Homeland Season 3: Next on Episode 12 VIDEO
In the third season finale, Saul plans a last ditch rescue operation as Brody struggles to find redemption.
Homeland season 3 Finale 3x12 "The Star" Episode Description -
Season 3 ends with security forces closing in on Carrie and Brody, and Brody struggling to find redemption. Meanwhile, Saul plans a last-ditch rescue mission. Credit: Showtime
Homeland Season 3: On Location in Morocco VIDEO
The cast and crew discuss filming the last two episodes of the third season of Homeland in Morocco.
Homeland Season 3: Episode 11 - Behind the Episode VIDEO
Alex Gansa discusses Brody's journey to redeem himself.
I think it is interesting that Homeland show-runner Alex Gansa say that it is his opinion that in Homeland's penultimate episode, Brody (Damian Lewis) did not 'go off the ranch' and change his mind about killing Akbari on behalf of the United States. Just as Carrie (Claire Danes) believed; completing the mission called for him to improvise after a face-to-face alone with General Akbari was foiled and the previously agreed-upon plans went up in smoke.
I don't necessarily concur with opinions I've seen here and there that Brody "changes his mind all the time". I think people sort of forget how horribly damaged Brody's psyche is, that he has been a tool of both foreign and the American government and what is being called "indecisiveness" is more emotional and mental damage.
Anyway, he's never wavered--for a second-- from his Islamic faith and he's never wavered in his love for his daughter. Both those things are of paramount importance to Brody. Homeland episode 11 showed that he fully realizes just how used he was when he was taken prisoner and brainwashed--and how everything that followed--all the really awful things--stemmed from Nazir and Akbari's desire to use him as a weapon against the United States.
Above: Damian Lewis as Brody in Homeland (Cr: Showtime). The season 3 finale airs on Dec. 15 @ 8c/9p
Even though the last thing he said to Carrie after he kills General Akbari is "get me out of here", it would seem that would be nearly impossible for her to achieve. But, the fact that the season finale synopsis says that "Season 3 ends with security forces closing in on Carrie and Brody" and that Brody (struggles) to find redemption" indicates to me that somehow Carrie was successful at getting Brody out of Akbari's heavily-guarded office. I'm hugely curious to see how that transpires.
Showtime has left the season finale a total mystery. The promo video has a new voiceover by Brody over a montage of scenes from the wreckage of his life and that of everyone he touched, but no new scenes.
Will Brody, who was initially scheduled to be killed off at the end of the first Homeland season, finally have his wretched soul released from this mortal plane? One would hope.
After that, the question is what will single mom Carrie do about the impending arrival of a baby? We could time-jump a couple of years, which would also make Saul's (Mandy Patinkin) lack of a beard less jarring (Patinkin, who portray's Saul, shaved off the two-year growth as soon as he finished filming Homeland season 3). All of these and more questions shall be gradually answered over the next 9 months or so.