Since its premiere in 2011, Homeland has always had an uncanny knack for reflecting the real dangers surrounding the United States intelligence community and its relationships with other nations around the world. Before the final season premieres on SHOWTIME® on Sunday, Feb. 9 at 9/8c ET/PT, we wanted to take a look back at the most seminal episodes from its first seven seasons.

We had a little help compiling our list when we got a chance to ask executive producer and frequent episode director Lesli Linka Glatter and series star Claire Danes what they think are the most important episodes of the show. Both of their top picks were “Q&A,” which is generally regarded as one of the show’s best. But there were plenty of other good ones in addition to their pick. Did your favorites make the list?

 

This article contains spoilers for the first seven seasons of Homeland

 

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