‘Homeland’ season 2, episode 11 review: How can the finale build on this?

HomelandLast week on “Homeland,” we saw what may very well be the most-polarizing moment in the series’ history as Brody managed to kill the Vice-President in order to save Carrie from Abu Nazir’s clutches. This week, the hunt for the terrorist kicked off … but was it successful? (Warning: the following contains major spoilers.)

After what was an intense (but at time strange) hunt back at the same compound where the CIA initially thought that he had fled from, Abu Nazir was finally shot and killed this week by a team of agents. He has nearly taken down Carrie yet again, and this time around, she really just managed to get lucky courtesy of backup arriving at the right moment.

What unfolds thanks to Nazir’s death, though, is beyond complicated, as there are so many characters at this moment that could be done with this show. Brody seemingly opted to split from Jess at the end of the episode, and instead took off to be with Carrie. The problem with this? Quinn is ready to kill Brody courtesy of some of his orders, and it’s going to be very hard to do it now considering that he is staying with the woman responsible for having the terrorist sect leader killed in the first place. Jess and Brody’s kids seemingly no longer have a place in the world of the show, and the same could even be sad for Saul depending on how involved he chooses to make himself. Estes fired him basically for knowing too much, and he has the polygraph results necessarily to beat him down time and time again if he ever says anything. If Saul is stuck now, we are going to truly miss him, mostly because Mandy Patinkin is the most consistently underrated performer on the show.

It’s so hard to know now just where the already-announced season 3 of this show will go, especially now that there are so many moving parts. Is Brody going to survive, and if so (which seems hard), is the show going to suddenly become him and Carrie on the road fleeing from the agency? While it’s hard to deny that there have been some plausibility issues of late, this was still a striking and powerful episode, even if it cannot touch the greatness of Brody’s initial capture from earlier this season.

What did you think about this episode? If you want to check out a video from this season 2 episode, be sure to head on over to the link here.

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