The season three finale of ‘Homeland’ had us on pins and needles for an entire hour, tugging on our heartstrings before hanging a massive shocker on us, and then setting things up for the future of the show.
(Spoilers right off the bat, guys.) The last time we saw Brody (Damien Lewis), he was smashing Akbari, the leader of Iran’s revolutionary guard, over the head with a glass ashtray and smothering him to death with a pillow — and Carrie (Claire Danes) was scrambling to clean up the mess. So the big question of the Dec. 15 finale was obviously: Would she be able to?
‘Homeland’ Finale: Brody Is Captured & Killed
Let’s just get this out of the way, because I may not be able to get through a whole recap with this weighing on me — for the first time ever, Carrie was NOT able to save the love of her life. About halfway through the finale, Brody was captured and subsequently hung from a crane in an Iranian public square. The life went out of Marine 1’s eyes as Carrie heartbreakingly looked on and the sun set on the main dramatic thrust of Homeland.
“You’re gonna get me home,” Brody told Carrie in episode 10 of this season. Unfortunately, he was wrong, and Carrie was right when she responded, “That’s a fantasy.”
Now let’s work backwards. After Brody cleaned up Akbari’s blood and dragged his lifeless body into a corner, he was able to escape the Iranian fortress (thankfully, Akbari’s secretary and bodyguards seemingly were on coffee breaks) and meet Carrie to enact the CIA’s extraction plan — that Saul (Mandy Patinkin) surprisingly approved.
While waiting in a safe house for some Black Hawk choppers to come to the rescue, Carrie finally dropped the bomb that she was carrying Brody’s child. In an episode of tension and high stakes, this was the one moment of sweetness — as Carrie admitted that she believed it was her destiny to cross paths with Brody, and he agreed. But the romance couldn’t last long.
Brody Is Captured By Javadi
Brody was always a pawn of the CIA — a way to get Javadi into the ultimate position of authority in Iran. And if Javadi wasn’t able to show his competence and strength by sentencing Brody to death, that part of the plan couldn’t be successful. So in a final act of betrayal, Senator Lockhart revealed Carrie and Brody’s safe house location so that he could be captured and publicly hanged.
As a rope was wrapped around Brody’s neck and his body was slowly raised up, I was expecting some last-minute CIA twist to save his life. But it never happened. Brody has been living on borrowed time for two full seasons — it was his time to go, though I’ll admit that a public hanging is one of the more brutal ways to be killed off. Seeing (and feeling) Carrie’s devastation after Brody gave his last breath was just a soul-crushing clincher.
‘Homeland’ Moves On
The episode didn’t stop beating along with Brody’s heart though. Homeland gave us a “Four Months Later” epilogue, showing us what a post-Brody, post-Saul CIA looks like. Saul is vacaying in Greece, the CIA is much more diplomatic with Lockhart at the head, Peter Quinn’s “over it” attitude has dissipated, and Carrie is extremely pregnant.
She’s also — despite an established conflict with Lockhart, consistent insubordination, and even possibly treasonous actions — still somehow getting promotions. Lockhart informs Carrie that he wants her to head the CIA post in Istanbul, one of the highest positions at the agency.
And that’s the conflict we’re left with heading into season four — will Carrie take the job and leave the soon-to-be-born little Brody behind? Her stance in the finale says yes, but I can’t believe that she’d abandon the only piece of Brody she has left.
So HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the finale? Are you surprised Brody was killed? Let us know in the comments below!
— Andrew Gruttadaro
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