Despite plentiful foreshadowing, the death of 'Brody', played by Damian Lewis on Showtime's Homeland, has some fans unsure about where the show can possibly go from here.
Going in to it's fourth season, it's easy to forget that the highly-lauded original series was conceived as a vehicle for the show's star, Claire Danes. Even her character's name, "Carrie," simply rearranges and switches out one single letter to spell Dane's first name. And as actor Damian Lewis who, let's be honest, many folks confused with Damien Lewis, knew that "taking this job, that Brody’s life expectancy was not as long as the other characters."
So, let's look into what we do know about what shape Homeland might take when it reurns in 2014:
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Q: Would love to know if Mandy Patinkin will remain a series regular for Season 4 of Homeland.
Ausiello: He will. As (showrunner) Alex Gansa all but confirmed to me, Carrie will likely recruit Saul (now a private contractor) to work with her in Istanbul.
“As she mentioned to Sen. Lockhart, she gets to choose her own people,” the EP noted. “So Quinn, Fara… Virgil and possibly Max, may come along with her. We get to bring some of our familiar faces overseas.”
After successfully pulling off the "suicide mission" of killing Iranian military leader Danesh Akbari, Brody seemed poised to cheat death once again and possibly start a new life with Carrie and their future-baby. But CIA Director Lockhart (Tracy Letts) destroyed any hope for a happily-ever-after when he turned Brody over to the Iranian Republican Guard in order to protect Javadi (Shaun Toub) as an American asset for the future. Brody was hanged in public while Carrie watched, their eyes locking as the life was choked out of him.
Q: Will you look for a new male lead to fill the Brody void?
Gansa: (No.) I think that is all going to squarely land on Claire Danes' shoulders now. It's really (Carrie's) her show, and where Peter Quinn fits into that, where Fara fits into that, and where Saul fits into that is going to be a process of discovery.
Q: Why was now the time to kill Brody, as opposed to earlier seasons?
Gansa: There was a sense...among the writers... that the story had really come to an end. The big idea was that Brody had started to view himself as a cockroach, as someone who is un-killable and who brought misery wherever he went. And once that dawned on Brody — and once he realized the idea of redemption was a bankrupt idea —one thing led to another. These were the bigger thematic ideas that were swirling around our decision to bring this particular chapter of Homeland to a close.
Q:...Carrie seems unsure about keeping that baby after it's born. Given this finale, it seems you can go almost anywhere you want next season with the show.
Gansa: I think that's true...There are ideas swirling around that you saw in the finale. Do we follow Carrie overseas and watch her do what she was trained to do as a case officer in a foreign capital somewhere? What to do with the baby? These are all open questions...