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Long Time Coming 

Carrie and Saul investigate what she saw in Islamabad.


Gideon Raff (based on the original Israeli series "Prisoners of War" by), Alex Gansa (developed for American television by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Carrie Mathison
Rupert Friend ... Peter Quinn
Laila Robins ... Martha Boyd (credit only)
Tracy Letts ... Andrew Lockhart
Mandy Patinkin ... Saul Berenson
Victoria Clark ... Ellen Mathison
Amy Hargreaves ... Maggie Mathison
Sarita Choudhury ... Mira Berenson
Nimrat Kaur ... Tasneem Qureshi
John Getz ... Joe Crocker
Mike McColl ... Rob
F. Murray Abraham ... Dar Adal
Joseph Mydell ... Billy
Callan McAuliffe ... Tim
Scot Cooper ... Dale


After Carrie is able to convince Quinn not to detonate the bomb that would have killed Haqqani, she knowing that there is no way Quinn would have made it out of the situation alive, she loses track of him and currently has no idea of his whereabouts. Now back in the States, Carrie wants to put the recent events of Pakistan behind her, instead focusing on reestablishing her mother-daughter relationship with Franny while helping Maggie prepare for their father's funeral. Two people show up unexpectedly for the funeral, both who want to establish or reestablish as the case may be a personal relationship with Carrie. Although reluctant to begin either of those two relationships on initial thought, Carrie decides at least to talk to the two individuals in question to gather more information on the situation. One discussion may provide greater insight on what she should do with the other. Meanwhile, Carrie has informed only Saul of seeing Dar Adal in the back of Haqqani's vehicle in ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

21 December 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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Dedicated to James Rebhorn. See more »


Carrie's mother's wagon bears Missouri license plates. Missouri plates are 6 characters, not 7. Also, Missouri plates on a vehicle usually start with two letters. The plates are also missing Missouri tags, etc. It appears the plates were printed on a laser printer and glued to real plates (no screw holes visible at all). See more »


Dar Adal: What's that line? We are the no men of no man's land. Come back. Lead us. The agency is waiting for you with open arms.
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A Courageous, Character-Driven Finale
22 December 2014 | by RyanCShowersSee all my reviews

"Marine One", "The Choice", and "The Star" tore up the viewer's hearts and minds with its emphasis on the emotions and more importantly the massive moments of action. "Long Time Coming" is being maligned by those with their hearts set on the big "BAM" moment that never came last night. I was expecting something to happen, but what we got instead is a perfectly good replacement for the blockbuster moment. After a run of episodes where the suspense drove the episode's arc, the writers toned it back so far to exclude all the action that most of the season relied upon.

Instead, the writers proved and reaffirmed the soul of "Homeland" is about—Carrie—and spent an hour probing her. "Long Time Coming" reminded the fans that none of the terrorist plots matter if we do not care about the person driving them. Carrie's development centers around two areas: 1) being a mother to Frannie and how she sees her own reflection in her estranged mother 2) how the men in her life are changing in what they mean to her (her father's dying, her disappointment in Saul, and the possibility of a future of with Quinn). It's an excellent piece of writing from a character viewpoint, and a courageous path to take for the finale.

While I was absorbing the finale, I realized the strength and weakness of season four. "Homeland" was able to have these, at times, amazing episodes that are adroit in their own time and space, but the cogency across the season does not come off with clarity. "Kreig Nicht Lieb" and "Long Time Coming" were both terrific hours of television, yet the do not unite evenly like pieces of a puzzle. That's where the season is weakest, besides utterly misfiring with some early episodes. Those two big mistakes are not enough to abate this great season of television. Though season one and two are better, the tonal identity the show, at this very moment, is the best it has ever been. Once it found its groove this year, "Homeland" season four rammed its audience like an angry bull.

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