Did you watch Homeland last night? If not, beware of spoilers…
Brody’s back! But last night’s episode brought more questions than answers:
How did he get from Canada to Caracas? Why was he in Colombia? How does he end up in the hands of a Venezuelan gang? What is up with the creepy American doctor? Why do they keep trying to pump Brody full of drugs? Why do they want to hold him there? Are they trying to help him? If so, why do they end up locking him in a dungeon? What is their connection to Carrie? How do they know that he’s gone to the mosque? How do they manage to get there just as the police do?
Three quarters through the episode, we started to flip back and forth between Brody and Carrie, and the very unsubtle parallel between them, both being held against their will with no way out. Carrie’s still in a psychiatric ward, where she somehow manages to convince a nurse to a) not turn her in for bashing her head against a mirror and b) to let her out to see her visitor even though she’s not yet allowed visitors. Which raises another question: How does she manage to convince people to let her get away with these things? She says she isn’t crazy, but the wide eyes and shuddering lower lip aren’t massively convincing.
It was a bit of a slow start last night, but by the end of it I was fully back on board. I can’t wait for next week!
First of all, I should say that I agree with all of Katie’s questions. For me, the episode was reminiscent of the Buffy musical episode or the black and white X Files special. It seemed a little too early for an episode devoted almost entirely to Brody but absolutely necessary for the plot development. I especially liked the doctor. For me, he felt a little like Silva in Skyfall – completely unnerving throughout, he could be the best addition to the series yet. A character so poised on a knife-edge and ready to flip at any minute that he brings some much-needed tension to the ensemble. But how exactly do they know so much about Carrie? I would have liked a little more background on how Brody ended up in Caracas but perhaps this is all to be saved for a future episode. One thing is clear – I cannot see how he is going to escape unless he forms a union with the head honcho’s daughter. It was easy to see what the scriptwriters had in mind for this episode: stress that Brody and Carrie are still inextricably linked through their shared and unwanted dependence on drugs and their mutual despair. One thing is certain – next week will be explosive (hopefully).
Laura, Blue Door Books
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After watching the Homeland season 3 trailer, and reading Carrie’s Run (which gives you an insight into her life before series 1), we cannot wait for the next series to start! The last episode ended on such a cliff hanger (there might be spoilers below if you haven’t seen it yet) so a few of us decided to put our heads together an speculate on what might happen next season…
‘I think the next season of HOMELAND will be the most unpredictable one yet. After the ending to the last series (ONE SMALL SPOILER-ALERT) and Brody now in hiding, I think we’ll be spending a lot more time with Carrie as she does what she’s best at: snooping and generally upsetting everyone before they realize that she is both correct and awesome. I also think we’ll be looking much more closely at Saul, as Carrie’s mentor and possibly as a double (or even triple) agent. Surely Saul Berenson isn’t a traitor – is he? IS HE? Either way, I will stand by Saul because he’s my hero. God bless him, and God bless Homeland.’ Emad
‘I’ve always been a huge fan of Saul but I wonder if we are going to see a darker side of his character in this third series – will he want Carrie to still be in the picture given her association with Brody and the *spoiler klaxon to non-Homelanders* bomb that concluded the second series and wiped out half of the cast? Only one thing is certain to my mind: Carrie will have yet another breakdown whilst she waits for Brody’s return and Dana will be as annoying as ever! I can’t wait!’ Laura
‘The end of the last episode was such a shock, I can’t wait until everything kicks off again. When Carrie miraculously turned up after Saul had already started to mourn her, I’m sure he’ll put two and two together and figure out that her story doesn’t quite add up, and that she is protecting Brody. He’s been so lenient towards her throughout both series – how many times can she go off the deep end only to be accepted back into the fold? I think she might have taken things too far this time…’ Katie
‘Even though it drives me crazy with its implausibility, I’m tingling with anticipation for Season 3 of Homeland. Following the end of Season 2, it looks as if Saul is now top dog at the CIA – how long before he has to compromise his moral code? Carrie and Brody will obviously find a way to meet – it would be a massive waste of their chemistry otherwise. There will be lots of shouting, a bit of shooting and probably some shagging. Dana will do some pouting. Carrie will do her brilliant crying face. Brody will look broodingly enigmatic. None of it will make that much sense, but we’ll keep watching anyway. I CANNOT WAIT!’ Sarah
If you can’t wait for the new series either, make sure you pick up Carrie’s Run. A fantastic page-turning thriller where you’ll find out exactly what happened to Carrie before season 1..