The ending of season 2 of Homeland only solidifies the fact, in my mind, that this is one of the best dramas on TV in the last 10 years. I know some people thought the season had it’s moments of unrealism and over-the-top story lines, but I enjoyed it. I have some gripes with Damian Lewis in season 1 as an actor, but those are few and far between. And don’t get me started on terrible-crying-face Claire Danes, but those are trivial issues in the grand scheme of things.
If you haven’t watched the show at all at this point please go back and start at the beginning of season 1 and work your way forward. Whatever you do, do not watch any episodes from season 2 before watching all of season 1. My wife made the mistake of watching half an episode of season 2 before she went back and watched season 1 and there were some things that lost their luster because of it. And along with those same lines, just stop reading this post right now. You’ll thank me later as I’m going to go into a bit of detail about the season 2 finale and my thoughts on what I just watched.
Seriously, if you haven’t watched every single episode of this show stop reading now.
Season 2 took a pretty quick turn right at the beginning. Carrie was called back into action to meet with a contact of hers that refused to talk to anyone else. Having been out of the CIA for months now, she wasn’t sure if it was the right move, but despite what she thinks, she knew she had to meet with this woman for the good of the nation… and it’s a good thing she did. The meeting lead to information about a meeting between Abu Nazir and a Hezbollah commander, and while Nazir managed to escape, after being tipped off by Brody, it lead to a vital piece of information. That information was the memory card containing the video taped confession from Brody about the suicide bombing of the Vice President and his staff that was supposed to take place at the end of season 1. It was this information that allowed the CIA to turn Brody into a resource instead of a target. They used Brody to gather information on what Nazir was planning so that the CIA could prevent whatever it was he had planned. They were successful, or so they thought.
Nazir was killed after taking Carrie hostage and forcing Brody to choose between the Vice President and her, he chose her. And by providing Nazir with the serial number to the Vice President’s pacemaker, he had a direct hand in the Vice President’s death. And that is about where we were going into the finale.
With the Abu Nazir dead, the threat of any attack seems to be the last thing on anyone’s mind, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other villainous plots still lingering. Estes can still be held accountable for the drone strike that killed 83 children, and was subsequently covered up, but there are only a few people that know the truth, Brody and Saul. Estes managed to take care of Saul by blackmailing him. He threatened to release information that would wrap Saul up in bureaucratic bullshit for years, subsequently forcing him to be relieved of his position at the CIA. So with Saul out of the way that only leaves Brody, which is why Quinn was called in to oversee the Brody operation. His endgoal was to assassinate Brody once Nazir was captured, but when it came time to finish his operation, he couldn’t do it. He didn’t agree with what Estes was doing and refused to kill him, and he made it clear that if Brody did end up dead, Estes would as well.
The next day there is a memorial service for the Vice President being held at the CIA offices (I think that’s where they were) and Carrie and Brody attend, but sit in different sections as to not draw attention. Part way through the ceremony, while Estes is talking, Carrie motions to Brody to get up and meet her. The two of them get up and head to an empty office so that Carrie can tell Brody the good news; she chose him over a new job at the CIA. It’s at that point that Brody looks out the window and notices that someone has moved his car to the front of the building, right behind where the memorial service is taking place… and that’s when it happens; the car explodes killing Estes, the Vice President’s Wife and Son as well as 200 other people. Carrie and Brody are blown back to the blast, but survive… leaving Carrie with doubts about whether or not Brody was involved. She helps him escape to Canada as the CIA searches his families house for clues, and the media some how gets a hold of his confession video… Meanwhile, Saul is on an aircraft carrier that is giving Abu Nazir a burial at sea while all of this is going on. When he arrives at the scene his first concern is Carrie, whom he’s told is most likely dead, along with Brody, as nobody who survived knew they got up and left the room. And seeing as how Estes is dead, that leaves Saul in charge.
That’s the gist of it. I have a couple theories about the ending, and these are just theories, one of them a little far fetched, but just go with me for a second. First theory, Brody was behind the bomb. After Nazir’s death it was obvious that Brody was upset, this was his way of getting back at the people that killed Nazir and Isa (sp?). He was prepared to die in the blast, but didn’t plan on Carrie wanting to bail early. I’m not sure how that will all play out in the future, but I think her instinct of pulling a gun on him after the blast went off was right and that she’s second guessing herself again and it’s going to get her in trouble.
My other theory is a little far fetched, but it seems to fit a little better, in my mind at least. Saul was behind it. Forget revenge against Estes for what he did to him, that would be dumb, but there’s more to the story that we don’t know yet. Saul is a Muslim, as we saw by the prayer he was saying for the dead at the very end of the episode, he was also on the ship for Nazir’s burial at sea, which was a traditional Muslim burial (aside from the “at sea” part). Not saying that just because he’s a Muslim, he’s responsible, but think about it for a second. For the past 2 seasons there has been mumblings of a leak in the CIA; someone that has been feeding information to the enemy, yet this leak has never been found nor discussed at length. Every time Saul goes to take a polygraph he purposely tries to throw off the results by either throwing a fit or changing the conversation. He even goes so far as to mention the fact that the polygraphs are unreliable. He’s also very against the assassination of Brody. I get that he knows that with Brody gone, he would be the only other person that knows about the drone strike that killed the children, and Estes would do everything in his power to make sure that information never got out… but maybe it was the fact that Saul knew the full extent of the plan and need to ensure that Brody was still alive in order to frame him. I know it’s a little far fetched, but there are a couple other things that seemed odd to me. How did Brody’s confession tape get to the media? And how would the C4 from the tailor’s gotten into Brody’s car? As I’m typing this, I realized that the leak in the CIA could be someone we haven’t met yet as well, or it could be one of the other people we have met, but I definitely don’t think Brody set this bomb, I think it was an inside job. If it was Saul, that would make for a really interesting season 3, but the more I think about it, he’s too likable of a character for that to be true, so who knows.
Either way, the season finale was amazing, much better than Dexter’s (which was too predictable), and now I’m sad again because I’ve got to wait a whole year to see how things play out.
What did you guys think of the finale? What are your theories on who set the bomb and what’s going to happen?