'Homeland' Season Finale: Will Brody Die? (And Should He?)

Sunday night's season finale promises unexpected twists and turns -- but the big question is whether Brody will make it to Season 3

Even for a show known for its subversive plotlines, Homeland offered more than its share of out-of-nowhere twists in Season 2. And that means, of course, that anything can happen in the finale (Showtime, Sunday at 10 p.m. ET).

"When I got the script for the finale, I could not get over what [the writers] did; what they achieved," said Mandy Patinkin (who plays CIA agent Saul Berenson) in a recent interview with SiriusFM. "I will guarantee that [viewers] will not be disappointed. I certainly wasn’t, I couldn’t get over what was on those pages."

That's quite a tease, especially since he offered nothing more. But based on the complicated characters and relationships that Homeland has already built, there are a plethora of fascinating ways to wrap up this year's story.

In sweeping terms, Brody (Damien Lewis) is an American POW-turned-terrorist whose torturer/mentor Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) tasks him with killing the American VP. But Brody is forcefully turned back again when CIA agents discover his secret, arrest him, and coerce him to work for them as a double agent in lieu of going to prison. Throughout most of Season 2, he's worked for the CIA. 

But things are not always as they seem on this show. As of the last episode, he has killed the VP (and relished the moment) at the bidding of Nazir, but only, presumably, to save the life of Claire Danes' CIA Agent character, Carrie Mathison, whom Nazir had kidnapped. Ultimately, when Nazir is killed, Brody cries bitterly. In the episode's closing moments, he ends his marriage with Jess (Morena Baccarin) and arrives on Carrie's doorstep. CIA black ops agent Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) is waiting outside her house, poised to kill him.

Brody and Carrie are, presumably, in love. But both have shown a knack for feigning false emotions, and both have psychological and emotional issues that make them question their own feelings. Carrie would be horrified to learn about Quinn's intent to kill Brody, but it's possible that Quinn knows more about Brody than he's letting on. Carrie suspects, but doesn't know, that Quinn himself is an agent who spies on other agents. 

You can't help rooting for Carrie and Brody, those two tortured souls, to end up together. But that wouldn't be a proper Homeland ending. This show's modus operandi is all about shocking us with new information, details that were right under our noses all along.

Someone will probably die at the end of Homeland, but it's probably not someone we'd expect. And really, we wouldn't want it any other way.

Watch two teasers from the episode below:

 

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