Saul Berenson
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Name: Saul Michael Berenson
Status: Alive
Birthplace: Calliope, Indiana,
United States of America
Nationality: Flag of the United States.png American
Religion: Jewish
Residence(s): 413 Circle Drive,
Washington, D.C.,
United States of America
Affiliation: Central Intelligence Agency
Profession: CIA Division Chief of Europe
Former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
Former National Security advisor to President Elizabeth Keane
Sibling(s): Dorit (sister)
Marital status: Divorced
Spouse(s): Mira Berenson (divorced)
Played by: Mandy Patinkin
Season(s): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
First episode: "Pilot"

Saul Michael Berenson is Carrie Mathison's mentor and to some extent, protector at the CIA. During Season 3 he also filled the role of Acting Director of the organization.

As of Season 7, he holds the position of National Security advisor to President Elizabeth Keane.  Following her resignation at the end of the season, he is also removed from his government position. However he is re-instated by her successor Ralph Warner.


Little is known about Saul's early life yet, it has been established he majored in political science in college. He was also one of the few Jewish children to grow up in a town in rural Indiana.


Saul has worked for the CIA for 35 years. He recruited, trained, and placed Carrie in the field, and continues to have a close working relationship with her, despite not being her immediate boss anymore. He was responsible for catching Osama Bin Laden

Nick Brody's return

Carrie told Saul about the intel Hasan Ibrahim supplied regarding a turned American POW and requested permission to place surveillance on Sgt. Nick Brody, a POW who was recently rescued after long captivity. Saul denied the request, suggesting that her idea that Abu Nazir tipped off the military to the location where Brody was found was fanciful, and would need real evidence to justify action against Brody.

He did however place her in Brody's debriefing on the condition that she behave herself (which she didn't). Saul defends her against her boss, David Estes, who complained about her behavior in the debriefing, however he was warned not to let things get personal with Carrie. Saul discovered Carrie's illegal surveillance of Brody and became angry with her when she later attempted to seduce Brody. Saul does feel that Carrie justified herself when she found a rhythmic pattern in the way Brody tapped his fingers during televised appearances.


Saul becomes division chief of Europe. He is compromised due to a romantic involvement with the Berlin station chief who is secretly a Russian operative.

After Keane's election

He is tasked with the investigation of the Iranian nuclear arms deal. Eventually he finds out that a suspicious financier was a Mossad-backed operative and the Iranians stayed true to the deal.

He thinks that Javadi would convince Keane of the trustworthiness of Iran but Javadi claims that Iran would blow up the deal. Using footage of the tortured financier Keane is eventually convinced that Dar Adal wants her to distrust Iran.

Keane wants to implicate Dar Adal using the Berlin infiltration debacle but this means that Saul would be convicted as well.

Keane's presidency

After being jailed for conspiracy, Saul is brought back as National Security Advisor. Keane tasks him with bring back the fugitive O'Keefe. Eventually there is a shooting between the patriots where he is in hiding and the FBI. Saul considers this a disaster.

Saul thinks the Russians are the real source of spreading fake news reports. He reveals to David Wellington that Simone Martin is working for the Russians and is going to testify that Wellington was involved in the suspected murder of Jamie McClendon.

Behind the Scenes


Fiction books
Carrie's Run
Saul's Game
Season 1
Pilot Grace Clean Skin Semper I Blind Spot
The Good Soldier The Weekend Achilles Heel Crossfire Representative Brody
The Vest Marine One
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
Season 7
Enemy of the State Rebel Rebel Standoff Like Bad at Things Active Measures
Species Jump Andante Lies, Amplifiers, F**king Twitter Useful Idiot Clarity
All In Paean to the People
Season 8
Deception Indicated Catch and Release False Friends Chalk One Up Chalk Two Down
Two Minutes F**ker Shot Me Threnody(s) In Full Flight Designated Driver
The English Teacher Prisoners of War

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