If you were wanting a “Homeland” episode full of jaw-dropping moments, you really had it courtesy of what we saw Sunday night. Brody and Jess are seemingly over, Saul is out of work with the CIA (mostly because he is too good at his job), and Abu Nazir is dead. The only major loose end still to tie up is the issue of whether or not Quinn is going to be able to kill Brody, and do it in a way that does not lead to Carrie finding out about it.
Based on what we saw at the end of the episode, this is going to now be a rather difficult thing for him to do. Is Quinn going to be willing to kill one of his own in order to take down the target? As executive producer Alex Gansa explains to Entertainment Weekly, Damian Lewis and Claire Danes’ characters are going to be spending plenty of time together during the episode:
“The final episode is called ‘The Choice,’ and what I can say about it is Walden is dead. Nazir is dead. So we’ve sort of left the thriller aspects of the show behind and now we come to a very personal story about Carrie and Brody and all the obstacles that lie in the way of them being together. That is what the finale is about. It’s a real character study of these two people, where they’ve come from, how they regard each other, and whether or not there’s a future for them.”
In some ways from our perspective, it has always felt like Carrie and Brody together is more of a fantasy than reality. The characters’ affection for each other has always come courtesy of some sort of stakes related to a job. How do they each function as people, especially when they effectively know so little about each other at the end of the day? The entire makeup of season 3 is going to be based largely on what we see unfold during this episode.
If you want to see one of the first photos from the “Homeland” finale, you can do so over at the link here.