Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa
||2011 - 2015
ABOUT THE SERIES
Carrie Mathison is an agent with the CIA.
Prior to going to work for the Agency, Mathison had been an Arabic language student at Princeton and it was there that she was approached and eventually recruited by a hardened agent named Saul Berenson. Upon graduation, she took the job with the CIA and began to earn a good reputation for her keen intellect and insight-fullness.
While she was attending university, she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She hid this situation from the Agency and manages to maintain a balance, sometime precariously, by quietly taking clozapine which she gets with the help of her older sister, Maggie.
As the series opens, Mathison is in her early 30's, making her career thus far having been probably just shy of a decade. The dates, according to the Homeland wiki, would indicate a speedy college transition as she was born in 1979 (in Maryland) and graduated from Princeton with a BA in Arabic Languages and Literature in 1979, having already earned a Bachelor's degree in Near East Studies and Linguistics from Northwestern and studying Arabic and Farsi in the American University of Beirut. However she accomplished all that, it clearly shows a very sharp mind and a determined attitude.
Working against that impressive brain, of course, is her bipolar problems which she medicates to maintain balance, sometimes having to add Lithium to the mix. She also, over the course of her time with the CIA, has had trouble with alcoholism, likely brought on as she fought the main problem.
Causing her some additional trouble is a rumored affair she had early in her time with the CIA with her boss, David Estes, which might have brought about his divorce. Certainly the current relationship is interesting at times.
Mathison is a dedicated intelligence officer who is willing to step outside the lines to get the job done, risking her career and even her life to get to the truth.
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Homeland: Carrie's Run
Written by Andrew Kaplan
A prequel to the first season of the television show, this adventure details Carrie Mathison's narrow escape from an ambush and how ti leads her to know that a terrorist plot is in the works. Unfortunately, no one else believes her.
Homeland: Saul's Game
Written by Andrew Kaplan
Another prequel to the television series, this story recounts the hunt for a traitor inside the Intelligence community who is helping notorious terror mastermind Abu Nazir evade capture. Saul Berenson has a plan that can draw him or her out but it means putting Carrie Mathison front and center as bait.
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|Claire Danes||Carrie Mathison [ 1-5 ]|
|Mandy Patinkin||Saul Berenson [ 1-5 ]|
|Damian Lewis||Sgt. Nicholas Brody [ 1-4 ]|
|Morena Baccarin||Jessica Brody [ 1-4 ]|
According to an excellent article in Wikipedia, the premise for Homeland came from an Israeli series Hatufim which translates to Prisoners of War.
Fox 21 Television Studios produced the show but it got its airing not on Fox's broadcast channel but on the premium pay-channel Showtime.
It has won several highly-sought prized including an Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series and one each for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress for Claire Danes and Damian Lewis.
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Written by Matt Hurwitz
An in-depth look at the show's first three seasons including behind-the-scenes photos and information about the characters.
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