SPOILER ALERT: This interview contains spoilers for Season 6 of ‘Homeland’
During our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above), Rupert Friend reveals he was unaware that Season 6 of “Homeland” would be his last, explaining that “knowledge is a very drip-fed thing in the world of ‘Homeland.’ I think it’s not dissimilar to real intelligence services where there’s a sort of need-to-know basis on a lot of classified information.” The actor joined the Showtime espionage thriller in Season 2 as Peter Quinn, a CIA operative and assassin who develops romantic feelings for counter-terrorism officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes).
Season 5 ended with Quinn suffering a massive stroke which severely debilitated his physical and mental abilities. “We had this very interesting and challenging opportunity to tell the true story of a modern veteran coming home from war,” Friend divulges, “which has become a very complicated idea in modern times.” He adds, “With all of the clandestine operations that happen in today’s world, there are wars being fought all the time on battlegrounds that we don’t even hear about, and yet those soldiers, those who served, are still coming home to the same problems that their great-great grandfathers did.”
For Friend, Quinn’s demise while saving the life of Mathison and President-elect Elizabeth Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) feels appropriate. “He’s always felt a pull to darkness,” Friend states. Yet at the same time, he is “fundamentally a decent human being. So the idea that he would finally come to rest in a darkness of his own making, and in so doing, save lives — save a President to be, save a woman for whom he had feelings — is apt.”
Friend reaped an Emmy nomination in the Best Drama Guest Actor category for “Homeland” in 2013. Given his expanded screen time and character arch, he will submit as Best Drama Actor this season. Will he make it in? Check out our full interview above for more about his work on “Homeland.”
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