Homeland: Can Saul & Co. Really Trust Javadi?
Shaun Toub. Claire Danes | Photo Credits: Showtime
The important pieces of Saul's plan finally seem to be in place on Homeland. But will the risky gambit actually work?
With Brody (Damian Lewis) now in Iran and in the custody of recently turned CIA asset Majid Javadi (Shaun Toub), the pair must now move into Tehran to attempt to assassinate Javadi's boss and therefore make it possible for Javadi to move into power. According to Showtime, on Sunday's episode (9/8c), the mission is compromised when a ghost from Brody's past causes his commitment to the mission to falter. Complicating matters further, the always unpredictable Carrie (Claire Danes) comes to Tehran to help set up an extraction plan for Brody.
But the real question still remains: Can Saul (Mandy Patinkin) rely on his old friend Javadi to honor his word and help Brody pull off this mission? TVGuide.com chatted with Toub about playing this season's villain, why Javadi needs to control Carrie and whether Javadi can really be trusted. Plus: His thoughts on the "incredible" Season 3 finale.
How much did the writers tell you about Javadi's overall journey from the beginning?
Shaun Toub: They were very detailed, and actually I was very excited to hear what they have planned. Of course, things have changed. So, where Javadi really is at the end of the season is not quite what they had in mind. It's always evolving.
What did they tell you about what makes Javadi tick?
Toub: It was basically general information about how he's the big fish for the season. They gave me the background story of how he and Saul used to be friends and then what he did to the agents, where he was supposed to deliver them to Saul, and he shot them. And they told me about Saul getting his ex-wife out of the country. It was a really sad evolution.
When Saul and Javadi were friends, did Javadi have a more cutthroat side even then? Or has that come later in his life?
Toub: I wanted Javadi to be a multidimensional character. I wanted to make him as bad as he was, but I wanted people to see the human side of him. He and Saul were actually very much alike. They were young guys that had a dream of what the future would be like, and this is not how they saw it. I think the revolution, as it truly did for a lot of people...took the innocence away. Javadi lost his innocence, and I think that takes part of your soul away.
If he's lost his innocence, do you think he sees his role in Saul's plan as any kind of redemption?
Toub: Yes and no. Deep down I think there's a part of him that still feels that he got into this business to make things better. But now life has hardened him, and his back is against the wall. But it's always a chess game for him, He's always thinking of his next move. He doesn't immediately jump to a conclusion. He has nowhere to go. They know where his money is. So, the best scenario was to give in. Would it make things better in the world? Maybe he thinks that, but at the same time he's trying to survive this.
Does Javadi feel that, by falling into Saul and Carrie's trap, he might be off his game?
Toub: Absolutely. I think he was upset and hurt that he allowed himself to be in a position like that, but as you see he looks at Carrie and he says, "Bravo, Miss Mathison." He's acknowledging that it was pretty slick move. He was upset, but it's very contained. You don't see him going off and getting crazy. He's just calculating what his next move is. This isn't the first time that he's gotten into a jam. I mean, this is a big jam, but he's up for the challenge.