[WARNING: This story contains spoilers from the Season 2 finale of Homeland. Read at your own risk.]
There seemed to be one big question hanging over the second season of Homeland: Could Brody survive another year?
Whether this morbid outlook was derived purely from the story or from the producers' insistence that they almost killed off Brody at the end of Season 1, we may never know for sure. But just like a year ago, the Season 2 finale, "The Choice," was a bit of Homeland having its cake and eating it too...
Homeland co-star Mandy Patinkin knew he had a hit on his hands from the time he read the first script.
"I read the pilot script and I went, 'Oh my God, this stuff is wonderful, I can see the potential,'" he told TVGuide at the Golden Globe Awards. Co-star David Harewood echoed: "It's wonderful to be a part of something where you can't wait to read what's been written."
[SPOILER WARNING: This story reveals key plot elements from Sunday's season finale. Read at your own risk.]
Homeland's first season finale posed the question: Would traitorous Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) actually carry out a suicide bombing directed at the vice president of the United States?
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