Posted by AnnSophieHamel at Monday, December 16, 2013 20 Comments
Tonight ended the rock road that has been season three. “The Star” was Homeland’s twelfth episode to its third season. I’m still kind of shaking; I did not expect them to actually do it. I did not expect to feel this way at the end of this season; Homeland’s cliffhangers usually aren’t like this. I cried, I don’t usually cry during Homeland. Actually, I don’t usually cry watching TV shows, but yet, there’s still this ball in my throat.
The cast outdid themself tonight. Every scene with Claire Danes tonight seemed to designed to break my heart. I felt the actual pain of Brody's death and I thought of him as an unstable prick. This episode, he redeemed himself, in my eyes at least. One scene, though, made me want to break my TV. After the emotional phone call to Brody, she called Saul for help, but mostly for comfort. He’s her mentor, yes, but also her friend, a father figure. He was so cold. Seriously all you can say is: I’m so sorry. I wanted to punch him in the neck.
Saul, who’s back with his cheating wife (who am I to judge?), is no longer CIA. He’s back at Langley for the ceremony in honor of the military that died on the line of duty. Carrie still believes Brody deserves his star, but Lockhart has different opinions on the matter. America probably still sees Brody as the terrorist who bombed Langley and it would be hard to justify giving him the star. I just don’t agree with any of it. Brody did what was asked of him, he should be allowed his redemption, he should be remembered for the good he’s done. Lockhart used to be the reasonable one in the group, but I agree with Carrie on this one. Brody deserves the Star, his family deserves the truth, he deserves to have his honor back. “You were asked to do a mission on behalf of your country, and you did it. “ The scribbling of the star on the wall made me more emotional than expected. I believe it was Carrie’s farewell to the CIA. They’ll never agree, and I can’t accept that she doesn’t at least secretly blame them for Brody’s death.
We actually witnessed Brody die, I saw it. Yet, a part of me was hoping that, in real soap opera form, he would show up again, alive. I know it would contradict everything, but I don’t know how I feel about Homeland without Brody. Farewell Damian Lewis, you will be missed. (Unless you magically come back!)
See you next year!
Theories: What is going to happen next season?
It’s hard to say. This episode felt more like a series finale, than a season finale. I’m thinking next season will be very different from the first three. Carrie will eventually dump the CIA. Lockhart will not be able to keep her in check the same way Saul could. I’m not sure what Saul is doing in New York, but Carrie will at some point join him.
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