It’s hump day and I’m still reeling from the explosive series finale- oh right it was just a season finale of last Sunday’s Homeland.
Recapping an episode like ‘The Star’ was something I was looking forward to. It had such a surprising ending, it’s only fair that we discuss what went down and what we can look forward to in the next season.
First off, I want to say SPOILER ALERT!!
So I assumed the episode would pick up with Brody’s extraction (minus the two hot bearded Black Ops guys) and his welcomed return to the United States. Why wouldn’t the country embrace Brody? He just completed one of the most important missions in American history…it was literally all because of him. But nope, that’s not how it went down. Instead, the episode started off right where it ended the week before. Brody scrambles to clean up Akbari’s body (well he hides his body under the desk), he cleans himself up, and then gracefully walks himself out of the office. He makes it out of the building right when the secretary notices the dead body and alerts the guards.
Brody makes it out- again.
At this point I’m thinking this guy has escaped death way too many times. How can one man be so lucky? Even for a main character on a hit TV show, he’s had too many close calls. So it begs the question ‘Was it his time go?’
At the time, I didn’t think so. But now that I’ve had a few days to deal with the trauma, I can see why his death was necessary. The entire time I was watching the episode, I was laughing at my screen because I didn’t think he would die. I was like ‘how stupid do the writers think I am? They’re not going to kill Brody!’ I knew they wouldn’t make it out of Tehran just like that, I knew some way the plan would be altered and Carrie would have to find another way to get them home. I just didn’t think it would end with Brody’s death.
There were no tears when Brody and Carrie were captured. There were no tears when Saul told Carrie there was no chance of rescuing Brody, and there definitely were no tears when Brody promised Carrie he was ready to ‘die’. Because none of it mattered- Brody was going to make it out alive.
Then it turned to night and an angry mob of Arabs were waiting to see the hanging of Nicholas Brody. They escorted Brody out of the prison where they took him to the center of city hall or wherever they go to hang people. Brody walked out of the car, behind the fence Carrie stood watching. Nope, no tears- I swear.
Then they put Brody into place, one of Akbari’s wives comes up to him and spits in his face. Still don’t believe it. Slowly they start raising Brody higher into the sky as the rope around his neck gets tighter and tighter. Carrie’s running around like a crazy pregnant lady looking for the perfect viewing spot.
It was when nothing happened when I realized Brody was about to die. Literally, nothing happened. It was like watching Eddard Stark’s (Game of Thrones) beheading all over again, except Carrie was Arya and she was pregnant. Brody slowly starts grasping for air, he starts shaking…and then reality sets over me like ‘holy s*** Brody is going to die.’ For a short second I thought maybe Brody had a twin brother/Carrie used her powers to create some sort of doppelganger- but unfortunately Carrie didn’t think of that.
I was confused, I was angry and most surprisingly I was balling my eyes out. Peering at my screen with blurry watery eyes I wasn’t sure what was happening, how could one of the main characters be dead? And what did this mean for next season? So much of Carrie’s motivation was Brody, since the beginning it was all about her obsession with him. Then this season it was all about her getting the chance to make Brody into the American hero, he was supposed to make it right- well he did…just nobody knew about it.
And that’s the part that bothers me the most. I feel like Brody’s death was a little senseless- sure I imagine this happens in real life all the time…heroes going unnoticed. But we had been on a wild roller coaster with Brody, he was supposed to go out the hero. Instead his last few breaths were spent watching over a crowd of angry Arabs, no sign of the country he was on this mission for.
Fast forward four months, the rest of the episode follows Carrie and Saul as their lives resume from post Brody death. Saul is enjoying his life with his cheating wife in some hot country. He looks like he’s enjoying himself, but work life creeps up when he mentions moving to New York.
Carrie is offered a higher position- the one she’s always wanted in Istanbul,Turkey. She admits to her family that she can’t keep this baby- she’s just too f****** sad.
There’s a commemoration event at the CIA headquarters –Brody is not mentioned. Once the lights are all turned off and the room is dark, Carrie visits the wall of “Stars” one for each person who lost their life fighting for their country. She pulls out a marker and draws a star for him on the wall and walks away. Now it’s clear what the title of the episode actually meant…it dawns on me once more that Brody is actually dead and now I can’t stop crying. So thanks.
What I would’ve liked to see- Since we saw so much of Brody’s family (Dana) why wouldn’t they show the family back home hearing about his hanging? They didn’t show any family drama for the last chunk of the season. What was the point of Dana’s crazy boyfriend? I imagine they’ll be in the next season but what will be the connection? Personally, I’m hoping Dana takes an interest in CIA work and enlists as a secret agent. How cool would that be?
Also, I would’ve liked to see Brody not die. But since it did happen, I’m actually excited for what season four will bring. It gives the writers a chance to develop a new dynamic, build up a new character that will hopefully take us on a new ride- hopefully Carrie won’t fall in love with them.
I’m thinking that Carrie will have the baby and keep it, I think she’s going to end up in NYC working with Saul. I can’t see them being separated for too long, especially when they had their final scene together. Carrie watches as Saul walks out of the CIA building, it almost looks like he’s happy, he doesn’t look back he just walks right out, it seems like Carrie might want to do the same thing. Why would she want to work for people who betrayed her baby daddy?
Okay people that’s all I got. I want to hear what you guys think. What will happen next season? Will Saul and Carrie reunite and be a powerhouse team in the private sector? Does Brody’s death mean Quinn and Carrie can finally be together? But most important…will Carrie go to Istanbul?