Homeland’s latest season comes to an end on Channel 4 next week Sunday. Season 2 has been good but has struggled to maintain the same level of intense suspense you got with Season 1.
It was always going to be a struggle. The central and the most intriguing question about Brody “Was he or wasn’t he a terrorist” was largely answered at the end of the first season.
With Season 2 we got to know a bit more detail. We know that the CIA know what Brody was up to. We know Carrie Mathison struggles with her bipolar disorder but despite her increasingly erratic, slightly incredulous, bulging eyed almost maniacal behavior she still delivers when it really matters.
Most of all we know the main protagonist of the two series, Abu Nazir has been found and killed. Although I am still unclear as to why he came to the USA in the first place.
What we have left are the sub plots of Brody’s marriage breakdown, Estes trying to get Saul kicked out of the Agency, Peter Quinn plotting to kill Brody, and who the hell was the Mole?
Will these sub-plots be enough to sustain a third season or will the final programme of season two sow the seeds of a whole new plot line to drive it forward?
It is a tricky situation because the programme has been sustained based on a central theme around Brody. This seems pretty much used up. How they close of Season two will be a big pointer as to whether Homeland goes on for several more seasons or bids us bye after a great Season 1 and good Season 2.
- In Homeland there is no Movember for Abu Nazir! (didyouwatchit.com)
- Channel 4…Did Homeland “Jump the shark” yesterday? (didyouwatchit.com)
- “Homeland” Recap: What a mess (salon.com)