Warning: the following story contains major spoilers about Sunday’s Season 6 finale of “Homeland.” Read at your own risk!
After five years playing CIA operative Peter Quinn on Showtime’s “Homeland,” Rupert Friend has made his last appearance on the show. Quinn was killed in the “Homeland” season finale when he was driving Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and President-Elect Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) through gunfire to try to get them to safety. “He saved our lives. What was his name?” asked a shocked Keane after Quinn drove them out of the firefight and then succumbed to his bullet wounds. You can watch the entire scene above in Showtime’s emotional tribute video that serves as a fitting farewell to Quinn’s five-year journey.
The character of Quinn was an instant fan favorite when he popped up in the second season of “Homeland” back in 2012. At the end of the fifth season, Quinn was left for dead after being exposed to sarin gas. Quinn suffered a stroke, and in Season 6 the actor had to deal with a speech impediment and PTSD from the horrific events.
Quinn’s increased role this year prompted Showtime to campaign Friend as Best Drama Actor at the Emmys, as opposed to the supporting race where he’s been submitted in years prior. “His performance has been more and more memorable with each passing episode,” says a network insider about Friend’s Emmy promotion.
“Homeland” has been a major awards player since premiering in 2011, winning eight Emmys out of 33 bids including Best Drama Series in 2012. Danes prevailed as Best Drama Actress in 2012 and 2013, while the show’s former Best Drama Actor contender Damian Lewis also won in 2012.
At the “Homeland” Emmy FYC event last week, Rupert Friend spoke to Gold Derby’s Zach Laws about all of the physical and emotional changes his character Quinn endured throughout Season 6. “To me, I’m really not surprised that he wasn’t that excited about life,” he said with a smile. “But we were very, very keen to not shy away from the truth of what that might be like for young men and women returning from the service today.”
Watch our entire red carpet interview with Friend below, in which he also dishes Quinn’s badass spy skills. “It takes, as we see in Season 6, a tragedy that he kind of causes for him to realize that he can fall back on his instincts and they’re still there, for better or worse. And that even despite any kind of physical impairment, he can still kick the s*** out of anybody else.”
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