[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.
Will Brody be a major part of Season 3? Most viewers who thought Brody had to die argued that moving beyond the Brody/Nazir story was necessary for the show. Putting Brody out of sight is one way to move past that story, but given the show's introduction of a new Al Qaeda leader who is setting Brody up, we don't think the show really wants to move past it. We fully expect to see Brody on the lam (though won't that be hard as the world's most-wanted man?) and Carrie trying her best to clear her man's name once and for all. But...
Will Saul trust Carrie? Saul was adamant that Carrie needed to get over Brody and move on with her life. "You're the smartest and dumbest f---ing person I've ever known," he tells her. However, after the bombing, when Brody and Carrie are both presumed dead, Saul appears to be a broken man. The smile on his face when Carrie comes back shows his aching relief. But Saul is surely smart enough to piece together that Carrie helped Brody leave the country. Can he really bring her back into the fold when she helped the prime suspect get away?
What's that, Saul? Many viewers on social media were confused by what Saul was saying in the closing moments, as he stood at the scene of the attack with hundreds of sheet-covered bodies. Turns out he was saying Kaddish, a Jewish prayer of mourning. So, rest easy for now, conspiracy theorists: Saul is still one of the good guys — and from the look of things, the boss next season!
Where was the President? Apparently, this wasn't the true memorial service for the VP. Rather, a CIA tribute to the man who previously led the agency and initiated the drone program.
Do we actually care about Carrie and Brody's "doomed romance"? There's no doubt that Danes and Lewis crackle on screen together, but we honestly prefer their paranoia and mind games to their puppy dog eyes and rainbows. We actually would like to see a broken Carrie put herself together again rather than repeatedly stick her neck out for someone who could still betray her.
What did you think of the finale?