Homeland (2011–2020)
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13 Hours in Islamabad 

The security breach at the Embassy has far reaching consequences.


Daniel Attias (as Dan Attias)


Gideon Raff (based on the original Israeli series "Prisoners of War" by), Alex Gansa (developed for American television by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Carrie Mathison
Rupert Friend ... Peter Quinn
Nazanin Boniadi ... Fara Sherazi
Laila Robins ... Martha Boyd
Tracy Letts ... Andrew Lockhart
Mandy Patinkin ... Saul Berenson
Numan Acar ... Haissam Haqqani
Mark Moses ... Dennis Boyd
Nimrat Kaur ... Tasneem Qureishi
Raza Jaffrey ... Aasar Khan
Maury Sterling ... Max Piotrowski
Michael O'Keefe ... John Redmond
Nick Boraine ... Alan Hensleigh
Meren Reddy ... Parvez
Tamer Burjaq ... Farhad Ghazi


The marines being recalled too late, Haqqani's Taliban commando force succeeds in taking over the US embassy, taking most staff hostage and threatening to kill them one by one unless the key staff, who took refuge in the 'vault', hands him the vital contacts list. Director Andrew Lockhart panics after seeing an execution and obeys, Haqqani escapes. The White House decides to break off diplomatic relations, transfer the CIA operations to Kabul, evacuate all staff and suspend Carrie. Only Peter Quinn slips out hunt Haqqani down without Pakistani permission, Lockhart 'informally' grants Carrie five days to get Peter back either way. Written by KGF Vissers

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Dennis tells his wife that his action will help smooth over things with the State Department and it might save her career. However, ambassadors are political appointees of the president and their service is at the pleasure of the president. Ambassadors are not State Department foreign service officers and therefore do not have "careers" in the same sense as professional foreign service officers. See more »


Peter Quinn: Hey, you're the one who got me here. You're the one who said all this was important. Well, guess what? It is now.
Carrie Mathison: You will die trying, or worse, and I won't allow it.
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one of the best episode in the history of Television
7 December 2014 | by dip001See all my reviews

Yup....it is.This episode is right there with all the biggies such as Ozymandius(Breaking bad) or rains of castemere(Game of thrones) or gateway(Dexter) or through the looking glass(Lost)...."13 hours to islamabad " is that good. Make no mistake....the entire season 4 is great and I thought nothing could top season one finale "Marine one" or last episode "There's something else going on" but I was so wrong. The episode started with a bang and ended with a tormenting cliffhanger that will haunt us for one more week.This episode was brutal,shocking,tensed,gritty,emotional,edge of the seat experience....I have felt such tension very few times while watching a TV series. The best thing about Homeland is it throws us right into this realistic,hyper tensed war zones and then pull back us and show us the after math.....this requires skill and This 42 min Embassy hostage drama in the most dangerous,hostile country in the world proved how much talented the entire Homeland team is! Who says only Carrie Mathison(Claire danes) can carry Homeland?We got superlative performance from everyone but this episode belongs to Rupert Friend....he was underused for so long time but he shined in this episode;I heard he will star in next Hit-man movie....well,he deserved it.. The direction,the music,the action....every bit was top notch.I would be surprised if this episode along with Director Daniel Attias didn't get golden globe/Emmy awards for this mind-blowing episode.

This is not just the beast season of homeland but it is one of the best TV seasons ever made....just watch this epic episode!

My rating 10/10.

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Release Date:

7 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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