At the end of “Homeland” season 5, we saw what appeared to be the end for the Peter Quinn character … with the main operating term here being “appeared.” As we know from all things TV these days, there’s always a really great chance that we could see things change and the show could somehow find a way to bring him back.
Now that we’ve said all of this, let’s raise another interesting question: What if Rupert Friend’s character somehow both returns, and then gets a solo show of his own? That’s something that we figured would be a great topic in the latest edition of our Spin-Off Goals article series.
Why Quinn? – Well, it starts with the sole notion that this guy spends a lot of time away from everyone in the first place. He does missions, he’s extremely experienced in the field, and if you’re looking to make a show into one of the most gritty, true-to-present-day action / political series, something starring Friend will do the trick and then some. He’s a fantastic, compelling actor, and we know that he would be a compelling hero that people would want to watch.
The idea – Have a series that is all about telling Quinn’s story, his past, and the sort of skills that have made him excellent at going undercover for many months / years at a time. It’s a show that we haven’t seen to this magnitude, and seeing what he does to survive would be insanely fascinating. So many other shows like to tell glossed-over stories that is a fraction of what “Homeland” and their producers could do in giving this character a full twelve episodes to shine.
Could it happen? – It’s really unlikely, especially since you consider that Quinn isn’t even for-sure alive right now. We think that it is more interesting from a producer point of view to bring Quinn back, but then try to shift him into a more advisory role where he has to use a very different skill set. To us, there’s something interesting about watching people evolve past being a physical force and having to use some of their skills in a more behind-the-scenes capacity.
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