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By Nate Millado

For seven seasons, Homeland has kept us on the edge of our seats with labyrinthine twists and turns, globetrotting action, and stellar acting led by Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison and Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson.

Test your knowledge of SHOWTIME's hit terrorism drama as it heads into its eighth and final season.

Season 8 of Homeland premieres Sunday, Feb. 9, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Catch up on Seasons 1-7 on SHOWTIME ANYTIME.

1. GUESS WHAT?: Carrie suffers from what mental illness?

Claire Danes sitting on a pile of photographs.

Photo Credit: Stephan Rabold/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Bipolar Disorder.

2. GUESS WHAT?: Carrie's unauthorized dealings with an imprisoned bomb maker led to a diplomatic incident. Estes (David Harewood) relegated her to the penalty box, which refers to what exactly?

David Harewood in TV series Homeland.

Photo Credit: Kent Smith/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Desk job at Langley, VA.

3. GUESS WHAT?: Carrie was an Arabic languages student at which Ivy League university when Saul recruited her?

Claire Danes wearing a head shawl

Photo Credit: Kent Smith/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Princeton University.

4. GUESS WHAT?: Brody (Damian Lewis) takes his family on a trip to what historic Pennsylvania town—where he retrieves an explosive vest? 

Morgan Saylor and Jackson Pace of TV series Homeland.

Photo Credit: Kent Smith/SHOWTIME.

Morgan Saylor as Dana Brody and Jackson Pace as Chris Brody in Homeland.

ANSWER: Gettysburg.

5. GUESS WHAT?: What master plan do Saul and Carrie concoct in Season 3 to lure Javadi out? 

Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin in a hospital.

Photo Credit: Kent Smith/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Have Carrie committed to entice enemy agents looking for a vulnerable CIA asset to exploit.

6. GUESS WHAT?: Why does Brody want to assassinate the vice president at the end of Season 1?

Damian Lewis standing outside home flying the American flag.

Photo Credit: Kent Smith/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: VP Walden was behind the drone attack that killed Abu Nazir's son in Syria .

7. FILL IN THE BLANK: During their weekend in the countryside, Brody became suspicious of Carrie when she revealed her knowledge of his favorite tea, _________.

Damian Lewis and Claire Danes kissing.

Photo Credit: Kent Smith/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Yorkshire Gold.

8. FILL IN THE BLANK: VP Walden (Jamey Sheridan) is killed when his __________ is remotely hacked. 

Damian Lewis and Jamey Sheridan on the set of Homeland.

Photo Credit: Kent Smith/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Pacemaker … yes, really.

9. FILL IN THE BLANK: When Brody was found guilty of treason against Iran, he was sentenced to death by ________.  

Damian Lewis being led to his death in Iran on TV show Homeland.

Photo Credit: Didier Baverel/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Public hanging.

10. FILL IN THE BLANK: In a nod to Season 4, when Carrie worked as a CIA station chief in this country, the final season of Homeland will take place in ________.  

Claire Danes in a sea of Muslim women in portrait for Homeland.

Photo Credit: Jim Fiscus/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Afghanistan.

11. TRUE OR FALSE: Brody ran for (and won) a seat in Congress.  

Damian Lewis in military uniform.

Photo Credit: Kent Smith/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: True.

12. TRUE OR FALSE: An impassioned call from Brody's son, Chris (Jackson Pace), convinced him not to go through with his bomb vest plot.

Jackson Pace and Damian Lewis playing cards.

Photo Credit: Kent Smith/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: False—it was Brody's daughter, Dana.

13. TRUE OR FALSE: Presumed dead, Tom Walker (Chris Chalk) was actually alive—and working for terrorist mastermind Abu Nazir.

Chris Chalk in military uniform.

Photo Credit: Kent Smith/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: True.

14. BY THE NUMBERS: The number of years Brody was held captive as a POW

Damian Lewis as a POW for TV show Homeland.

Photo Credit: Kent Smith/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: 8

15. BY THE NUMBERS: The number of months Carrie spends in a Russian prison at the end of Season 7 

Claire Danes in a black jacket.

Photo Credit: Kata Vermes/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: 7

16. BY THE NUMBERS: The age at which Quinn (Rupert Friend) was recruited to the CIA

Rupert Friend behind a telescope in the woods.

Photo Credit: Kent Smith/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: 16

17. BY THE NUMBERS: The date of the tragic terrorist attack at CIA headquarters

Stunt bombing for TV show Homeland.

