Homeland Season Finale Post-Mortem: Burning Questions Answered, Plus Scoop on Season 2

The following contains massive spoilers from Sunday’s season finale of Showtime’s Homeland. If you have yet to watch the shocking episode, get ‘er done and then return for the inside story on the why behind what happened, plus some scoop on Season 2.

Showtime’s Homeland wrapped up its thrilling, critically acclaimed freshman run on Sunday night by hitting the detonator on the Marine One terrorist plot – and with results as unexpected as the aftermath shown in the finale’s coda.

In short: While sniper Tom Walker secured a perch within the perimeter of Vice President Walden’s policy summit, Brody strapped on the vest with which he is to take out the VP and his high-ranking entourage. As Walden et al debark from their motorcade, Walker shoots Elizabeth Gaines, strictly to trigger a Secret Service protocol that will whisk Brody through the metal detectors at the State Department entrance. Corralled in a bunker, Brody flicks the switch on his vest to kill en masse Walden and the posse of politicos.

However… a wire had come loose on the vest, forcing Brody to hunker down in a washroom stall for a repair. Meanwhile, Carrie — now persona non grata at the CIA – scoped out the summit site, where she surmised that Walker’s shots were just the first step of a two-pronged attack. After her efforts to have the VP extracted from the bunker came up empty, Carrie raced to the Brody house, where she urged Dana to call her dad and beg him to bail on his terror plot. Yet Dana – despite having just had her existing suspicions compounded by the discovery that her father is now Muslim — ignored the appeal. After Jessica arrived in time to call the cops on the somewhat mad CIA agent, Dana ultimately got on the phone with her dad to elicit a firm promise that he will be home later. After attempting to dodge the solicitation and carry out his mission, Brody eventually says what Dana needs to hear, and aborts.

In the coda, Brody meets up with an agitated Walker, who puts him on the horn with Abu Nazir. Brody argues that he can instead exact change/revenge by affecting U.S. foreign policy at a high level, in political office. As a sign of loyalty to Nazir, Brody shoots dead Walker, a loose end from their original campaign. Carrie, meanwhile, subjects herself to shock treatment to address her bipolar-esque condition, but not before the pre-op meds dredge up the memory of Brody’s night terror screams during their time at the cabin. “Brody knew Nazir’s son,” Carrie half-mumbles before going under. Alas, that and other fragments of her memory will likely be zapped away by the treatment process, if only for the short-term.

Is Brody done with his violent acts of terrorism? Might Carrie rejoin the CIA, or go rogue for Season 2? And will she ever recall her epiphany about Nazir’s son? TVLine ran those questions and others by executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, who revealed how their time on 24 helped shape this emotionally explosive finale.

TVLINE | You made a bit of a bold call, ending the season not with the obvious visceral thriller element – a crescendo for the Marine One plot. Was that a decision you went back and forth on?
ALEX GANSA | It was actually something that I learned working for Howard on 24, that there’s a lot of merit in the denouement of the story. In 24, the big event often happened in the penultimate episode or early on in the last episode, and there’s a lot of wonderful ground to cover after it’s over — and in certain ways, that’s where the character really comes to the fore. That’s where we really see Brody and Carrie and Saul and Estes and everybody dealing with the aftermath of what happened, and you learn a lot about people in those moments. If you look at the way the [finale] is structured, Day 1 is quiet, Day 2 is all frenetic and with the whole set piece in the bunker, and Day 3 is more quiet.

TVLINE | Did you at any point entertain an iteration where Brody does detonate his vest and Season 2 is about a new threat? Or did you worry that might lead you into the 24 mold?
GANSA | Early on, certainly when we were writing the thing, that was one way to take the series, on a more accelerated path. But one of the virtues of having Showtime as our home – and their partnership has been phenomenal – was that we got to slow it down. They’re the ones who said, “Take a deep breath – you’re not on a broadcast network anymore,” and that was a tremendously liberating way to start the process.

TVLINE | I had a suspicion, with all the fidgeting with the vest back at the house, that there might be a snafu. And the second time around, since a point had been made that the bunker restroom was out of paper towels, I thought Brody’s wet hands might short it out.
HOWARD GORDON | It was kind of excruciating being in the editing room watching that over and over again. It would always get my heart beating.
GANSA | [Damian Lewis'] face was so amazing. He did it again and again and again, in take after take after take. He really was just incredible.

TVLINE | Carrie’s realization about Brody and Nazir’s son — is her ability or inability to recall that something you will play with for a stretch of Season 2?
GANSA | Absolutely. She’s kind of back to square one now, and the audience is going to be waiting for the moment where she begins to re-suspect Brody. Her logically going back and putting the pieces together is definitely going to be a part of Season 2.

