Homeland (2011–2020)
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The Drone Queen 

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As station chief in Kabul, Carrie makes a critical decision when her counterpart in Islamabad delivers urgent intelligence. Back in the States, Saul struggles to adjust to his new role in the private sector.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Carrie Mathison
Rupert Friend ... Peter Quinn
Nazanin Boniadi ... Fara Sherazi (credit only)
Laila Robins ... Martha Boyd
Tracy Letts ... Andrew Lockhart
Mandy Patinkin ... Saul Berenson
Suraj Sharma ... Aayan Ibrahim
Amy Hargreaves ... Maggie Mathison
Sarita Choudhury ... Mira Berenson
Alex Lanipekun ... Hank Wonham
Patrick St. Esprit ... Aaron
Akshay Kumar ... Rahim
Shavani Cameron Shavani Cameron ... Kiran (as Shavani Seth)
Corey Stoll ... Sandy Bachman
Bradley James ... J.G. Edgars




As CIA section chief in Kabul, Carrie ignores warnings about major collateral damage to sanction a drone strike on a hard-to-find Taliban leader, resulting in mass killings at a wedding in his family in Pakistan, which she calls their own risk. Orphaned moderate med student Aayan Ibrahim, the target's cousin, recorded the attack on video, which his relative Rahim posted on Internet behinds Ayyan's back. CIA informer-handler Sandy Bachman's identity becomes public and he's lynched by a mob, Quinn shoots two assailants during a disastrous attempt with Carrie to extract Sandy. CIA director Andrew Lockhart recalls both during the scandal investigation and orders Carrie to stay in the US, but Quinn gives her a tip to question archive-buried collaborator Hank Wonham. Written by KGF Vissers

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Did You Know?


The title refers to the icing of the cake Carrie receives from her colleagues on her birthday. Its a reference to the computer strategy game "StarCraft" where the leader of the race Zerg is called "Carrie" and is usually referred to as "Queen of Blades", also the very basic unit of the Zerg is called a drone. See more »


Ayyan, his family and the rest of people in Waziristan are shown speaking Urdu. In reality,the language the people of Waziristan speak is Hindi. See more »


Carrie Mathison: [to Quinn] I wanted to bring you. Why didn't you come?
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Referenced in Homeland: Andante (2018) See more »


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A Solid Return
7 October 2014 | by hugh_17See all my reviews

I wasn't sure what to expect from the continuation of Homeland, after series 3 seemed to drive the story away from the original themes of the show. Series three was ambitious and perhaps not as well executed as the excellent first and second series', However the conclusion of series did leave room for Homeland to perhaps move in a different direction and this certainly seems to be the case in the first episode.

We see new locations,fresh characters and are brought up to speed with how the main characters lives have progressed since the dramatic ending of season 3. By the end of the episode the themes and story-lines introduced suggest a return to form for one of TV's best series'.

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English | Urdu

Release Date:

5 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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