Even in a flawed season, Homeland’s main strength was unfaltering. Earlier this year both Claire Danes and Damian Lewis took home Emmy trophies, as they rightly should have, and even though Mandy Patinkin didn’t receive a nomination, we’re all in agreement that he deserved one. Faced with the immeasurable odds of head-scratching material like Abu Nazir’s foray into horror movie villainy, farcical road trips, and Chris, the core trio still delivered outstanding performances that lead to perfect character moments like the one Saul and Carrie share in the final scene of the season. Another acting Emmy sweep would be more than justified.