Photo Credit: Stephan Rabold/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: 12/12/12

18. GUESS WHO?: Socially awkward surveillance expert, Virgil’s brother 

Maury Sterling in TV show Homeland.

Photo Credit: Antony Platt/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Max Piotrowski

19. GUESS WHO?: First female president of the United States 

\u200bElizabeth Marvel as POTUS in Homeland.

Photo Credit: Antony Platt/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Elizabeth Keane

20. GUESS WHO?:  Black ops director, Saul's old friend, Quinn's handler 

F. Murray Abraham in TV show Homeland.

Photo Credit: Antony Platt/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Dar Adal

21. GUESS WHO?:  Carrie and Brody's love child 

Claire Danes and child actor from TV show Homeland.

Photo Credit: JoJo Whilden/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Frances "Frannie" Mathison

22. GUESS WHO?:  Muslim CIA analyst 

Nazanin Boniadi as Muslim CIA agent in TV show Homeland.

Photo Credit: David Bloomer/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Fara Sherazi

23. GUESS WHO?:  Season 5  double agent

Miranda Otto as double agent in TV show Homeland.

Photo Credit: Stephan Rabold/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Allison Carr

24. WHO SAID IT?: "An American prisoner of war has been turned."

Claire Danes in a head scarf in the Middle East.

Photo Credit: Kent Smith/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Hasan to Carrie

25. WHO SAID IT?: "Are you sure you’re not a monster?"

Damian Lewis and Claire Danes embracing.

Photo Credit: David Bloomer/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Carrie to Brody

26. WHO SAID IT?: "Get the f— out of my White House!"  

Elizabeth Marvel and Beau Bridges in the oval office on the set of Homeland.

Photo Credit: Antony Platt/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Vice President Warner

27. WHO SAID IT?: "I’m the guy who kills bad guys."

Rupert Friend lying on cobblestone street with a gun

Photo Credit: Stephan Rabold/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Quinn

28. WHO SAID IT?: "You’re the smartest and the dumbest f—person I’ve ever known."

Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin on the set of Homeland.

Photo Credit: Stephan Rabold/SHOWTIME.

ANSWER: Saul to Carrie

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2020.

Season 8 of Homeland premieres Sunday, Feb. 9, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. Catch up on Seasons 1-7 on SHOWTIME ANYTIME.

Photography by Matt Hoyle.

A look back at some of the best Criminal Minds cast photographs

As the longtime hit procedural drama series Criminal Minds gets ready to say farewell and wraps up its final 15th season, the creative team at Watch! investigates their favorite photos of television's badass FBI profilers.

Scroll to see more amazing portraits of Criminal Minds cast members!

Watch all-new episodes of Criminal Minds on Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Dr. Spencer Reid knows how to relax

\u200bMatthew Gray Gubler of Criminal Minds lounging in armchair at the a bar.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

See a totally different side of the beloved BAU squad—like Matthew Gray Gubler, who has played quirky brainiac Dr. Spencer Reid since season 1—showing us his best model behavior for this smoldering shot.

Christopher Ross, the magazine's Director of Photography, jokes that: "This was one of the last shots captured and I think MGG was going to kill me if we didn't wrap soon!"

He adds that the Criminal Minds star certainly earned this moment and it's one of his favorite outtakes from a memorable shoot. "He never once complained about being outside in the freezing cold on a mountain in Park City all day, not exactly dressed for the weather either. Here he finally got to warm up with a Moscow Mule."


Looking good, Luke Alvez!

Adam Rodriguez sitting in the passenger seat of a hot rod.

Photography by Michael Parmelee.

"Date night anyone? I love a good prop car to go along with our incredibly talented actors like Adam Rodriguez!" — Alice Ross, Deputy Photo Editor

Dr. Tara Lewis sending out the smoke signals

Aisha Tyler standing on train platform.

Photography by Robert Trachtenberg.

"We were aiming for a nostalgic and visually thrilling film noir environment. Aisha Tyler played the part with a confident brilliance—all in a small, 4-foot-wide space filled with smoke. This was such a moody and sexy image that really set the tone for the shoot." — Ed Mann, Creative Director

Jennifer "JJ" Jareau mesmerizes in Monaco

A.J. Cook lounging on her side, a marina in the backdrop.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

"A.J. Cook's cerulean blue dress perfectly complements the French Riviera! She was such a good sport for letting us pull her away from the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in Monaco to get a few quick portraits." — Alice Ross, Deputy Photo Editor

Matthew Simmons is right on track

Daniel Henney leaning out the back of a vintage train car.

