After an exceptional fourth season that was quite literally explosive at several points, Homeland went out with a relative whimper on Sunday night.
"Long Time Coming" provided viewers with a few answers (some of which were to questions we didn't even know we had), but also many other larger, looming questions about who's working with whom.
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Question: The mid-season finale of Arrow certainly got the fans talking, but it was Stephen Amell's tweet of "It was a good run" that sent the fandom into a tizzy with speculation of his and the character of Oliver Queen/Arrow leaving the series. Amell further fanned the flames when he took to Facebook noting that Arrow was more then just about Oliver Queen. And the executive producer stated this episode would change the series. All of this feels like blatant fan manipulation beyond normal entertainment standards. I'm in serious doubt that we saw Oliver "die," and feel it is all part of the next evolution of his experiences as The Arrow, but it did get me to wonder, can a show like Arrow continue to be successful, even on a smaller network like The CW, should the decision be made to kill off the main character? You've already fielded questions about the "Laurel Lance/Black Canary problem," and there are many out there who feel she is the weakest link when it comes to the Arrow narrative, but there are some strong supporting characters in Arrow's cast. That being said, we've spent the last three years invested in the story of Oliver Queen as Arrow. What are your thoughts on a situation such as this? — Chris
Eric Stonestreet, Gina Rodriguez
What a difference a day makes, right? After the Screen Actors Guild Awards went with the new, the Golden Globes went — as usual — with the new Thursday. Check out our Globes surprises and snubs, and then tell us yours.
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Fargo, True Detective, The Affair and a bunch of new faces topped Thursday's Golden Globe nominations.
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Fargo led the way with five nods, including for TV movie/limited series, where it'll compete opposite True Detective, The Normal Heart, The Missing and Olive Kitteridge.
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Ty Burrell, Tatiana Maslany
Modern Family led Wednesday's Screen Actors Guild Award nominations with four, while Tatiana Maslany finally scored her first major industry mention.
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Maslany (Orphan Black), who received a Golden Globe nomination last year, will face off in drama actress against Claire Danes (Homeland), Viola Davis (How to Get Away with Murder), Julianna Margulies (The Good Wife), defending ...
Victoria Clark, Claire Danes
Tony Award-winning stage actress Victoria Clark is joining Showtime's Homeland in a key role, Entertainment Weekly reports.
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[Warning: This article contains major spoilers aboutSunday's episode of Homeland. Read at your own risk!]
Dear Homeland producers:
Nicholas Brody is dead. Let the man rest in peace.
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Season 4 premiere of Homeland. Read at your own risk.]
Homeland's Carrie Mathison certainly won't be winning any Mother of the Year awards any time soon.
On the Showtime drama's two-hour season premiere, it became clear that Carrie (Claire Danes) had purposefully chosen a CIA posting in Kabul, Afghanistan that wouldn't allow her to bring along her new daughter, Frannie. Instead, the baby was being cared for by Carrie's sister and father stateside, whom Carrie occasionally checks in with via Skype.
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But after one of Carrie's drone strikes kills dozens of civilians...
Bye bye, Brody.
Once the creative team behind Homeland (finally) decided to kill off Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) in the Season 3 finale, they realized they could pretty much take the hit Showtime drama anywhere they wanted.
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"There's no question that we closed a big chapter of the show last season when we dispatched with Nicholas Brody, and there's no question that at the beginning of this year, we really sat down and realized that it was tabula rasa," co-creator and executive producer Alex Gansa tells TVGuide.com....
Rupert Friend, Claire Danes
If last season (and the last parts of the season before) left you wanting to run away from Showtime's Homeland, the good news is that it's safe to come back. The show may never again achieve the intensely suspenseful and emotional heights of year one, with its psychosexual tango between Carrie and the enigmatic war hero/possible terrorist tool Brody, and I'm still not convinced that basket-case analyst Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) should be posted anywhere hotter than Antarctica. But this Emmy-winning international spy thriller suddenly feels much more topical and urgent again in its fourth season, where the only remaining remnant of the Brody storyline is the infant daughter — a ginger baby, naturally (hauntingly Damian Lewis in aspect) — whom Carrie bore after witnessing the father's cruel fate.