Brody Must Die

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Critical Studies in Television Online

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The first season of Homeland had so much going for it that by and large the audience overlooked the fact that the showrunner, Alex Gansa, and his co-creator, Howard Gordon, fudged the ending. The momentum of the principal narrative arc of those initial twelve episodes always led inexorably towards a domestic terrorist act that protagonist and CIA analyst Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) had been obsessively trying to uncover and thwart ever since she set eyes on a video of her antagonist, US Marine sergeant, Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), being pulled bearded and filthy from a ‘spider hole’ à la Saddam Hussein by an elite Delta Force team. Mathison’s colleagues at the CIA congratulated themselves on facilitating Brody’s rescue from al-Qaeda after eight years in captivity. Carrie alone was skeptical as to why al-Qaeda would keep him alive after his usefulness had long ago expired.


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