TVLINE | I just wish her sister was paying a bit closer attention there at her hospital bedside.
GORDON | She might have been! You don’t know.

TVLINE | You’ve left things kind of similar to where we started — Carrie suspects Brody is a terrorist, many of her peers think she is nuts. How will you spin that fresh in Season 2?
GANSA | That’s clearly going to be the challenge, although certain things have changed. Clearly there is now an established relationship between Carrie and Brody that is going to have to be resolved one way or another. There is still a reservoir of emotion that exists, but they have some big differences as well. Also, Brody, I think, is done committing a big attack on the United States. He’s got another trajectory that is much more insidious, a long-game political one. That’s going to change the tenor of the show, but hopefully we can keep the charge between our two main characters as hot as possible.

TVLINE | Is there a possibility, based in reality or not, that Saul might leverage Estes into giving Carrie her job back? Or is she going rogue from here on?
GANSA | These are all really good questions, but it’s too soon to say.

TVLINE | Which Season 1 episode, scene or twist are you most proud of? You often zagged when other shows would safely zigged, if only so that they could keep certain eggs in a basket.
GORDON | We always knew that the spine of the first season was the Carrie-Brody relationship. The second time they meet, outside the support group meeting, when you saw the chemistry between them, Alex and I looked at each other and said, “We really have a show.” Not that it was so surprising, but [it answered the question of] how are we going to cross these two characters in a credible way and ignite his relationship that we knew was at the center of the show.

TVLINE | The moment that showed me you guys were operating on a different level was that cabin “interrogation” scene, where you played so many cards.
GORDON | This show is such an amazing collaboration, and the writers leave us breathless. That was written by Meredith Stiehm, and when we all walked in the next day and looked at each other, Chip Johannessen, another writer, said, “Should we just burn our Writers Guild cards?” That’s that kind of respect that everybody has for everybody else.

TVLINE | You pinned a lot there on Morgan Saylor, who plays Dana, in these last few episodes. Did she exceed your expectations?
GANSA | From the minute Morgan walked into the casting room, she was head-and-shoulders above everybody we saw. She has the unique and uncanny ability to make scenes and dialogue her own, and in such unexpected ways. It’s actually one of the things we’re most proud of this season, because from the minute Brody walked into that waiting room in the pilot, she was the one with whom he had a connection. She was the one who elicited a smile from him. We built that relationship all through the season and gave Morgan more and more to do, because we knew that she was going to have to carry the finale. We just think she did a spectacular job.
GORDON | Alex, didn’t you have to call her about something once? You’ve got to tell that story.
GANSA | I was calling her because she did a fantastic job in that scene where Dana told Mike, “Stay away from us. There’s no place for my father when you’re here.” It was a Friday night, and I got her mom. I was like, “I’ve got to talk to Morgan, where is she?” Her mom said, “Well, it’s Friday night – she’s at the high school football game with her boyfriend.” [Laughs] Well of course she is, she’s 16 years old! It was so sweet.

TVLINE | Is it possible that Dana, despite that rooftop coda, has not been entirely relieved of her concern?
GANSA | Oh, I think her concern is still alive, I absolutely do. I hope that the rooftop scene left the audience with a little ambiguity, because [she and her father] are not really having a conversation about that. Something big happened, but they’re not really talking about it.

TVLINE | Do you have any early thoughts on time passage between seasons? Will Walden have won the presidency, will it pick up immediately after…?
GANSA | I think there will be some time passage. It will not be immediately after, but how long after is still an open question.

TVLINE | At any point in the season did real world events trigger the slightest script tweak?
GORDON | [The death of] Osama bin Laden was certainly a line that we added, but it was a big one, because it really sort of stood for why this show was a post-Osama bin Laden show.
GANSA | And remember the recent [real-world] plot [to assassinate] the Saudi ambassador? It didn’t influence what we were telling but what we wish we had told, because that was such a great story, the idea that Al-Quaeda would target the Saudi ambassador in Washington, D.C. I wish that had broken a couple of days earlier.

TVLINE | I’ve seen more than one of our readers note that Brody would never be allowed to pursue political office while in uniform. Is that a liberty you took?
GANSA | Yeah, apparently he would have to be out of the service — but I think we’re going to shed his uniform fairly quickly [in Season 2]. We also had some issues with the stripes on his sleeves. Military families wrote to say, “Is he a sergeant? Or a gunnery sergeant?” because the sleeves kept changing, so I think we screwed up a bit on that front, too.

TVLINE | Have you received any notes from the intelligence community? I could see the CIA having an issue with someone unstable being their poster girl.
GANSA | Honestly, we’ve gotten none of that. People that we know in the intelligence community love the show and have embraced it for its virtues and its flaws.
GORDON | And the President [of the United Sates] likes [Homeland]! Isn’t that wild?

