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If it's a lesson to be learned from Charlie's overcrowded most successful time, that is to say: If you say lies, do it close to the most possible truth.
Until this moment, Charlie's spycraft came with training wheels. Even when she worked alone, she was under the protection of Israeli agents such as Becker and Rachel, who could take part whenever any danger arose. Now, Charlie is in a training camp in the Lebanon – and under Fatmeh's vigilant eye, who supposedly knew his own brother well enough to find out any differences in Charlie's fictional report about their love. So when Fatmeh takes care of Charlie for the last time, when she saw Salim, Charlie is pretty wise to click on her real memory about Salim naked and drogata on a bed. "Honestly … he was vulnerable and he could hardly move," she tells Fatmeh, a very precise statement that Fatmeh interprets as a timid euphemism for post-boyfriend happiness.
Given her battleships improvisable abilities, it is not a surprise that Charlie quickly settles herself down as one of the extraordinary recruits at the training. In fast fire mounting, we see her firing guns, machine guns and rockets moved; build bombs; and competes in a clearly inevitable wrestling match against a man, who is a road, bigger than her. As he incorporates her again and again, it is clear that the exercise is not about hitting him. It's about refusing to stay down.
But because of all the challenges Charlie faces in the real training, her biggest threat comes from a companion. Late at night, a frightful companion recruits slips into her room for a "conversation" that carries the implied threat of sexual assault. The man finally reveals his real name – in a strict violation of the rules of the camp – like Arthur Halloran, and asks Charlie to help him send a message to the US embassy, which could help him out of Lebanon.
Charlie – who during the course The Little Drummer Girl He's learned to be paranoid – he suspects that this anxious encounter with Halloran could be another attempt. And in some way, it is. When their conflict goes open, Captain Tayeh, who is in charge of the camp, commands Charlie and Halloran to testify. And when Charlie openly reveals all the private information Halloran shared with her, he flees. Charlie follows, and in a dramatic screen of loyalty, she whistles her gun at him. When she fails, a close guard shoots a Halloween dead.
Following the event with Halloran, Fatmeh accepts that Charlie is an unusually valuable recruit to Khalil's cause: she has a "nice white face" and a pure Western passport that opens all doors that would be closed to a Palestinian indigenous. But what is more striking is how Charlie's easy to play in his role: completing such a difficult training, engaging with the residents, and welding through a march that turns deadly when the Israeli aircraft fly and bomb five teams (against the terrible opposition of Kurtz, who pleads for more time to let Charlie behave the more "surgical" strike against Khalil that he has played in the premiere).
And here, The Little Drummer Girl makes a fascinating pivot. Since the first episode, we were at Charlie's head. Now – immediately after a bombing that could be enough to make her switches for reality – the show closes the hearing. When Charlie returns from Lebanon last month, playing a thin bowl and glasses, she leaves no message for Kurtz and his team. The closest we consider her mind is a random comment that it's "like [she’s] I've never been here [her] live. "
But while Charlie was away, Kurtz and his team were narrative Helga, Anton and Rossino trying to determine Khalil's next goal. All the signs indicate an Israeli professor named Irene Minkel, who plans to talk about the contemporary political climate between Israel and Palestine. The Israeli team looks, because Charlie exchanges the profession calculator for identical, but when they open the case, Charlie left behind, they discover that there is no bomb in it. Meanwhile, Kurtz – acting on Becker's suggestion – lets Charlie leave the area without typing it.
And as the plot opens its climax, Kurtz discusses the situation with a British intelligent officer named Picton (played by Game of ThronesCharles Dancas, a surprised and pleasing skeleton to me). The recent appearance of Picton in this complex plot is a reminder that Kurtz – for every obvious pattern – works in the much larger ecosystem of the intelligence community. Unlike Paul Alexis, Picton sees Kurtz's pseudonym constantly, and swings to Kurtz's intelligent scheme as a variation in something that Britons have invented. On the other hand, Kurtz asks Picton to allow the bombing plot to unfold without any intervention, and promises that the British government can have the full credit if Khalil's attack will be successful.
But Picton's introduction is not just an initial point; it's thematic. It is Piktoo, who explains exactly why this story is called The Little Drummer Girl in the first place. It is in the middle of a story about a brutal interrogation Picton conducted with an Israeli child, who was taking boots to British soldiers. Recognizing the youth of his subject, Picton assumed he would be the weakest bond. But despite her best efforts, the child was never broken, and Picton finally realized that he would only be stronger in his solution. "God, if I've ever done a bit of a drummer boy here," Picton remembers. "Ready to hit his gong in the next battle they will find for him."
The point is simple: When you deal with some kind of person, any attempt to break his spirit will only force them into new ends. And the people who refuse to break, do not matter how difficult they are beaten, often turn to the people who will continue to inspire legions to follow their example. As well as Kurtz, who survived the concentration camp horrors, won the fidelity of his hairdressing team. Also as Khalil manages to transform all kinds of people to the Palestinian cause.
And it's a memorable question, because Charlie enters the final phase of her mission – now, for the first time, largely insurmountable to us – as she finally comes face with Khalil, who has actually appeared in England so he can meet with her. With just one episode left, we finally learned what this incomprehensible hard experience did to Charlie, and what she was planning to do about it.
• Here's a question for mults: Did Charlie fail to shoot Halloran for purpose? She has crossed many moral lines since she started working for Kurtz, but refusing to kill a person seems to be a standard she is still planning to keep.
• One of the details I liked: Only a few days after Salim's death, Fatmeh already looks at Salim-shirts. Yes, Kurtz and his team took one of Khalil's main players, but they also created a martyr.
• When you have a person who is exploring a dialog such as "Taking a bloody chain through me without even informing a weather," you must call Charles Dance.
• Deir Yassin's massacre of 1948, which Picton refers to his "little drummer" speech, is one of the defining moments of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Many of the details are in dispute today – so that there are easily crazy arguments arguing that the historical event has already been exaggerated or unjustly overlooked – but here is a relatively simple report about what happened to New York City Times.
• Most of this episode Chan-wook-Moment: Berera, a surreal (and frankly kind of disgrace) a dream that sees him drop his gun and shake hands with his enemy … who is rapidly rising in flames, leaving Becker holding a smoothed hand.