Showtime is well known for airing hit televisions shows, of which political drama, Homeland, is currently one of the most popular gracing our screens. The dark and suspenseful programme has followed the activities of Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer, whom has been vigilant of the potential terrorist threats that have breached the US. In a unique and creative means of celebration in anticipation for series four, Ladbrokes Poker have turned some of the show’s most well-known characters into familiar Royal playing cards.
As Mathison is the main protagonist of the series, it won’t come as too much of a shock to see the CIA heroine taking up the role of Queen in this special deck. This deeply troubled and intense operative is an individual who will stop at nothing to crack a case, a personality trait that seems fitting for the Royal card she’s been dealt. The Queen in a deck of playing cards is a seen as a ‘secret weapon’ to many players, and an incredibly useful ‘ally’ to have when showing your hand, something that perfectly summarises how Mathison is viewed in the show.
In fitting fashion to how in and out of each other’s lives Mathison and Nicholas Brody are within the first three series of Homeland, it makes sense to see Broody portrayed as the King of the Ladbrokes playing cards. In the show, although struggling with his time as a war prisoner, Broody is shown as a dedicated and loyal protagonist, two traits which seem fitting for any King, be it in a deck of cards or reality.
Alongside the King and Queen there is, of course, the Jack. Traditionally being one of the lowest face cards within a deck, and for its history as a trickster symbol, it is Peter Quinn who is assigned this role. Peter is a very mysterious character within the show, and often one that has had the audience and fellow characters, trying to guess where his loyalties lie.
Lastly, there is our ‘ace in the hole’, which for this set of cards is the CIA. Throughout the series the CIA has been the organisation that has had America’s best interests and safety at heart, much like an Ace card has your back during an intense Poker game. Having followed the series throughout its journey, we couldn’t imagine any other ‘character’ assuming the role of Ace.
The hype surrounding the latest series of Homeland is almost tangible, and these playing cards from Ladbrokes help reaffirm that popularity. In this short overview, we’ve only looked at four of the cards, if you wish to see the rest you can visit the Ladbrokes website.