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100 Comments
  1. JD says:

    I love the show, but cannot stand the daughter one bit. One second she is high at the party, shattering through a door, and then she pieces it altogether about her father and stops him from attacking the VP? A bit far-fetched.

    But, all in all, it was a good season. I hope they don’t just rehash season 1 in her chasing down Brody.

    • Tania says:

      JD you obviously did not comprehend what you just saw or the entire series for that matter which invalidates your comment. Seriously, what were you watching?

      • JD says:

        Well explain then. I watch with a group of people and not one person bought the daughter.

        • DL says:

          I think the trouble with your comment comes from you saying, “One second… and then…” as if there was no development in between. In fact, there was quite a significant amount of development, as we saw the relationship between Brody and Dana grow, and began to understand that the two of them understand one another far better than anyone else in the family does.
          Initially Dana was very uncomfortable and standoffish around her father, certainly because of the Mike issue, and also because I think she was deeply afraid of losing him again, hence why she essentially told Mike off, because she felt that he and her mother were driving her father away.
          Since that moment of her acting out with the drugs, and towards Mike, we have seen her come to terms with her feelings about her father, and even though she is obviously still terrified of losing him, as evinced by the harrowing, breathtaking, edge-of-your-seat phone call in the VP’s panic room, she wants to embrace a relationship with him rather than pull away from him because of that fear.
          I think that’s why Tania suggested you did not comprehend what you’ve watched, because there was a staggering amount of development that did in fact take place.
          I also think it’s a bit silly to suggest that she “pieced it together.” This is a young girl who is horribly scared that she’s going to lose her father again, and when Carrie shows up to plant the seed of doubt in her mind, of course she’s going to call him and make sure that he’s okay! It’s not that she definitively decided that Carrie was right and that her father was a terrorist, but that she wanted to make sure that her dad was coming home because she was scared to death for him!

    • Jill says:

      She has no idea if she really stopped him from attacking the VP. All she wanted was for her dad to come home. All his behavior of the course of the past months added up to her with the deer stuff, and then Gettysburg and then finding out he’s Muslim just enough to take heart to do one thing Carrie said to do, “Call your dad!” So all she did was call her dad and ask him to come home. It was a daughter to father plea, in general. Other than get her father to come home, she has no idea what she did.

      • DJohn says:

        I disagree. She had suspicions about her father before the finally ( the “weird” time lapse video of him at Gettysburg, questioning Mom’s “gift”, the abrupt manner that he yanked her hand away when she was snooping in the trunk, his out of character unwillingness to hug her as he leaves for the ceremony )

        She begs him to ** promise ** to come home because there is some doubt. Otherwise why pick up Carrie’s phone to call? Her call is not an accident.

        As far as JD’s view that she lacks credibility and that her actions were a bit of a reach for a partying HS girl? I think JD misses on some of the clues about her maturity and insight: “Mike, there’s no room for my Dad when you’re here?” Her maturation seems rather quick, but who’s to say that we just didn’t give the character enough credit?

        A great show.
        I think we were a bit cheated on the Tom/Brody relationship.
        Saul confuses me. He backs and pursues Carrie’s theories but tosses her under the bus, and then tries to save her from the shock therapy? But isnt there for the treatment?

        (I have this love/hate relationship with Mandy P. He’s arrogant but so damn good at his craft.)

        Season 2:
        My guess is that Tom send Brody’s video testimonial to Nasir which will be used as blackmail later on. The sister will help in the recall of Carrie’s last utterance before the Bzzt. Carrie is brought back into the CIA. The mole is someone we haven’t met yet.

        Last note: I love to look at Morena Baccarin.

    • JOANN says:

      I TOTALLY DISAGREE, SHE PLAYS HER PART EXTREMELY WELL, TYPICAL TEEN. SHE ADDS ALOT TO HOMELAND SHOW.

      • LINDA says:

        I agree with you, she plays an amazing part of the troubled teenage daughter. typical American teenager. I LOVE THIS SHOW….

    • slk says:

      She seems like a normal teenager to me. Wise beyond her years in some ways, then reacting to the burden of it in others, hence the periodically poor judgment.

    • b says:

      JD – i completely agree with your comment about the annoying daughter. i think that they make her character a bit erratic – one time smoking and then being extremely inconsiderate and ungrateful of her mother. i think the show “forces” this character down our throats. i get it — she hates her mother (maybe the teenage angst years) and she wants to know more about her father – or has a hunch about him. but id much rather her be a bit softer and more like an actual 16 year old. her character is way out of line sometimes and i don’t think that it’s necessary. overall LOVE the season. i think the carrie-brody relationship will definitely escalate somehow. and jessica and mike will probably rekindle their relationship somehow. that’s the only way they can keep some sort of drama in the season. Just an opinion!!

