I had the exact opposite reaction to the scene outside Dante's apartment. Saul said "I told her to stay away," meaning he had done all he could to keep her safe, and then he gave the o.k. for the guys to go in and apprehend Dante. He was willing to risk Carrie (and Franny) being harmed in the process. That's not hardcore?
I will say that this week, Saul caving in and letting Carrie run the show, as others have pointed out, is a bit sigh-inducing. I'll also add that over the course of the show's history, Saul has been portrayed as really incompetent an alarming number of times. I lo