Colour me disappointed. It just won’t do Homeland! Why do American script writers keep on having whole seasons wiped out at the end of the season? Why do we have to endure the whole Bobby re-emerging from the shower scenario so we can go back to square one?
In this elongated episode – elongated by adverts only I suspect – Carrie and Brody had lots of woodland walks and romantic clinches while talking repeatedly about how their relationship might just work out afterall. The only thing missing from the happy ending was “putting on a show for the townsfolk, right here in this barn” – oh and the bombing spectacular which of course had been telegraphed all the way through.
I suppose the writers think they were brave to get rid of Estes, the VP, Finn and so many others in one explosive scene but to be frank there was nowhere else they could have taken those characters so it was almost inevitable. I suppose we should be happy that Saul had been conveniently released just in time to be the lead professional on site in the aftermath – but why was he released and on whose orders? Why were Carrie and Brody so suddenly lustful that they left a memorial ceremony for a clinch in an upper floor office? It also didn’t ring true that the VPs memorial service would have been in the CIA buildings at all. Don’t they normally do these things in the Cathedral? Moreover, wouldn’t the surly daughter Dana have gone to the funeral to be a support to Finn even although they were estranged at the time?
So, who do we suspect as the mole? Brody obviously – maybe playing the long game. Carrie’s surveillance team mate – he seemed to be following her at one point in the series rather than Brody and my personal favourite Quinn. Quinn suddenly saying he only killed bad guys was a bit suspect wasn’t it? He’d already marked Estes card on a personal level and he had stayed Brody’s execution twice – once on orders and once against them. How much easier it would be to have Brody as the fall guy.
I did think that the filming of Abu Nazir being sent to a watery grave and the laying out of the victims of the bombing was beautifully shot in blues, whites and greys.
I don’t know if I will watch the next season even although there are many unanswered questions like Saul’s wife being suddenly back on the scene, Carrie being allowed to return to the CIA? Seriously? Brody trying to survive alone. Abu Nazir’s ability to play such a long game without Brody’s collusion?