  2. My says:

    I’m wondering about Walker. Will the CIA know he’s dead? Will his body be found? Will anyone try to find out who killed him? It’s not a big loose end, but these questions should be answered. Great show!

  3. Patricia says:

    Great show, this was one hell of a season everything was perfection I liked how it ended there were so many twists through out the season that I thought they were not gonna be able to bring it to a satisfying conclusion but it was perfect. But I agree that the daughter is terrible watching her today was giving me anxiety I did not want to deal with her, hopefully she’ll go away to school or something next season.

    • JOANN says:

      I AGREE, SHE SAW HER FATHER WITH VEST OF BULLETS OR WHATEVER, AND SHE WAS FRIGHTENED, I THINK SHE IS DOING A FANTASIC JOB, I’VE ENJOYED ALL THE EPISODES FROM THE BEGINNNG. THE ACTORS ALL PORTRAYED THEIR PARTS EXTREMELY WELL, IN MY OPINION.

    • JOANN says:

      TAKE A XANAX, IF YOU GET THAT MUCH ANXIETY, DON’T WATCH IT, I THINK PERSONALLY, SHE WILL BE THEIR A LONG TIME. I REALLY THINK SHE ADDS ALOT TO THE SHOW,

  4. Cheri says:

    I love this show and can’t wait for it to start up again. I think Carrie and Body will get back together. It’ll be interesting to see Body in politics.

  5. Richard says:

    I thought the finale was teh awesome. I would have LOVED to see Brody blow everyone up… IDK why I’m not pro terrorist or anything but it would have made for a epic ending. I kept chanting.. FLIP THE SWITCH BRODY FLIP THE SWITCH! Brody’s daughters… I thought she was kinda annoying but she played her part well. She is obviously suspicious of Brody but it is also her father and she is only 16 so it’s whatever. The end I felt kinda disappointed not because the episode wasn’t any good but because Carrie lost her drive and submitted to that electro shock therapy. I can see why she did it but when Saul confirmed she was correct about her theory I felt she should have flipped out again and got out of there. Great show tho. I’m very excited for season 2.

    • RobbieB says:

      I am absolutely with you on this one Richard. Obviously the only reason Brody didnt blow everyone up (and in my mind the VP and CIA deserved it somewehat, is that he would not be available for Season 1. Wouldnt it be nice to see a series stand on its own without incessant follow up series which get worse and worse, good example is True Blood.

  6. BrianR says:

    It was a great show but Showtime spoiled it showing scenes just before it started. They showed Brody and Walker confronting each other which basically negated any chance he was going top use the vest once it didn’t happen before the sniper attack.

    • Ryan says:

      That’s why i never watch previews just turn it off and think for myself.

    • sash fan says:

      I agree! Too much of a reveal on the “scenes from next time”. I know people say — just don’t watch them — but it’s hard to avoid sometimes.

    • ck says:

      Here, here!

    • Alienate says:

      Ditto! Ditto!

      When will TV Execs learn: WE DO NOT WANT SPOILERS!!!!!!!!

      They always under-estimate the intelligence of their audience.

      WISE UP !

    • Jimmy says:

      Absolutely.I kept thinking during the VP bunker scenes;this COULD have had so much suspense had I not seen that preview!I couldn’t believe they had actually showed those scenes to us.From them it was obvious he did not carry out the attack,thus all of the suspense that could’ve been awesome got thrown out of the window.And I just couldn’t avoid that trailer..it came on so suddenly and before I could reach for the remote it was over.Amazing how much of a fantastic plot can be completely ruined by such unbeliavably dumb move on part of the network.

  7. David says:

    Although not a bad show , I still feel let down with many aspects of the show. There was a build-up to a possible mole that was never explained. There were not many secrets that were revealed. Not really interested in next season if all he will do is “influence” policy.

    • Bob says:

      You just listed the many reasons why you SHOULD watch next season – there’s still a mole (is it Saul?), and there are still a couple of secrets not revealed yet.

      The beauty of the finale was that it both resolved the S1 arc (is Brody a terrorist, will he kill all these people?) AND set up S2.

      Perfect show.

      • Kiki says:

        Maybe I missed something but it seemed obvious that Carrie herself is the mole, albeit inadvertantly. She told Brody early on about many of the things happening because she didn’t see any reason not to tell him (about Walker, about some of their investigations). Of course, Brody, as a terrorist, would have a lot of value for this information and used some of it (knowing that Walker was alive, etc.) So I thought the references were subtly about her, as an inadvertant mole.

        • Nick says:

          Yeah, except that when Brody found out Walker was alive he flipped out and beat the crap out of the Saudi diplomat. She may have given him a few things to watch out for, but it was not her intel that was being fed to Walker. It had to be coming from somewhere else. And I am pretty sure now that it was Brody that slipped the one guy the razor blade.

