What Nicholas has been through would be a nightmare for any sane person. He lived in a hole, cut off from everything that he knows, for eight years. Whether he remains loyal to his country and profession, or whether he is turned, one can hardly blame him. The horrors he still faces through haunting memories are unimaginable. But now, not only is he away from Iraq, but he's home. He has to readjust to family. He appears to be doing so in front of the cameras, but a tense and somewhat angry bedroom scene with Jessica shows very clearly that he does not have it all together. There are any number of reasons this could be, but, thankfully, Homeland doesn't reveal why quite yet.
Equally jarring is Jessica's experience. True, she lives much more comfortably these eight years. There was likely a period of deep grief, but she came out the other end intact. Now she has to reopen old wounds. She is glad to see him, but she has moved on. She tries to backtrack, putting herself back in the mindset of his wife. Not only that, but she has just as little chance of understanding what Nicholas goes through as the viewers. Less, because she doesn't get to see the flashbacks. It's a complicated situation under the best of circumstances, and with Carrie sure to make their lives even more difficult, these are not the best of circumstances.
Homeland is extremely gripping, and is off to an incredible start! It feels like an action show, but with little action. You won't want to miss it, airing Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.