Photography by Robert Trachtenberg.

"This year, I finally had the opportunity to work with Daniel Henney ... such a cool dude. Robert Trachtenberg photographed and the two of them made some serious magic together. The location was the Travel Town Museum in Griffith Park, but visually it felt like the Roaring 20s by way of steam! A timeless shoot for us." — Christopher Ross, Director of Photography

No perp is safe from pretty Emily Prentiss

Emily Prentiss in a leather trench coat.

Photography by Matt Hoyle.

"Such a fun shoot! We hired photographer Matt Hoyle for a very cinematic look. Paget Brewster totally got into her espionage character and every setup was like a movie still. I think this one might need a sequel ..." — Christopher Ross, Director of Photography

David Rossi has got the look

Joe Mantegna sitting in front of a vintage train locomotive.

Photography by Robert Trachtenberg.

"This was the second time I had the honor to work with Joe Mantegna. The first time was on a golf course some years ago. But like a pro, Joe went the extra mile, and scaled the front of this vintage engine. He pulled together a glance that commands wisdom, sophistication, and drive." — Ed Mann, Creative Director

Cool and chic Penelope Garcia

Kirsten Vangsness in black trench coat.

Photography by Robert Trachtenberg.

"Kirsten Vangsness owned this moment on the edge of this vintage train car. Her poise is on point, so perfectly composed. You would never know that the photographer was hanging from the opposite car with light and smoke being streamed in her direction." — Ed Mann, Creative Director

Dr. Spencer Reid, aka James Bond, is a smooth criminal

Matthew Gray Gubler in a black tux in the snow in front of helicopter.

Photography by Christopher Ross.

"No Photoshop here. The pilot signaled to see if we were ready to shoot and we signaled back. He fired up the propellers and just before the snow went EVERYWHERE and we almost got knocked over, I snapped this shot." — Christopher Ross, Director of Photography

These BAU beauties set the scene

Paget Brewster, Kirsten Vangsness, and A.J. Cook having martinis at a hotel bar.

Photography by Matt Hoyle.

The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner in McLean, Virginia was the perfect luxury backdrop for this shoot. The ladies' elegance fit right in! — Alice Ross, Deputy Photo Editor

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Getting To Know The Cast Of Criminal Minds

Watch all-new episodes of Criminal Minds on Wednesdays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: Picard.

Photo Credit: Matt Kennedy/CBS.


Let the countdown begin: After 17 years, Jean-Luc Picard (Sir Patrick Stewart) returns with Star Trek: Picard, ready to lead a new generation into Federation space. Here, a behind-the-scenes look at all you need to know before this ship takes off.

By Gina McIntyre

STAR TREK: PICARD IS NEITHER A SEQUEL NOR A REBOOT.

Patrick Stewart made his debut as the captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise with the 1987 premiere of Star Trek: Next Generation, a role he would play on the small screen for seven seasons and in four spinoff movies, the last of which, Star Trek: Nemesis, was released in 2002. When the actor agreed to return to the character, both Stewart and showrunner Michael Chabon decided to pick up the story after Picard's last appearance.

"It's definitely not a direct sequel," says Chabon, who is perhaps best known as the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of such novels as The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and Wonder Boys. "It is a continuation. In several instances, it incorporates the history of the characters, then uses that history to carry the story forward. We learn along the way what happened in the interval between Nemesis and our show."

Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: Picard. Photo Credit: Trae Patton/CBS..

REGARDLESS, NO PREVIOUS TREK KNOWLEDGE IS REQUIRED.

"You don't need to have seen any of the preceding material to be able to enjoy and understand the show," promises Chabon. "That was definitely one of the stated goals—to make the show accessible to someone who is stepping into this world for the first time."

STEWART HELPED SHAPE THE SERIES.

As they were developing storylines, Chabon and the other members of the show's writing staff often met with their star, who also serves as executive producer, to solicit his input. Says the showrunner: "He gave us notes and thoughts, and in some cases had strong, clear reactions—'I love the way this is going, please do more of that,' or 'I'm not crazy about the way that sounds. Could you find a way to take a different approach?' He was quite engaged." No pun intended.

Sir Patrick Stewart opening pair of French-door windows. Photo Credit: Matt Kennedy/CBS.

WHEN THE SHOW OPENS, PICARD's STARFLEET DAYS ARE BEHIND HIM.

