OK, back to your initial Fara comment, before I forget. I think what we might have here is Saul's new Carrie, despite their head(scarf)-butting. He has a new, intelligent, volatile protegee, and if/when Carrie comes back to the CIA, the jealousy might just drive her crazier. Meaning more Emmy-fodder but also more of a season that already seems bent on dragging poor Carrie through hell.
Tierney: As I mentioned, Saul's head scarf jab really rubbed me the wrong way, but I can see the way he mentored Carrie in his other tough-love tactics he's using with Fara. He also told Fara that she should keep her mission "between us," just like he and Carrie's Nick Brody operation was off the books. Considering the political fallout he is facing over that, you'd think he would learn his lesson about secrecy – even in the CIA. I don't know if I would call Fara volatile. If anything, she seems a little green, a little sensitive, but she has kept a cool head. She's Carrie's replacement but also her foil, and not just in personality. Physically Fara is diminutive, dark skinned and traditionally dressed, where Carrie is this brash, all-American blonde.
Carrie's breakdown is painful to watch. There's things I know she's right about, but when she says them it still sounds like the crazy talking. And now there's Peter's newfound loyalty. Has he always held her in this esteem or is it a result of him killing the child?
Danielle: You are absolutely right when you say that Carrie sounds crazy, even when she's telling the truth, and bravo to Claire Danes for that.
But I'm not sure it's Peter so much suddenly holding Carrie in greater esteem as that he now holds the CIA and his work in lower esteem, now that he has killed a child in the line of duty. Maybe the operation humanized him a bit, meaning that he does things like talk back to Saul and threaten bankers. Perhaps aside from this being the season of coping with terrible things, like you said, this is also the season of going rogue (Peter, Dana, Carrie).
For sure, the episode left everyone in a pretty awful place. I personally can't wait to see if the next episode digs a deeper hole or shows a bit of mercy.