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    What’s keeping Claire Danes hooked to this political thriller?
    In its ongoing season, the hit TV series Homeland has taken a two-year jump, and a lot has changed in that time. The political drama has moved to Berlin. Its protagonist Carrie Mathison, played by Emmy-award winning actress Claire Danes, has quit the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and is working for a private security firm instead. On the personal front, she’s found love in a handsome lawyer. Danes tells us more about the Season 5 of Homeland:

    What is the primary theme of Homeland this time?
    It’s atonement. At this point, we’ve all been through the history of Carrie and other characters together and seen the carnage that they’ve all collected. They’re a little corrupt. They’ve done valiant work but we also know what the cost is.

    Are Carrie and Quinn (her former lover) meant for each other?
    The intimacy that Quinn and Carrie share is very strong. They have the experience of being isolated in a way that most people can’t imagine. So, ironically, they find kinship in each other for that reason. But I think they’re way too similar to ever really be together.

    What keeps you passionate about playing Carrie even now?
    She is the same that she’s ever been, but her conflicts and her aspirations have been explored more thoroughly. Her relationship with her bipolar disorder continues to evolve and this season we see her re-engage with it. She’s been healthy for some time but she forgets that her sanity is tenuous and needs constant nurturing. Also, in the last season, she discovered that she was capable of taking a shot at a real relationship (we see her in one for the first time), and that renders her vulnerable in a way.

    What else can viewers expect?
    It’s never boring in Homeland-land. I always marvel at just how dense each episode is and how reckless the writers are. They have no fear of running out of imagination. So, there are a lot of thrills, and there are recurring tropes, but they’re contextualised differently.
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