***Spoilers Warning: Spoilers for Homeland through Season 7, Episode 6, follow. Spoilers***
This seventh season of Showtime’s Homeland has been a bit of a mixed bag, with a certain someone missing …
… but Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin are still delivering so utterly brilliantly, it’s impossible to walk away from the series. And with its history of surprising, twisty turns, even if there’s a slow build-up or a season’s direction doesn’t immediately pique interest, there’s always a good chance Gansa and Co. will flip a table at some point.
Last night’s “Species Jump” was that point, and the reveal was so shocking (and well-done); heck, even Carrie had to face that she’d been duped.
Let’s just give it up for Patinkin and Danes again, because their performances this hour were nothing short of Emmy-worthy — Danes, so much so that it is only her quivering lip that can properly convey my trauma at the horrifying scene that is basically straight out of my nightmares.
When Saul’s old-school Russian contact, Krupin (Mark Ivanir, last seen on Season 5), tries to threaten another operative, Yevgeny Gromov (Costa Ronin), over his methods, it isn’t long before Krupin realizes he’s underestimated the new guard — though Gromov surprises with his biblical (“I looked it up. Proverbs 26:27”) — response.
It is Saul that we first see discovering something of Krupin’s fate, which, as far as I’m concerned, is one of the worst ways a person could go.
Saul knows his contact is in trouble, but Teddy Be(a)renson is spared the gruesome details. We, however, are not so lucky. We’re transported to the boat where Gromov and his goons are prepping Krupin — who’s so impossibly bound, there’s no question he won’t be able to escape.
Gromov taunts the older agent and, with a wave, motions for his men to finish the job, and …
Karma is indeed a bitch.
I can’t stop feeling haunted by that whole sequence, imagining the terror of being completely bound and sealed inside a body bag, then tossed, helpless, into the water to drown. Even just looking at these gifs causes me to involuntarily gulp breaths. The only small comfort anyone can take is that, surely, Gromov’s own words will come back to bite him.
As for “Species Jump” writers Anya Leta and Ron Nyswaner, director Michael Offer, and all Homeland‘s excellent actors: kudos to everyone for this smart, well-executed episode that once again pulled viewers all in. I can’t wait to see where the rest of the season goes.