'Homeland' Star Damian Lewis Says No Finale Could Have Pleased All Fans
[Warning: Spoilers ahead from Sunday's season three finale, "The Star"]
Three days after the Homeland finale, the requisite "spoiler alert" seems like little more than a formality. Damian Lewis, who capped off his three seasons playing Nicholas Brody swinging from a noose, is now a free agent.
As showrunner Alex Gansa told The Hollywood Reporter in the immediate aftermath of the episode, the Emmy-winning actor has had nearly a year to deal with his divisive alter ego's demise. And now that the secret has become public knowledge, Lewis chatted with THR about saying goodbye to one of the most significant roles of his career.
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In addition to reflecting on Brody's strange state of mind during his finale days, the actor also offers his opinion on the double-edged sword of eighty-sixing a lead character -- and reveals the one thing he won't miss about the Showtime drama.
You've kept this secret for a long time. What was it like on set when it was finally out in the open?
It wasn't talked about, ever. If anyone else knew, they were very discreet. I don't think people really know how to talk about these things. People aren't sure how the actor or actress feel about it, whether they want people to know or not, if it irritates them...one way or the other, it just never gets talked about. Around the penultimate episode, I started joking about it with the crew. And when I left North Carolina for the last episodes [in Morocco], the crew presented me with a signed photo. Everyone knew it was over, but no one really talked about it.
I'm assuming things became more transparent in the last episode.
With Claire [Danes], we both just said we'd miss working with each other. It was just an extraordinary and happy job to work on. And when we filmed our last night of season three, it was the execution scene. It's unusual when things fall that way. We filmed all the way though the night until 7 in the morning. Everyone was pretty raw and exhausted, so we all just said goodbye with a lump in the throat and a tear in the eye. And that was it.
There was no way the final scene between Brody and Dana (Morgan Saylor) was going to end well. Did you want to give that relationship closure like that?
I think it was essential, and it justified having as much as Dana as there was in the first half of the season when viewers really invested time with her. I was very happy when I read it to see him rejected like that by her, but that's the last time he sees her. This act of redemption that he goes on, somewhere in the back of his mind I think he hopes he'll one day make it public and tell his family what he does -- which, of course, he never would have been able to. His need to prove himself to his family was as strong as his need to prove himself to himself or Carrie or to do something for America.