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Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), Homeland
Brody's failed attempt to assassinate the vice president with a suicide vest in Season 1 finale wasn't always intended to fail. "Ultimately, we felt that there's just more to tell between Brody and Carrie," executive producer Alex Gansa told TVGuide.com at the time. "So, we decided to keep him alive. Also, Showtime really wanted Damian Lewis around for another year." The Brody-Carrie relationship turned some viewers off in Season 2, which featured Brody again escaping punishment for his terrorist ties by working as a double agent for the CIA and ended with him escaping the country with Carrie's help after his car was used to blow up Langley. Season 3 has been Brody-light, and even though he suffered some gnarly wounds and is living in a Caracas slum, for now, he's still breathing.