Fans were exceptionally furious when the writers of ‘Homeland’ killed Quinn (Rupert Friend) on the show.
Who can forget the aftermath of Quinn’s death on ‘Homeland’? Even Brody’s death did not meet with such a reaction. #NotOurHomeland, an online group went as far as to launch a website and run a campaign against the decision of writers. Let’s take a look back at what happened to Quinn and what happened after he was killed.
- Peter Quinn became a fan favourite on ‘Homeland’
- The outrage after Quinn’s death in Homeland
How Peter Quinn became a fan favourite on ‘Homeland’
“The Hollywood Reporter”, in January 2020, reported that the show’s creators and producers described how the battle over Peter Quinn’s body had similarities with the killing of Brody. As viewers recall, Quinn almost departed after being gassed in season 5. But, around that time, the writers asked Friend to write a letter to Carrie in Quinn’s character. And the letter moved everyone so much that they decided to keep Quinn alive, Gansa revealed to “The New York Times” in 2018.
According to the show’s producers at Fox 21, Quinn had become a favourite of fans — especially women. (They liked Quinn “more than Brody”, one told THR.) ‘Homeland’s’ writers also came to love Quinn. Lesli Linka Glatter, who directed 25 episodes of the show, counted himself among Quinn’s biggest fans.
Rupert told “The Hollywood Reporter“,
“Lesli once told me he’s kind of a perfect man”.
To this statement, Rupert replied to Lesli that Quinn kills people for money. Such was his popularity that even after Quinn’s rough season 6, some viewers didn’t want to let him go.
The outrage after Quinn’s death
The “not our Homeland” gang took out a full-page Hollywood Reporter ad in 2017. Recalling that, we could sense the amount of disappointment over Quinn’s death. The ad also beefed about Carrie’s character development and other choices by the show’s writers. Irrespective of other writers who would have laughed it off, Alex Gansa responded thoughtfully. He was accused of depicting Quinn’s struggles with PTSD in a tasteless way.
To which he compassionately responded by writing in “The Hollywood Reporter”,
“I mourn the loss of Peter Quinn as much as anybody and that the character was created not to denigrate but to honour the men and women who devote their lives to keeping America safe”.
“In my eyes [Quinn] died a hero.” According to the showrunner, he saved the life of the president and the show’s main character when he died. As per the fans, it’s hard to argue Quinn didn’t go out in style. All we can say is that a brilliant show like ‘Homeland’ failed to please everyone.