" The more compromised Homeland storytelling is to keep Brody alive... It's the Showtime executives who write that version."
Brody was originally to be killed off at the end of Homeland's first season, detonating a vest bomb to kill himself, the vice president and his advisors. But after the relationship between Brody and Mathison became a heavy fan favorite, the storyline changed. "I think simply for creative and artistic reasons, the writers want to kill me," Lewis explains. "There are so many compelling and devastating story lines that would just be great TV and theater. . . The more compromised storytelling is to keep him alive and to keep him bubbling along somehow. It's the executives who write that version." --Damian Lewis
From the looks of it, season three has the potential to be the most exciting one yet for the Emmy-winning political thriller. We may poke a little fun at the program, but when it comes down to it, all the absurdities, logic leaps and general craziness that happens on the series is what makes us love it so damned much.
So, while we may not know exactly what's going to go down in season three, you might as well just reserve our seat for the premiere now, because one thing's for sure – we're bound to see an awful lot of Carrie's famous cry-face while Saul tells her how sorry he is for something he had nothing to do with. But we wouldn't have it any other way.
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As much as I enjoy Showtime content, when the executives overrule the creatives simply because "fans like" how a storyline is going or the ratings, regardless of the quality of the material, are high enough that the love of $$$ is what drives programming choices, the end results make only the executives happy.
To wit, Weeds: Love, love, love, Mary-Louise Parker. Her Showtime vehicle, Weeds, should have finished in it's fifth season, not eighth.
Dexter: Love, love, Love, Jennifer Carpenter and Michael C. Hall.
Loved Dexter the show through season 5 (technically, through the second-to-last episode of season 5). Should have ended it there, not dragged it out to an ending that was uniformally reviled.
Californication, starring David Duchovny-- still plugging along, going into it's seventh season. It is way past it's expiration date.
What all of these shows, as disparate as they seem have in common, are really strong leads. I keep watching despite plot holes, sometimes hugely implausible storylines and often unexplained out-of-character behaviour because I love the the characters and more specifically, the actors bringing them to life.
But I'd rather part with them a season or two (or three) 'early' than to see them limp off into the sunset.
This can't simply be an executive decision when the 7-year contracts are up and they get extended. Someone is caving to the draw of the almighty greenback. Since I don't know the specifics I won't do any calling out of names. I just hope Claire Danes of Homeland whose work I've loved since she was a teenager, has the sense to end things on her own terms when the time comes.