“Homeland” wrapped up its fourth season with an episode that easily outstripped the quality of its disappointing first half or so. But by bringing Carrie back home this week for a quiet, character-focused finale, the show couldn’t quiet reach the tense, knife-edge highs it set this season.
Another solid episode this week solidifies the upward trend in quality. And, I think, highlights how spoiled we are with 100 percent serialized shows like “Breaking Bad” or “Mad Men” (and on and on) boasting near-perfectly toned, highly intricate season-long stories that bely how difficult it is to sculpt a satisfying narrative over the course of a dozen, hour-long episodes.
Two weeks ago, “Homeland” gave us its craziest episode this season, and this week, we got by far this season’s best episode. I don’t think that’s a coincidence. It’s kind of like the show finally sneezed and out of relief was able to relax into a tight, tense hour of very enjoyable television.