Homeland (2011– )
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The Drone Queen 

Carrie makes a crucial decision after learning pressing intelligence; Saul struggles to adjust to his new role in the private sector.


Alex Gansa (developed for American television by), Howard Gordon (developed for American television by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Carrie Mathison
Rupert Friend ... Peter Quinn
Nazanin Boniadi ... Fara Sherazi (credit only)
Laila Robins ... Martha Boyd
Tracy Letts ... Andrew Lockhart
Mandy Patinkin ... Saul Berenson
Suraj Sharma ... Aayan Ibrahim
Amy Hargreaves ... Maggie Mathison
Sarita Choudhury ... Mira Berenson
Alex Lanipekun ... Hank Wonham
Patrick St. Esprit ... Aaron
Akshay Kumar ... Rahim
Shavani Cameron Shavani Cameron ... Kiran (as Shavani Seth)
Corey Stoll ... Sandy Bachman
Bradley James ... J.G. Edgars


As CIA section chief in Kabul, Carrie ignores warnings about major collateral damage to sanction a drone strike on a hard-to-find Taliban leader, resulting in mass killings at a wedding in his family in Pakistan, which she calls their own risk. Orphaned moderate med student Aayan Ibrahim, the target's cousin, recorded the attack on video, which his relative Rahim posted on Internet behinds Ayyan's back. CIA informer-handler Sandy Bachman's identity becomes public and he's lynched by a mob, Quinn shoots two assailants during a disastrous attempt with Carrie to extract Sandy. CIA director Andrew Lockhart recalls both during the scandal investigation and orders Carrie to stay in the US, but Quinn gives her a tip to question archive-buried collaborator Hank Wonham. Written by KGF Vissers

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English | Urdu

Release Date:

5 October 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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Did You Know?


The title of this episode refers to the icing of the cake Carrie receives from her colleagues on her birthday. Its a reference to the computer strategy game "StarCraft" where the leader of the race Zerg is called "Carrie" and is usually referred to as "Queen of Blades", also the very basic unit of the Zerg is called a drone. See more »


In the long shot where Sandy first exits out onto the street having been blown, you can see the tip of Lion's Head over the buildings to the right. Lion's Head is in Cape Town, where this season was shot. See more »


Carrie Mathison: [to Quinn] I wanted to bring you. Why didn't you come?
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Homeland Theme
Written by Sean Callery
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7 October 2014 | by cliffmacdevSee all my reviews

I really hope the govt doesn't employ people like Carrie? This is great acting. She is completely insane! In all of the previous series she has been insane and continues the trait in this episode. She's on mood stabilizers,drinks alcohol,has little remorse or compassion for her deeds and takes scandalous risks. I really hope more thought goes into her decisions than is proffered by the writers. Her eyes are such a barometer of her insanity, that it belies her position as chief and who would employ her. She reeks of selfishness and subjectivity. I really hope it's just a show and excellent acting, otherwise if her personality is truly on display, then woe betides anyone in her sphere! Anyway great first show!

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