  8. Rachael says:

    What a phenomenal season of television this show has been. Wow. I can’t remember the last time I’ve been this impressed with a t.v. show on practically every single level.

    One thing I will say is that I’m a little annoyed with how they ended it … the memory loss thing feels pretty t.v. show cliche … but other than that, the finale kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.

  9. Lisa says:

    Brilliant stuff. Claire Danes better win the GG and the Emmy!

  10. Dave says:

    I DVR most of the shows I watch and catch up with them sometime during the week. This is the only show that is a must see and I try to watch it every Sunday night cause I don’t like to wait. There is never a dull moment, the story is interesting and believable and the acting is really good. I like that they focus on the characters, so the show doesn’t rely on action to sell the story as that gets old after a while. Looking forward to Season 2!

  11. bethany0403 says:

    This show is tremendous. Is it safe to assume Brody was the one who slipped the captive the razor blade, or is that still up for discussion? I know everyone thinks Saul is a mole, but what has he done, other than the lie detector test, to make us think that? I want more Carrie and Brody scenes, they just sizzle together!

  12. Denise says:

    Give that man an Emmy/Golden Globe/SAG/Whatever! That was awesome acting!

  13. aa says:

    This amnesia thing/remembering in last second drops this show into Mexican soap-opera level.

  14. Diane says:

    Two things really stood out for me, both involving Claire Danes. First, the ridiculous, almost palpable chemistry between her and Damian Lewis. When they were talking outside of the police station, I swear that they were about to kiss, make out, get down on the ground. Then she broke my heart when Carrie got in her sister’s minivan and her heart was breaking. Give Claire Danes all the awards now, please.

  15. Jill says:

    It was a brilliant first season for Homeland, and I can’t wait for the second season. And I love how the title is filled with so much meaning on home land, in terms of the U.S. Homeland, the Brody Homeland and Carrie’s Homeland with her sister, dad, etc. and on the lack of Saul’s Homeland. So much rich meaning and great character development and plot on all fronts ….

    • Diesel says:

      Actually, the term Home Land is derived from ‘Land’ of the Free’ (i.e the immigrants freed from Tyranny in Europe) and ‘Home’ of the Brave – The Native Indian warriors are called “Braves”.

      Can season 2 be better? Carrie’s memory loss plot line is worrying.

  16. Pam says:

    I was beginning to wonder before the end of the finale if the second season was going to concentrate on a whole new threat and a new agent. Of course, it’s great that Damian Lewis is sticking around, but a bit of a cheat too – because right now it’s a lot harder to believe that he’s still committed to this suppposed new plan he came up with off the cuff (to keep from getting killed by Walker), and isn’t just using it as a way to keep Nazir at arm’s length. Though we do see that Brody is not above murder.

    As for Carrie, I admit to getting frustrated that the writers were making her look so unstable and needy that right now I can’t conceive of how she’s going to be a crucial component of season two. Which is utterly maddening when we see that she’s brilliant and the only one who really understands what’s really going on. Carrie, of course, was right – but the too predictable vest malfunction compounded with her getting through to Dana, better late than never, is what stopped the attack. But now everyone simply thinks Carrie is disturbed and fighting windmills because the attack was stalled.

    I also think Lewis and Danes have mad chemistry, and I’d love to see them “together” again, even though naturally it makes no sense now.

    I’ll be back, but I really want to see some vindication for Carrie. And I hope David Marciano’s character will return in season two – he seemed to be the only person who was still willing to believe in Carrie.

    • joecup says:

      totally agree with you! I really wanted Carrie to save the day and was really hoping Saul’s boss (David?)would get fired! Seems like the finale just reset the series and made season 1 irrelevant.

  17. simeon says:

    I am disappointed with the season finale although it’s a great show. I’m hooked. I would have preferred to have seen Brody take out everyone and then have everyone deal with the aftermath rather than just have Carrie think that she’s completely nuts(after being screwed over time and time again by Brody). I think that would have made for a more interesting story line. What is Brody’s role going to be now? It obvious he’s still a terrorist. Can a terrorist really change? The acting was just brilliant by everyone. I don’t know how many times Carrie can have her theories about Brody shunned.

    • Dave says:

      But if you read the above interview, Showtime wants the producers to take their time with the show. There is nothing more frustrating with all TV shows when they tie up all loose ends in the season finale. They were able to build up the season and let the show breath, give us a few twist and turns along the way, but leave many open questions that can play out during Season 2.

    • DJohn says:

      “What is Brody’s role going to be now? It obvious he’s still a terrorist. ”

      I think that comment is farthest from the truth. His daughter pulled him back from the “dark side” and Season2 deals with Brody keeping 2 masters (President and Nazir) happy while he looks for a way out of his sticky situation.

