. “The Russian S400 missile defense system sold to Iran has a backdoor. It can be defeated. More updates to follow. Stay tuned.” A sly, knowing smile cross over Saul’s face and the Carrie and Saul dance continues. - Carrie to Saul

The dedication of Carrie’s book reads “For my daughter, in the hopes she’ll one day understand.”


"She dedicates herself entirely to the noble cause of protecting her country, but she doesn’t do it  simply for noble reasons. She is terrified of forging intimate relationships with others—which is, basically, what constitutes a life—because she knows the kind of damage that her condition her wreak. Because she has such an anemic life, it is easier for her to risk losing it on behalf of her cause. While this is an advantage of sorts, she must live with the pain of her loneliness.” – Claire Dane

Everybody on staff wanted to revisit something with that family. We talked about it and talked about it. We couldn’t find the right story to tell that felt organic. If all of us had one regret about the stories we told, I think we didn’t really honor the effect on a family like the Brodys of what (Nicholas) Brody was accused of at the end of season 2. That’s the one story that we all felt we dropped the ball on a little bit. It didn’t have the weight that it should have. - Alex Gansa

"She has just finished her first book and, to celebrate, he takes her to see the jazz star Kamasi Washington in concert. It’s the discordant avant-garde jazz that has opened every show since 2011. It’s the very essence of Carrie’s Dionysian energy – chaotic, intuitive, transgressive.” –James Donaghy

I’m so glad, knowing where we are and the times we live in, there’s something nice about Carrie smiling at the end of the show. It’s hopeful.” – Alex Gansa

For Carrie, it was nice to see her at the end of this run doing what she was meant to do.” –Alex Gansa

Cost of doing business... “The most powerful scenes book-ended the attempted poisoning, with Carrie and Saul having it out about the same thing they always have it out about: loyalty, duty, trust. Both can justify any decision through those prisms — whether they’re being loyal to one another, the CIA, or their country.” [x]

“The big idea for when we were filming [the final scenes] both for Carrie and Saul was that there were these amazing flares of light in the background of Saul’s shot and in the background of Carrie’s shot. It’s another chapter opening up. It came out of incredible discussions since it is the last image. I love that there’s just something about the incredible, ecstatic look on both of their faces for very different reasons.” –Lesli Linka Glatter


Main Cast

Guest Cast


  • Patrice Quinn as Vocalist
  • Dwight Trible as Vocalist
  • Brandon Coleman as Vocalist

Special Guest Appearance


  • The episode takes its name from the original Israeli TV series which this show was adapted from (Hebrew title 'Hatufim')
  • Although most of the season was shot in Morocco, production had to be moved to Los Angeles for this episode due to logistical issues.
  • The final scene at the concert was filmed in Los Angeles Theatre, with the featured musician being Kamasi Washington.
  • Gansa described the internal tension when crafting the finale: “The conversations got intense about how far Carrie would go and how far she wouldn’t go.. everyone — cast members, directors, writers — was in a froth…. To say there was some free-floating anxiety would’ve been an understatement”.
  • Some details of the finale were still in flux as filming approached. 24 hours before the finale was shot, Gansa, along with Claire Danes, settled on the idea of Carrie’s authoring of a book denouncing the United States.


Season 8
#801 "Deception Indicated" #807 "F**ker Shot Me"
#802 "Catch and Release" #808 "Threnody(s)"
#803 "False Friends" #809 "In Full Flight"
#804 "Chalk One Up" #810 "Designated Driver"
#805 "Chalk Two Down" #811 "The English Teacher"
#806 "Two Minutes" #812 "Prisoners of War"