David Estes
David Estes 2
Status: Deceased
Age: 44 (at death)
Date of death: December 12, 2012
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Affiliation: Central Intelligence Agency
Profession: Director of the Counterterrorism Center, CIA
Marital status: Separated or divorced
Children: Kenneth Estes
Felicia Estes
Played by: David Harewood
Seasons: 1, 2
First episode: "Pilot"
Last episode: "The Choice"

David Arthur Estes (1968– December 12, 2012) was Carrie Mathison's boss at the Counterterrorism Center of the Central Intelligence Agency, until he was killed in a terrorist attack at CIA headquarters.


David Estes

David Estes at work.

David Estes was the ambitious Deputy Director of the Counterterrorism Center of the CIA. When Carrie caused a diplomatic incident by sneaking into an Iraqi prison to speak to Hasan Ibrahim, he pulled her out of the field and sat her behind a desk at Langley. He took some personal credit for the rescue of Sgt. Nicholas Brody, which scored him brownie points with the current President of the United States. Thus he was frustrated when Carrie attempted to link Brody to Abu Nazir.

Personal life and relationships

Estes hinted that some of his anger toward Carrie was caused by a relationship they had that ended up in his wife leaving him to live in Palm Beach, Florida. Because of that he then saw his children only twice a year.

A devout careerist, his personality was strictly professional and bitter. He showed virtually zero compassion and had virtually no life outside of work.


Estes owed his success to former Vice President William Walden.

The two were close colleagues when Walden, then Director of the CIA, endorsed an American drones strike of a madrasa in Syria which killed 82 innocent children. His unwavering loyalty got him promoted to be Deputy Director, an a Walden presidency would have most likely made him Director.

Leaving behind a relatively short tenure, his main achievement was overseeing the death of Abu Nazir (despite having little involvement in the strike).


On December 12, 2012, mere days after the death of both Walden and Nazir, a funeral service was held at CIA headquarters for the Vice President (who was a former Director). David Estes was delivering the eulogy when a massive explosion rocked the building, killing him and 218 others.

The event would become known as the Langley Bombing, 12/12, and the Second 9/11. An al-Qaeda cell planted explosives in Congressman Nicholas Brody's SUV. It was done to frame Brody as payback for his betrayal. Nazir's death was thus highly strategic, as it allowed the CIA to let its guard down

Amidst the wreckage, Saul Berenson became sworn in as acting Director of the agency.


Season 1
Pilot Grace Clean Skin Semper I Blind Spot
The Good Soldier The Weekend Achilles Heel Crossfire Representative Brody
The Vest Marine One
Season 2
The Smile Beirut is Back State of Independence New Car Smell Q&A
A Gettysburg Address The Clearing I'll Fly Away Two Hats Broken Hearts
In Memoriam The Choice

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