He's now living a tranquil life on his family's vineyard in the Franche-Comté region of France with a trusty canine named (naturally) Number One. When Picard encounters a mysterious woman named Dahj (Isa Briones) seeking help, it sets him on a course for the stars.

Sir Patrick Stewart sitting in with a dog and  glass of wine. Photo Credit: Matt Kennedy/CBS.

STAR TREK: PICARD INTRODUCES A NEW ENSEMBLE OF PLAYERS.

"We were looking to create a cast of supporting characters that would have richness and depth, characters who seemed like they would be interesting foils or partners for Jean-Luc Picard," says Chabon. In addition to Briones' Dahj, those include Alison Pill as researcher Dr. Agnes Jurati; Santiago Cabrera as ex-Starfleet officer Cristobal Rios; Harry Treadaway as a Romulan named Narek; Evan Evagora as 17-year-old Romulan Elnor; and Michelle Hurd as Raffi Musiker, a woman from Picard's past.

Actors Evan Evagora, Alison Pill, and Sir Patrick Stewart. Evan Evagora as Elnor, Alison Pill as Dr. Jurati, and Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard.Photo Credit: Trae Patton/CBS.

THE SHOW BRINGS BACK FAMILIAR FACES.

Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, and Marina Sirtis reprise their respective Next Generation roles of Data, William Riker, and Deanna Troi. Next Gen alumnus Jonathan Del Arco returns as Borg drone Third of Five/Hugh, while Star Trek: Voyager star Jeri Ryan appears as her fan-favorite character, Seven of Nine.

Jeri Ryan in Star Trek: Picard. Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine.Photo Credit: James Dimmock/CBS.

DIE-HARD FANS SHOULD KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR EASTER EGGS.

"There definitely are all kinds of indirect references, overt references, and more," says Chabon, whose passion for all things Trek dates to his childhood. "We're telling a story about a new time and a new place with new characters, but we did try, whenever possible, to allow our love of and knowledge of the earlier series and the films to inform the choices we made."

Sir Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes. Sir Patrick Stewart as Picard and Jonathan Frakes as Riker.Photo Credit: Trae Patton/CBS.

STEWART COMMANDS THE SET, AS WELL AS THE BRIDGE.

"He's such a magnificent actor," says Chabon of his star. "To hear a line that could have been a throwaway transformed through his incredible gifts as an actor is a never-ending thrill."

JEAN-LUC PICARD IS THE IDEAL HERO FOR OUR TIMES.

"He has an absolute principled commitment to the ethos of the United Federation of Planets, which is one of tolerance, science, inquiry, understanding, acceptance, and courage," Chabon explains. "Something we see exhibited in the course of Star Trek: Picard is Picard's willingness to take another look at his beliefs or his actions and consider them, and if he makes a mistake to try to rectify it—if he was wrong, to acknowledge that he was wrong. That, in itself, is a kind of strength that we see all too little of in our leaders today."

Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard. Sir Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard of Star Trek: Discovery.Photo Credit: James Dimmock/CBS.

Star Trek: Picard premieres Thursday, Jan. 23, exclusively on CBS All Access.


BOLDY GOING ON ...

The Star Trek universe is alive and well in CBS All Access' stellar franchise offerings.

Star Trek: Discovery: The first scripted Trek series to premiere on the streaming service in 2017 follows the crew of the U.S.S. Discovery as they encounter new worlds. Its second season concluded with a massive cliffhanger that saw the ship's heroes—played by a cast that includes Sonequa Martin-Green, Anthony Rapp, Ethan Peck, Mary Wiseman, and Michelle Yeoh—disappearing through a wormhole. In season 3 in 2020, the setting will be almost 1,000 years in the future.

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Star Trek: Short Treks: This anthology series of shorts started as a spinoff of Discovery but has grown to include both live-action and animated. The new season even features an appearance by some troublesome Tribbles. Streams on CBS All Access.

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Star Trek: Lower Decks: Debuting later this year, the 10-episode animated series is developed by Rick and Morty head writer Mike McMahan and centers on four ensigns serving on a ship called the U.S.S. Cerritos. Jack Quaid voices the show's protagonist, straight-laced Voyager veteran Jeri Ryan returns as Seven of Nine.

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Section 31: Still in development is this Discovery spinoff/sequel, which follows Michelle Yeoh's Philippa Georgiou during her time as an agent of a clandestine Federation intelligence service.

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Originally published in Watch! Magazine, January-February 2020.

Star Trek: Picard premieres Thursday, Jan. 23, exclusively on CBS All Access.

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