      • simeon says:

        he still is. The first chance he got to detonate the bomb he did. The mere fact the he was persuaded from doing it again by his daughter pleading with him, doesn’t erase his history throughout and doesn’t make him not a terrorist. Terrorists have families too and in this momment he felt his daughter’s pain. Then he promptly disposed of Walker under orders by Nazir.

  18. Lauren says:

    Did anyone else catch that Brody’s daughter was listening to “Pumped Up Kicks” while the tv showed everyone running from the gun shots?

  19. MJ says:

    What exactly is Sgt Brody’s rank? In some episodes he wears a staff sgt rank and others a gunnery sgt rank. It seems to switch back and forth, and it’s not a flashback scene.

  20. Simon says:

    They can talk about “taking their time” all they want, to me they just didn’t have the guts to take the story where it needed to go to resolve it. Now we’re just going to repeat the exact same thing with slightly different background noise for another year while everybody tries to convince themselves that hitting reset buttons and introducing amnesia (!) to smooth it all over is just good, slow-burn storytelling instead of gutless water-treading.

  21. Helen says:

    What about the recording chip that Brody stashed in the park above the bench, and where he marked the spot with the yellow chalk of one line; it appears that Walker took it. Will it be on his body when his body is found? or where else would he have stashed it???

  22. postman says:

    who has the chip I think it will be used as leverage if he changes his mind about betraying his country.

  23. Naturally Curlie says:

    Facinating show with above average plot, acting etc.
    What blows my mind is not one comment or outrage that the VP of the US orders the massacre and then cover up of killing children at a school and will now be running for Prez. Just accepted like pass the salt and pepper. What is this world coming to?

    • Alienate says:

      O.K. I’ll comment. You are right. No one in our country that has any smarts thinks that we DON’T do things like that.

      “I LOVE My Country, but I HATE my Government” has never been more true than today.

  24. cj says:

    A for Awesome is not a high enough mark to grade this episode. they really DID zag when i expected them to zig. and Dana was effing amazing. that phone call to her dad was really impressive. and the ending was so brilliantly f***** up. claire danes is amazing.

    • JOANN says:

      CLAIRE DESERVES ANY AWARDS SHE GETS HER AND LEWIS ARE GREAT. I JUST LOVE THIS SHOW, I AM HOOKED, WHAT ABOUT MIKE, DOES ANY THINK HE IS AGAINST BRODY, FOR BREAKING UP HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS WIFE?

  25. Benjamin Kabak says:

    The daughter is so hot. What an actress

  26. dave noonan says:

    twice we aborted kill of bin laden due to other people being killed. therefor history shows that knowing a kids school was in danger the drone strike would never happen. despite your sarcastic remark history shows our military does not murder school children. if abu nazeir had martryed his own son and blamed the USA in order to turn brody it would be more true to the way things are in the real world.

    • Natas says:

      When a country (not only the USA) tries to eliminate a terrorist, dictator, a bad guy, innocent people get hurt. It happened in WW1+2, Vietnam, Korea, Bosnia, Afganistan, Irak, Israel and so on. It’s called collateral damage and it’s naive to think it won’t happen again. Claire Danes deserves all the awards possible.

    • Jimmy says:

      Yeah,I agree..that’s bs,just as is the fact that not one,but two US Marines would be turned like that.But,hey it is tvland.In reality collateral damage does happen and innocent ppl do get hurt,but by definiton collateral excludes intent.In reality,has our military made mistakes..sure,but had we known innocent civilians would get hurt in a specific attack,not to mention children,the attack would never had taken place.I served,I am a Marine and I know that for a fact.
      But,regardless..as I said this isn’t real world,it’s a tv show and I have to admitt,it’s a damn good one!

  27. barbara says:

    I think that Dana is such a driving force in the show! Brody, Carrie, and Saul are dynamite! I can’t remember a show that I look forward to as much as HOMELAND! Great 1st season!!!

  28. Azey says:

    I enjoyed every bit of season 1 and am really looking forward to season 2.

  29. dixoon11 says:

    Thought it was a bit odd that saul failed the lie detector test and how brody some how passed the question of being faithful to his wife.

  30. Holly says:

    I agree with those who say this show is above awesome! With the great writing, and the whole ensemble of actors, it’s so much above everything else on TV! The only bad part is how long we have to wait for Season 2, not until late October I’ve heard.

    The good part is they will have time to write a great Season 2 and I think with Brody as a politician and Carrie as a rogue investigator (perhaps with Saul for her assistant, as well as Virgil) playing a cat and mouse game with him, it can only be great! I agree that their (Brody and Carrie’s) on screen chemistry is fantastic, and hopefully we’ll get more love scenes, even though their romance will most likely end badly. Poor Carrie is meant to have her heart broken by Brody over and over again, she seems destined for that.

