SPOILER ALERT if you haven’t watched the season finale of Homeland, but shit finally got real. This season was as slow as molasses throughout, and while I get they were going for a slow burn, it was a bit too slow, if you ask me. In any case, they did finally throw a twist in at the end: Brody, after “redeeming himself” by killing someone high up in the Iranian government, is captured and hanged in a public execution as Carrie watched. Ouch! But also, hell yeah. That kinda needed to happen.
Damian Lewis isn’t holding any grudges about his character’s death – after all, Brody had nowhere else to go. The character had reached his end. In fact, I can’t even imagine where the show at large is going, but rumours are that Claire Danes is only back for a few episodes, herself, so who knows what’s going to happen.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
Always knowing you had a shelf life on the show, did you spend much time thinking about when it might come?
It was always intonated to me very strongly that my life expectancy was short. I came in knowing that I would be there for two seasons and not knowing anything beyond that. TV writing turns out to be quite a spontaneous discipline. These guys had to really be on their toes and change things up a little. I don’t think they knew quite how Brody was played. He was a hard character to write, and I don’t think they always knew how he would come off in the story. It just turned out that the Brody-Carrie story went gangbusters and people fell in love with it. It was a surprise, and we enjoyed it, but there was always this sense that Brody was a very unbalancing character. He’s a divisive character.
Which is why we’re seeing very different reactions to his death.
For some, he was one of the main reasons to tune in to the show, but for other people, he was the reason the show couldn’t grow. He was in some way limiting to the show. In the end, Alex stuck to his guns. They gave Brody an extra season because the audience loved him, but they weren’t going to go so far to find a way to write Brody into the show that will compromise the show just so we can write for this character. I feel happy with the way it played out, to have three seasons with a show I didn’t expect to be on for this long.
Fair enough. Seriously, there was nothing else Brody could have done. He’d been through so much and they couldn’t keep using him as some tool in bigger master plans to take over other governments. There was no way he could ever come back to the US and just settle down with Carrie and their kid or anything. The only solution was for him to die, and even Brody himself was okay with that.
What did you think of the Homeland finale? What do you want to see happen next season?
December 19, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
The new season of Homeland is going to be premiering at the end of September, but Showtime keeps teasing us with all these sneak peeks and it’s driving me crazy. In the latest one, we see Carrie and Brody – who were separated at the end of last season after that crazy ass explosion when she left him at the Canadian border – come face to face again. Are they back together? How and where will Brody hide? What’s going to happen? I MUST KNOW RIGHT NOW.
This show is too good. Sure, it’s not 100% “realistic”, but does that even matter? I have to deal with reality 24 hours a day – can’t I have one hour a week where there’s a bit of a suspended reality that’s also really, really great to watch? Bring on the new season.
August 23, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
If you haven’t watched Homeland before, you still have about six weeks to catch up on the first two seasons before the third one starts, so I recommend you get on that. Claire Danes in what is arguably the best role of her entire career? Check. Mandy Patinkin being fucking awesome? Check. British people with American accents? Check. Annoying teenagers who overact? Check. Drama that’s totally not how things would play out in real life but is still completely addicting and almost but not quite believable? Check. Are you picking up what I’m putting down? You gotta watch it!
The third season of Homeland starts on September 29, and we should be picking up where we left off (spoiler-ish alert): Carrie’s back at the CIA with Saul, Brody’s on the run, his family doesn’t know what the hell to think, etc. While the trailer shows a series of clips all out of sync and doesn’t give too much detail, it’s just enough to get excited about. AHHHH!
What are your theories for the upcoming season? What did you think of the way things ended last time? I’m still devastated about the whole Carrie/Brody fallout.
August 10, 2013 at 4:30 pm by Jennifer
Time once again for television, film’s ugly little sister, to get its dues! Here are the nominees for the millionth Emmy Awards. Or, at least the interesting noms. The rest can be found at USA Today. Who do YOU think is going to win? Who are you SURE is going to lose?
LEAD ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Hugh Bonneville, Downton Abbey, PBS
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad, AMC (my guess for winner)
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom, HBO
Jon Hamm, Mad Men, AMC
Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards, Netflix
LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Connie Britton, Nashville, ABC
Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime (hope she wins so she doesn’t have to do interior decorating)
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey, PBS
Vera Farmiga, Bates Motel, A&E
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men, AMC (winner, maybe?)
Kerry Washington, Scandal, ABC (winner, more certain)
Robin Wright, House of Cards, Netflix
The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Louie, FX (maybe?)
Modern Family, ABC
30 Rock, NBC (definitely)
LEAD ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: (I don’t know and I don’t care)
Jason Bateman, Arrested Development, Netflix
Louis C.K., Louie, FX
Don Cheadle, House of Lies, Showtime
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes, Showtime
Jim Parsons, Big Bang Theory, CBS
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock, NBC
LEAD ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES:
Lena Dunham, Girls, HBO
Laura Dern, Enlightened, HBO (hope it’s her)
Tiny Fey, 30 Rock, NBC (will be her)
Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, NBC
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie, Showtime
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES: (I don’t care)
Adam Driver, Girls, HBO
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family, ABC
Ed O’Neill, Modern Family, ABC
Ty Burrell, Modern Family, ABC
Bill Hader, Saturday Night Live, NBC
Tony Hale, Veep, HBO
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES: (I don’t care)
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory, CBS
Jane Lynch, Glee, Fox
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family, ABC
Julie Bowen, Modern Family, ABC
Merritt Wever, Nurse Jackie, Showtime
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock, NBC
Anna Chlumsky, Veep, HBO
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Bobby Cannavale, Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Jonathan Banks, Breaking Bad, AMC (my guess for winner)
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad, AMC
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey, PBS
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones, HBO
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland, Showtime
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES:
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad, AMC (my guess for winner)
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS
Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones, HBO
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife, CBS
Morena Baccarin, Homeland, Showtime
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men, AMC
July 19, 2013 at 4:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Everyone knows that Claire Danes and Damian Lewis as Carrie and Brody on Homeland are absolutely f-cking brilliant. And they’re also just f-cking a lot – well, were, until all hell broke loose and that car bomb went off and whatnot. They’re the worst possible couple in the world, but that’s sort of why they’re so great to watch. No love quite like tragic love – in TV and film, of course. In real life, that shit needs to go.
Anyway, that’s all coming to a close for good, I guess, as Buzzkill Damian accepted the Freedom of the City of London on Tuesday and told the crowd that Brody and Carrie are no more (via DigitalSpy):
Lewis commented that the pair’s unlikely romance is not “a story that has got legs”, arguing: “They’d be in the divorce courts very quickly.”
Uh, that story was pretty much THE legs of the entire series thus far. Obviously it was ill-fated and couldn’t go on forever, but come on, bro. In other news, I LOVE HOMELAND. What the hell is going to happen in season three? How long will Brody stay in Canada? How long will Carrie stay on her meds? SO MANY QUESTIONS.