'Homeland' Producers Answer Finale Questions
New 'Homeland' Season 3 Teaser!
Last night's season two finale of Homeland was not only hugely important for the characters, but the show itself since the last string of episodes drew a significant amount of criticism from fans and critics alike. Could one episode re-write all those wrongs?
The answer is yes. And no.
While there were massive strides in the right direction (including the literal and figurative bomb that functioned as a min-reset button for many of the surviving characters), this morning has found countless critics citing Carrie's episode ending decision as one more mistake in a string of bad choices. Personally, I love that season three will be simultaneously about Carrie's public hunt for fugitive Brody and private hunt for the person who seemingly framed him.
To find out what else season three could look like, and look back on the impact of season two, Homeland executive producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon were joined by exiting star David Harewood (R.I.P. David Estes) on a conference call with reporters to talk about the past, present and future of the Emmy-winning series.
Question: What was the thrust of the final season?
Alex Gansa: It was just getting to the moment where Nazir and Walden were dead, and there was this deluded possibility that Carrie and Brody could have a happy ending. Last season ended with Carrie as the only one who believed Brody was guilty and this season ends with Carrie being the only one believes Brody is innocent. That was the rough architecture for the year.
Question: Who moved Brody's car in front of the memorial service?
Gansa: We do have our ever-present mole who could have been responsible for moving the car in front of the auditorium. The investigators are going to believe that Brody was in that car when it exploded [and] he might be considered the one who moved it. If Brody was in his car when that bomb exploded, there's a good chance there would be nothing left of him. He would be incinerated to ash. Those are the possibilities running around in our heads.
Question: Should we believe that Brody is innocent?
Gansa: A lot of people have told me they still have a glimmer of doubt about Brody. If you watch his behavior throughout the finale, it's a little uncertain. Don't forget he was willing to blow himself up in the first season – this very well may have been a suicide play. It's up to you to interpret. We deliberately left the door open a little bit for that possibility. The ambivalence about Brody has been present since the pilot. His motivations and his allegiance have been called into question over and over again. I don't think you can end that definitely. I'm sure Carrie will have a moment or two of doubt next season if he was convincing in his arguments.