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Carrie Mathison is being scapegoated by the CIA, but also, undeniably, she is going crazy. She’s manic, irrational, paranoid, but she has something to be paranoid about: a government agency hell-bent on keeping her from opening her mouth. Her latest manic episode is another blossoming of Carrie’s gift, another moment when she sees a conspiracy laid out before her—a conspiracy to discredit her—that no one else in a position to help does. This is what makes this episode so painful to watch: Carrie’s clear enough to see what is happening to her but not clear enough to stop it from happening. She’s sentient but powerless. She can thrash around, but the needle is still going in her arm.

ntuyz:

Alex Gansa talked about the fraying of the Carrie-Saul bond

Saul really turns on Carrie. He really turns on her in a way he knows will damage her greatly. And is it basically, in his mind, it’s the [CIA] or Carrie — “I have to pick the agency because it’s the greater good?”
You know, the short answer to that is yes, but it’s a lot more complicated than that. And it has to do with a number of things that are happening in Saul’s life. I think the most important one is that a man who is comfortable on the sidelines criticizing, second-guessing, now finds himself in a position where he’s the one who’s making that decision. He’s the acting director of the CIA.
He’s in the big chair. And he very well may be the last director of the CIA. That is, the institution to which he has given his life is now on the ropes. And he has to make some decisions now about whether the existential threat to the agency is worth sacrificing his protégé. It gets to the point where he doesn’t really have a choice. And not only that, but Carrie is a loose cannon rolling around on deck, a little bit. I think it’s extremely painful to him, but it’s a way of taking the pressure off. You know, it’s a way of ensuring that the agency continues, even for the next month or two, in the face of this onslaught.

ntuyz:

Alex Gansa talked about the fraying of the Carrie-Saul bond

Saul really turns on Carrie. He really turns on her in a way he knows will damage her greatly. And is it basically, in his mind, it’s the [CIA] or Carrie — “I have to pick the agency because it’s the greater good?”

You know, the short answer to that is yes, but it’s a lot more complicated than that. And it has to do with a number of things that are happening in Saul’s life. I think the most important one is that a man who is comfortable on the sidelines criticizing, second-guessing, now finds himself in a position where he’s the one who’s making that decision. He’s the acting director of the CIA.

He’s in the big chair. And he very well may be the last director of the CIA. That is, the institution to which he has given his life is now on the ropes. And he has to make some decisions now about whether the existential threat to the agency is worth sacrificing his protégé. It gets to the point where he doesn’t really have a choice. And not only that, but Carrie is a loose cannon rolling around on deck, a little bit. I think it’s extremely painful to him, but it’s a way of taking the pressure off. You know, it’s a way of ensuring that the agency continues, even for the next month or two, in the face of this onslaught.