After a lackluster third season (so much Dana, ugh) Homeland Season 3 ended with a bang … or should we say a hang? What, too soon?
The Showtime hit had a stellar second season, but when Season 3 kicked off back in September, the energy and suspense just wasn’t there. Pregnant CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and Marine sergeant Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) barely interacted during the first three quarters of the season, and we found ourselves yawning through the weekly instalment instead of waiting with bated breath in anticipation of what was going to happen next.
The show picked up when Carrie and Brody’s stories finally converged — with Carrie helping to devise a plan that would entail once heroin-addicted Brody killing IRG head Danesh Akbari so that the CIA’s plant, Majid Javardi, could assume power — but for many fans of the show, this was too little too late.
Still, in the penultimate episode of the season the Homeland tension we know and love was back as Brody killed Akbari after he told the leader of the CIA’s plan to assassinate him. Carrie was right about Brody. Again. He was on their side.
In the December 15 finale, he miraculously managed to escape IRG headquarters after the murder, but once he reached the safe house with Carrie, we had a sneaking suspicion his time was running out. Saul (marry me, Mandy Patinkin) did his best to get Brody back home as promised, but he was no longer acting head of the CIA. Javardi knew that in order to win favor with the IRG, he had to bring Akbari’s assassin to justice, so he changed the plan. Brody was captured by the IRG, thrown in prison, and sentenced to death by a military tribunal for being an enemy of the state.
Carrie watched as Brody was hanged and drew his last breath,and just like that, Carrie and Brody were done. Seasons of tension (romantic and otherwise) were put to rest, and mentally ill Carrie was left to raise her and Brody’s baby all by herself.
But can the show make it without Carrie and Brody? The episodes that didn’t feature the pair in contact were by far the series’ weakest, and we have little interest in watching newly-promoted Carrie run operations out of Istanbul (with or without her baby girl, depending on what she decides) while Saul tans in Greece.
Do you think the Homeland team made a mistake by killing Brody off, or had his time run out? Will you watch the show without him? Tell us your thoughts below!