Is Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) alive or dead on Homeland? The Season 6 premiere will air on Sunday. And Episode 1, titled "Fair Game," will answer fans' questions about the fate of Carrie's (Claire Danes) love interest.
Homeland fans were devastated when Quinn seemingly died in the Season 5 finale. After being tortured by jihadists, he suffered a brain hemorrhage in the hospital. The doctors said there was little hope for survival, and Carrie appeared to unplug the machines and smother him.
Before seemingly letting Quinn die, Carrie read a heartbreaking letter he had written in case his mission went south. In the letter, Quinn revealed his love for Carrie.
"I don’t believe in fate, or destiny, or horoscopes, but I can’t say I’m surprised things turned out this way," the letter said in part. "I always thought there was something kind of pulling me back to darkness. But I wasn’t allowed a real life. Or a real love. That was for normal people. With you I thought maybe just maybe. But I know now that was a false glimmer."
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW
But since the finale aired, Homeland producers have confirmed that Quinn will still be alive in Season 6. In fact, TVLine reported in May that Friend will still be a series regular.
And Carrie's decision to try to let Quinn die in the hospital will have major ramifications for their relationship. "Quinn really put his life in her hands at the end of last season, and we will see what decision she made, but that’s going to have repercussions moving forward for her and for that idea of Quinn, as well," showrunner Alex Gansa told EW.com.
Watch a scene from Homeland Season 6, Episode 1, "Fair Game."
Gansa also hinted earlier this month that Carrie might not have even smothered Quinn in the hospital. "I was surprised watching the response that people assumed she was going to go through with it," he said. "Our intention in the filmmaking was to leave it ambiguous."
Carrie will continue to remain close to Quinn after his near-death experience. Danes revealed at Paleyfest in October that her character will head to New York City in Season 6 because that is where Quinn is receiving his treatment at a veterans' hospital. Season 6 will take place primarily in NYC during the two-month span between POTUS Elizabeth Keane's (Elizabeth Marvel) election and inauguration.
Still, things may not ever be the same between Carrie and Quinn. Gansa said in August that Quinn will be "very changed and altered" in Homeland Season 6.
Watch a trailer for Homeland Season 6.
"I think Quinn, this coming season, will really represent a profound and familiar casualty of the war on terror for our audience," he continued. "What he endured last year is different from what he'll go through this year. This year will be fused with his daily relationship with Claire [Danes'] character."
That last sentence got fans hopeful that Quinn and Carrie could continue a romantic relationship in Homeland Season 6. But Quinn will be dealing with demons of his own that could make love difficult.
"Peter has been to hell and come back, and not necessarily come back in one piece," Friend said before the Homeland premiere. "He’s not really even sure if his life is one that’s worth living." Friend added that his character would be "basically unrecognizable" in Season 6.
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