Will Brody Die? Is Carrie the Mole? Is It All a Dream?
Which one of our outlandish predictions for the Homeland finale is the correct outlandish prediction?
The CIA hunts the unstable pair. Estranged from Jess, we finally see what Brody and Carrie are like when they truly have only each other. They grab cash and fake passports, starting Season 3 together but on the run: They have no homeland. —Ross Gottesman
Carrie—having almost singlehandedly taken down Abu Nazir and made the world safer for democracy—is in good standing now, but she’ll be back in hot water with Estes and rest of the CIA guys as she enables Brody on the run. Look to Carrie to pillage the agency disguise shop and manufacture a full deck of alias docs for the guy.
Also, as much as I love Saul—who reminds me of some likably intellectual uncle I'd encounter at a relative’s bar mitzvah—there is definitely something up with him, something sinister, that we've yet to find out. I mean, come on; every time Saul questions a terrorist, that person ends up killing himself in short order, with a conveniently procured homemade weapon. I believe it was Season 1 when we saw Saul’s polygraph blip when asked directly by the polygraphist if he’d provided the razor blade to a terrorist who committed suicide while in custody.
Finally, it’s only a matter of time before Carrie sleeps with Quinn. Probably as some stalling technique to get Quinn off Brody’s tail. And also because, like everything else on Homeland, that makes for some damn good television. —Lindsay Moran
Maybe Abu Nazir’s plot isn’t finished yet!
Why did Nazir kidnap Carrie? Was it to blackmail Brody into killing the man he always wanted to kill? Or was it to make Carrie think that Brody did it to save her? Was the end game to both kill the VP and compromise Carrie by rescuing her (as Nazir compromised Brody by rescuing him)? Every phone call from Nazir to Brody regarding Carrie being held captive was made in front of Carrie. She witnessed it all. But she didn't see [Brody] killing the VP. It was his mission for a long time. I don't think this ends with Quinn killing Carrie's true love. It ends with Carrie eventually figuring out she's been played and maybe killing Brody. This is not a love story. — Marion (comment on the Week 11 TV Club discussion)
The big unanswered question is why Abu Nazir, the most wanted man in the world, is (was?) in America. Even the show's writers acknowledged how impossible that seemed, so what explains it? What could he accomplish here that he couldn't from abroad, and what would have been so important to him to risk death/capture when he was basically a ghost only a little while ago? Nazir wasn't in the van with the other baddies, so he wasn't going to be an "attacker" in the returning soldiers plot (personal involvement not being the M.O. of terrorist leaders). He didn't need to be here to get to the veep. So why his presence? My guess: Letting Carrie go was the clue. He had to know that she would identify his location. He didn't run, meaning he had to know that he would get captured or killed. He chose to die—but in a way that left his body in tact. My guess is that he came here to die, and his target is his own funeral. — Adam Masin (comment on the Week 11 TV Club discussion)
I’m Team Nussbaum on this: Brody has to have been part of the Abu Nazir plot. There must be some plan for violence beyond what’s current. That’s what his silence in response to Jess’ “Does Carrie know everything?” was about. Otherwise, what happens in the finale? They try to kill Brody, Carrie finds out, they bring down Estes? Oh wait, that’s actually plausible. —Julia Turner
Or maybe everyone’s wrong about everything!
Carrie finds a dermatologist and demands an overdose of Botox so her face will stop quivering. Brody decides he actually loves Jessica; he and Mike thumb-wrestle for her love. At the urging of Les Moonves and every other man in America, Jessica spends the entire episode topless, setting up a spinoff next year called Spy, Stripper, MILF, Wife. Armed only with a stale knish and a single Hanukkah candle, Saul escapes from the secure interrogation room. Later, he eats the candle but not the knish; we're never told why. Estes and Quinn come out and become the first gay interracial couple to marry in Maryland. Roya is heartbroken. Dana poisons Finn, forcing Mrs. Walden into hiding to escape the wrath of the Brodys. And, oh yeah, Galvez is the mole. —Alex Berenson
Season 2 ends with Carrie waking from the electroshock she underwent at the end of season 1. — James Poniewozik of Time magazine (on Twitter)
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