    I think Dana was very believable in her role as the daughter who cared about her dad, and that she took the place of her mother as the only one Brody bonded with in the family.

    Can’t wait for Season 2!

  31. GC says:

    Great show. Lame finale.

  32. Cindy says:

    Love the show, but have a few questions: if Brody didn’t know Walker was alive until the CIA told him, how did he then know Walker would be in that water channel? Were they talking prior to the event, but it was never shown? And wouldn’t he have taken the memory card from Walker after killing him? A guy that was his friend, that he was torn up about “killing” while prisoner; how can he so callously pull out a gun and shoot him in the head? As for the vest malfunctioning, that was due to the secret service guy throwing him to the ground after the first shot was fired, which caused the wires to detach. And if Brody was so concerned about Carrie telling anyone about their relationship as it could affect his political career, why did he then go and tell her bosses about it? If Abu Nazir was so “kind” to Brody that he cleaned him up and let him stay in his compound, why did he throw him back in the cell where he was found by the U.S.? He obviously had been there a while since he looked like a red-headed Jesus when they found him. Yes, I know, it’s just a TV show and I shouldn’t obsess over these things. And I do hope Claire Danes wins a Golden Globe for this and that Mandy Patinkin stays for as long as the show airs (he has a history of leaving shows before they’re over).

  33. Art Vandolay says:

    I say dump the daughter. Her role is totally unbelievable. Carrie is also way too spastic. Yeah, yeah she has bipolar and manic depression. But Claire Danes goes over top too much too frquently. Did daughter disconnect a wire of the vest? She saw dad checking it once in car or garage. Wife is soper hot—-hope we see more topless scenes of her in Season 2–maybe some full frontal too? -Art

  34. kris says:

    I believe saul is the mole, and he clearly handed the razorblade off to the Al-Quida prisoner

  35. Elizabeth says:

    I am confused about the timeline for Brody after Issa was killed. Wasn’t that years before they found him. Was he trained as a terrorist during that period and they put him back in the hole for the Americans to find him. Did they then beat him to make it look realistic. If he wasn’t really a prisoner and mistreated prior to being released, why was he sitting in his room on the floor doing nothing? Any comments, explanations would be welcome.

  36. Venus says:

    GAH! I love Carrie and Brody.

  37. Dave says:

    Did Walker take out Elizabeth Gaines for a reason? Such a target rich environment and ability of Walker would suggest she was the target. Maybe she was the mole? Nazir told Brody that there was one loose end left when they were on the phone at the Walker meeting. Does it suggest that all the other elements of the cell were eliminated?
    Great show. Can’t wait for season 2!

  38. khan says:

    How come Carrie knew that Issac was Abu-Nazir’s son? Because throughout the season she was unaware of it. Bernard knew it and he has said that Issac was his guard. Then how come she guessed Issac to be Nazir’s son?

  39. Nick says:

    I loved the first season of Homeland. I literally watched the entire season in a day and a half. I am in withdrawal now!

    The one issue I have with the finale was in the plot to kill the VP. I understand the idea of the sniper forcing everyone into the bunker, but why not take out the VP first? If he’s the ultimate target, snipe him and then blow everyone else up in the bunker. It’s not like they wouldn’t have followed the same procedure and rushed Brody through the metal detectors. This way you have the VP out for sure and then can get the rest of the high level guys in the bunker.

    Just my 2 cents, can’t wait for season 2!

    • SP says:

      A sniper would have done the job true enough but Holy terrorists LOVE to suicide bomb their subjects and would want this grand gesture for the VP blamed for the deaths of the children by bombing. All about grandiosity/eye for an eye. My opinion anyway.

  40. Geoff says:

    Saul disappeared a few times without explanation. He also resisted much of Carries suggestions and then tries to get her contained at the assassination.. He would be the ultimate lay low terrorist until they call for him. He could be the mole or his wife could be the mole! He gave too much info to his wife.

    • SP says:

      They put the suspicious behavior in the show to make us wonder and have doubt about our good guys being the bad guys in disguise. I bet it is the guy that answers the phone at the CIA. He had a moment where it was vaguely mentioned he was half Lebanese, how his parents met in the airport, the father was a TSA and his mother refused to remove her head covering in this first season. If he starts having more of an appearance next season, I would put my $ on him.

  41. Geoff says:

    It was not a guess. He woke up saying Issac name, I think while they were shackin’ in the cabin. She interrogated Brody re: Issac at the cabin.

