So now all I have is the next season in my head. I know some are speaking out about this show taking a dive, but I still love it. It takes me on a ride and the players intrigue me, so it’s still a must watch in my book.
My apologies to Peter. He’s an analyst who was given biased and strategic information that benefited Estes. I was so glad to see the wheels turning in his head out at the cabin. Even better, the scene in Estes’ bedroom. Peter was absolutely right. Estes has had a hard on (pardon the pun) for Carrie and I’m sure he blames her for making him sleep with her and lose his family. When Estes phones him and Peter reports that Brody’s with Carrie, the “Jesus, she’s unbelievable” line may have set that Peter’s realizations in motion. His retort to Estes, asking if he’s ever made a mistake in his romantic life before was golden. Peter’s bedroom speech, however, was for those who didn’t see Estes’ agenda or for viewers like me, who were unsure as to where he still stood. There was no threat to the nation and Estes would never rise politically. Killing Brody would kill Carrie. That would crush her much in the way Estes already had. Kaboom.
Carrie and Brody’s future talk is so futile. It can never be on many fronts. The CIA is her life. Oh and Brody’s a cold-blooded killer who is basically handing his kids over to another man without shedding a tear. I get them feeling that they are each other’s safe place, but that’s all it could be. He says he’s in, she says she needs to think. Her life is her work.
Saul being held in that CIA office for three days is a travesty. Saul being branded as crazy by Estes just shows that absolute power corrupts absolutely. Estes releases Saul but won’t put any egg on his swanky suit. . “Is he dead?” No. I decided you were right so I called it off. The report against Saul is being redacted. Why? “Maybe I’m just giving an old guy a break.”
Brody returns home to get a suit for the Vice President’s funeral. He sees that Jessica has been packing his things up. I think she can’t wait for that normal life she had with Mike. Dana is the only one at home and she basically tells her dad that she knows things weren’t legit that day of the near bombing. Certainly not her mother’s daughter.
Saul and Carrie embrace at the CIA. Walk out with me, he says. Saul has a plan to make her the youngest station chief in the CIA. She’s shocked. Now she’s facing her dream coming true and, well, Brody. Saul notices she’s not , joy joy about this news. “What’s changed?” He answers his own question. He reminds Carrie who Brody is. The man who put on a suicide vest. That’s what’s called a ‘red flag’ in the dating world. It’s crystal clear, you can’t be with him. She’s defensive and it’s like watching a father and daughter argue. “You are the dumbest and the smartest fucking person I’ve ever known.” Love that line.
At the funeral, Brody arrives and the widow of the man he helped kill comes up and grabs his hands. Inside, Brody shakes the hand of the man who wanted him dead by now, Estes. I get an uneasy feeling here, like something is going to happen. Estes gives a eulogy on Bill Walden and Carrie slips out of the chapel when he’s done. Brody does as well. They go into the CIA building and she tells him her choice. She wants to be with him. She’s excited like a school girl and they start kissing.
Meanwhile, out at sea, Saul is there to witness the Muslim prayers over Nazir who will be ‘OBL’d into the ocean. These scenes are juxtaposed. Nazir’s funeral, Carrie and Brody in the office and Walden’s funeral. Something is definitely happening.
At the love scene, Brody looks out and notices that his car has been moved right next to the chapel. Before you could say “What the hell?” It explodes, ripping through the funeral service and blowing Carrie and Brody to the ground. This is the BIG event Nazir was planning for. Duh us! The body count is staggering. Carrie loads her weapon and points it at Brody. He denies that this is him. Brody tries to reason with Carrie, telling her this was Nazir. She snaps out of her panic and tells him that he needs to get out of there.
Jessica, the kids and Mike watch the events on the television with horror. Well, Jessica just has that same gaping mouth/annoyed look she’s had the entire season. Special Agents show up. They have to search the house and question the family. Dana blurts out that he didn’t do it. He was totally fine. She avoids telling them the content of the conversation. Suddenly, the video of Brody in his uniform from the first attempted bombing is playing on the television. Boom. He’s outed to the world now.
Carrie and Brody arrive at a storage shelter. She has an ‘insurance policy there.’ Passports, cash, etc. Time to bug out of the country. Carrie and Brody arrive at her passport maker guys office. He takes Brody’s picture and asks if they’re getting the full monty of identification to bail. They look up and see the television and the video of Brody. A militant group sent the message and the tape to news outlets. “Fuck me.” Brody says. Well that face can’t be seen anywhere now, fake ID or not. Carrie tosses his phone. He cannot reach out to his family.
At the crime scene, Saul learns that the remaining Walden family and Estes were killed. Sidebar: Is THIS what that whole Dana and Finn hit and run was about? To make us hate the kid and not react over his death? If so, I call bullshit and think the audience deserved a lot better than this.
Over 200 perished and under 30 are injured. Saul doesn’t see Carrie’s name on the list. He’s told about the bomb being found in Brody’s car. He asks the agents for a minute and he calls Carrie’s phone, just to get the voice mail. With anguish and concern in his voice, he asks her to call him back. He stands in the wreckage and Mira rings him. She’s’ checking to see if he’s ok. She asks about Carrie. “Gone.” Mira says she’s coming back. Yes, he needs her. Saul deserves the kindness of his wife.
Carrie and Brody drive in the night. She has a plan to get to a cabin over the border. They get out of the car and she decides she’s not going. She just can’t. They were so close. Brody says this was love. Carrie wants to clear his name. They kiss and I keep expecting him to snap her neck. “Good-bye love.” She survived that. He disappears into the woods.
Saul stands among the covered bodies and gives a Jewish prayer. Carrie walks in and calls his name. He turns to her and smiles. Damien Lewis is the king of the poker face with a smidge of Jim Carrey. You just don’t know what this man is thinking or what his words mean, much less, what he’s going to do next.
What is he going to do next?