Carrie & Quinn May Still Be Apart On 'Homeland'

It's safe to say that Showtime's Homeland is about a lot of very serious things: terrorism, government surveillance, tensions in the Middle East, bipolar disorder, and the list goes on. But in addition to all of those topics is the small matter of when the heck Carrie and Quinn will get together already. The long-simmering tensions between the steadfast colleagues finally boiled over in the Season 4 finale, and they shared a long overdue kiss. However, Carrie — who was still grieving her father's sudden passing — rebuffed Quinn's advances. Spurned, he embarked on a dangerous black ops mission... and that's where things ended, frustrating 'shippers the world over. So will Carrie and Quinn hook up in Homeland Season 5, finally and officially?

Unfortunately, I've got some very bad news for you guys. When the new season picks up two years after the events of the Season 4 finale, not only will Carrie be living in a new city (Berlin) and no longer working for the CIA (instead working as a private security analyst), but she'll also be shacked up with a man. A man that's NOT QUINN. This is a travesty of international proportions. This man is named Jonas, and he's played by German actor Alexander Fehling, who you may have seen in Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds.

But before you start writing angry letters to Showtime, consider what this means. Carrie is now obviously in a good enough place in her life to open herself up to a romantic relationship... which means that as soon as Quinn returns from his mission and re-enters her life, she'll finally be ready to jump into his open arms, right? Carrie and Quinn are far too perfect for each other to continue ignoring the obvious tension there. Right??

Well, I've got more bad news for you. (Don't shoot the messenger!) In the recent Fall TV Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly, Rupert Friend (who plays Quinn) went on record saying that he wasn't optimistic for his character's chances with Claire Danes' Carrie. "He was resolute in closing that chapter of his life and taking solace in the thing that he takes solace in when he doesn't understand anything else — which is his work," he said, putting a dagger through all our fragile 'shipper hearts. "[Carrie and Quinn] are very close and so similar. They are real iconoclasts and outliers. There are a lot of different kinds of romance, but I don't think theirs would ever translate into a lasting, monogamous, happy relationship." Say it ain't so, Rupert!

But hey — he did admit that romance comes in a lot of different shapes and sizes. So while Season 5 might not see Carrie and Quinn quickly fall into traditional, boring coupledom (and who would want that anyway?), that doesn't necessarily rule out a steamy makeout sesh or two. Or seven. Amiright??


Put on your "Quarrie" shipping goggles and get ready for the Homeland Season 5 premiere on Showtime this Sunday at 9 p.m.

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