  42. Monkey David says:

    I think some people missed an important point about when she broke the window–yes, she did it while drinking, but she did it when she was resisting the idea of going to the quarry while she was grounded. So she fundamentally is an honorable kid, just with mixed up ideas of what the boundaries of right and wrong are. Not unlike her father…

  43. Lucas says:

    I just watched the finale (I did a marathon), and I have to say, I was LARGELY disappointed. The wish to extend the show to more seasons, to keep Brody’s actor in his job, the audience obviously wanting to see more of brody, and other factors got in the way of what was meant to be: His attack on the vp.
    Her daughter calling him was WAY out of reality, I didn’t like it one bit…

    I guess I just wanted him to be done with it, so everyone could see that Carrie was right, and that he is a turned american soldier.

  44. Chelsea says:

    I love the show, but the one sticking gripe for me is how young Brody’s wife is. Even though Morena is a terrific actress, she is badly cast. Bases on the actors ages – Brody would have been 24 when Dana was born and his wife Jessica would have been 16! Why couldn’t they have cast an actress that would have suited the family unit better?

  45. SP says:

    The mole is someone we have already met. We are being taken in to show how easily WE can even be deceived by a sleeper/insider…just like those deceived by Brody…the driving force behind the show. Awesome show.

  46. Jasmijn says:

    I really really love this show and knowing that season 2 won’t be there before October(?) makes me really impatient. Yesterday i watched the finale (last weekend episode 5 was broadcast here in the Netherlands, but i was way too curious and couldn’t wait another 7 weeks so i watched it all on the internet) and i was really disappointed, i think especially the end, Carrie with the shock therapy, was very disappointing and actually cliché and maybe a little bit predictable (the memory loss).

    What i would like to see in season 2 is again a (secret) romance between Carrie and Brody. The “cabin weekend” episode is by far my favorite episode. I’m also wondering what Mike’s role and actions will be next season? I think Jessica and Mike looked nice together. And i was thinking Saul would be the mole, but has anyone already thought of Galvez being the mole? It could be anyone i think? I just can’t believe Saul would be the mole, he seems so devoted?

  47. kiwi says:

    I think it was a well done season it airs here in new zealand in 3 days but ive watched it all lol.
    I think jess and mike will be forced together when brody doing his ploitical thing.
    I think the sd card will be very important later but i think cia or fbi will have hold of it not nazir
    saul i reckon is to obvious to be the mole it will be someone very little to do with or maybe estevez thatd be a twist
    saul gave the saudi the blade
    jess is far to young to be wife but hey its tv
    and remember everyone lies (especially in this show)
    just my thoughts

  48. Mango says:

    Love the show hope they do not do a Deadwood on us half way thru the next series, my money for the Mole is on David, Saul,s boss.Pity our channel running the show kills us with adds but that’s Free to Air.

  49. Paul says:

    Good interview but one thing dissapoints me. ‘the death of Osama bin laden’ should be referred to as ‘the assasination of Osama bin laden, call it what it is, considering the topics dealt with in homeland I’m surprised he chose to use the politically correct misnomer ‘death’.

  50. bandkh says:

    We’ve just watched the complete Season 1 and found it intriguing but we’ve been left with many more questions than answers.
    Did anyone pick up that there would have been no need for a second chalk mark on the seat if Brodie had detonated the bomb? The fact that there was a second chalk mark indicated to Brodie that someone had removed the chip, knowing that he hadn’t carried out the task. That someone probably was not Tom Walker but who was it?
    How did Brodie know where to find Tom Walker?
    What did Nazir mean when he told Brodie that there was only ONE loose thread left? Did he mean that there had been others involved but they had already been eliminated? If so, who were they?
    How did Tom Walker know not to kill the VP but instead to cause chaos so that Brodie would be ushered inside the building. Did Walker know the full plot – because Brodie certainly didn’t. Brodie was seen to be worried about how he was going to get past the metal detectors. Why didn’t Brodie detonate the bomb outside the building in full view of the media? Would that not have been easier?
    When Carrie went to the house to confront Dana, why didn’t the penny drop then for Dana? After all, she already had her suspicions about her Dad. She knew he had converted to Islam, she was suspicious about the package in the car, about her dad locking the door when he was getting ready to leave the house, about the fact that he wouldn’t hug her. It would seem that these suspicions would have been validated when Carrie told her what was happening and yet, she simply called the police about the “crazy woman”. That doesn’t make sense to me but am I missing something?
    Is it important that we find out who the mole is?
    As I said, we have many more questions than answers but we thought this was one of the best shows that we’ve seen in a very, very long time. Can’t wait for Season 2.
    Kudos to Claire Daines who is excellent as the mentally fragile “Carrie” and Damian Lewis whom I’ve loved since seeing him play Soames Forsyte in the 2002 mini series “The Forsyte Saga”