Hello. Sunday night marked Homeland's penultimate episode of season 2. Usually penultimates are known for being one of two types of episodes. 1) They are filler episodes; barely leaving us with any new information and mostly getting us psyched out for the actual finale, or 2) complete cliff hangers, almost finale worthy [i.e. last night's episode of Gossip Girl before it's series finale next Monday!]
Anyways, I would definitely say that Homeland this week was a complete mix of both. On one end we're given the HUGE resolve with the death of Abu Nassir, on the other end we see the episode end with a simple amicable, yet loving exchange between Brody and Carrie. I loved that we see Jess finally letting go of trying to save the marriage and realizing that it's best for them to walk away now.
On another minor note -- the Danny Galvez accusation?! Um. I think that was a totally unnecessary and out of the BLUE! And literally took up, what, 5 minutes of the plot?! Thank you?? Sorry it really annoyed me. For a second I was actually really intrigued because I thought wow finally they give Danny more a purpose as a character on this show but then I realized how farfetched this idea sounded and just watched it play out. It was so random too that Carrie's only reason for it being accurate was that Danny was a Muslim. She's the least racist or stereotypical person on the show and for her to play that card was a really low blow. I think they need to have more of a one-on-one with him and actually show an explanation being given to Danny. And an apology to say the least! That was very off-putting in my opinion. Other than that though --
I keep thinking what they can do next with the third season of this show now that Abu Nassir is dead. Knowing them, they have a million amazing ways to go from here, but it's just an initial shock that he's really dead now. I loved all the scenes of Carrie just looking at his dead body and even her many glances into the mirrors around her this episode. Her facial expressions carry so much thought and emotion. I loved that she has finally reached a sense of closure after running after this terrorist for a huge chunk of her career.
I still am in sheer and utter confusion regarding this new shady side of Estes we're seeing. I don't get why he needs Saul out of his way so bad? Why is he trying so hard to get rid of Brody now of all times? It's really confusing. They made us think that Quinn was the bad guy in episode 10 but now it's just the mission itself that seems shady.
All in all, can't wait for an epic finale on Sunday night. And congrats to Showtime for reaching epic record viewer ratings this past week! Oh, and thank you Gossip Girl for the Homeland reference. Made my day.