Homeland finale twist was "bittersweet", says star

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If you want to avoid spoilers for Homeland's season 6 finale – which doesn't air in the UK until Sunday – TURN BACK!

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Homeland star Rupert Friend has opened up about the show's season 6 finale, which saw his character Peter Quinn mortally wounded after being shot several times.

Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Rupert admitted: "It was bittersweet. I never want to overstay my welcome for any character.

"I would rather people are excited by the ideas a character generates in them rather than feeling bored and wishing he would just go away."

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Rupert's character heroically got Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and President-elect Elizabeth Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) to safety from armed soldiers while attempting to get away from people trying to assassinate Keane.

"The storyteller in me thought it was the right time for him to go bearing in mind he had been through so much, and for him to just continue to defy death and suffer felt cruel and unrealistic and sadistic, actually," Rupert continued.

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Explaining how close he got to his character after playing him for five years, Rupert said he "was happy for him".

He added: "There's almost so much suffering you can go through on their behalf before you're just kind of, 'Can we euthanise this guy?'"

Rupert also told Deadline: "I never envisioned a happily ever after," adding that he would have liked to have seen Quinn's memorial.

"I'd like to know how those people who got to know him sent him off in a private way, presumably, in I hope a truthful way. That would be an interesting thing to have experienced," he said.

Homeland airs its sixth season finale in the UK at 9pm on Channel 4 on Sunday, April 16. It airs on Showtime in the US.

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