It's amazing the way this show tweaks the audience's allegiances. With Nazir out of the picture and all of his top in-country lieutenants in custody, ending the external threat to the American public, the game shifts to the surviving players on the American side. And on that front, I'm rooting for the mentally ill, unprofessional CIA cast out and the domestic terrorist that just murdered the vice president to take down the deputy director of the CIA, under whose leadership the number one Islamic terrorist cell has just been brought to justice. Because as an audience member the macropolitics and my personal patriotism don't come into it. What I'm watching for is the human beings. And on the human being level, Walden was a total schmuck and Estes is a total schmuck. Carrie and Brody, for all their multitude of other flaws, operate from a place on integrity. They answer to themselves in a way that Walden and Estes never have. The interesting pivot point is Quinn: over the course of the season, he's come to respect the hell out of what Carrie is uniquely able to accomplish. He admires her, and on certain things he trusts her judgment implicitly. He also knows that Estes is a self-serving d-bag who's assassinating Brody to cover his own ass. Quinn has no love of Brody, and presumably agrees with the mission's endgame even if he doesn't agree with the motivation. He was put in the position he's in because he gets it done. But unlike Estes, he's not a d-bag. Will he risk harming Carrie to take out Brody? Will he decide the whole thing's become too big of a fucking mess and go over Estes's head? A lot depends on what he decides.
The scene in the car tonight was fantastic. I admit, I kept waiting for a bullet to wiz in and kill his wife, and I'm glad that didn't happen that way. But I really liked everything they said back and forth to each other; her feeling horrible that she just couldn't relate to him and didn't know how to handle her feelings, him feeling the same.. I thought that was a great bit of writing.
That was the stand out scene of the season for me. Because even though it was basically them acknowledging that their marriage is finished, it was also the first step toward them being okay again. Brody was ready to come clean to her. He wasn't telling her anything she hadn't already put together. And while at one point she would have been appalled, probably on some level still is appalled, there's been a lot of mileage between them since then. She knows that's a part of who Brody is, that he walked right up to the brink of that precipice. But she also knows that it's not all he is.
I think for the kids, seeing him break down in the hotel was the first time that it really clicked with them that this wasn't a joke and that he was going through something horrific, all over again.
The thing that sold me on that was Dana's reaction. Only a few scenes before, she basically told Brody that she wished he'd died over in Iraq and that Mike was a way better dad than he was. She just had so much (not unjustified) anger toward him, and it drowned out everything else. At that moment, he wasn't the man lying to her or the man who'd fucked up her life or the man who was cheating on her mom or the man who stopped her from doing the right thing. He was just her dad, a man broken by things so horrific that they're pretty much inconceivable to her. And for that moment, the anger was gone. Part of why Dana got so much material this season, some would argue too much material, is because Morgan Saylor acts the crap out of every scene she's in. One of the best, if not the
best teen actress working in television today. If both Dana and Brody survive the season finale, I hope we get lots of material between them next season. One of my favorite on-screen father/daughter relationships, because it's so fraught with all of the baggage.
I have NO idea where this goes from here. None at all. Best way to enter a finale.
Me neither. On any other show, this would have qualified as a season finale.
The actual killing of Nazir felt pretty anti-climactic too, but I wonder if that was intentional as to mirror Carrie's feeling now that they got this giant presence that she'd been tracking for something like a decade.
I thought it tracked pretty well with the real world terrorist captures. We build these guys up into myths and legends, and then it's anticlimactic when they go down like ordinary men. Finding Sadaam in a hole in the ground was anticlimactic. Finding Osama in a Kennedy-style compound in the middle of a populous Pakistani urban area instead of some sort of Bond villain style fortress hidden in the caves of Afghanistan was anticlimactic. That was a detail I thought was exactly right. I also appreciated that the trained professionals took Nazir out, and Carrie didn't singlehandedly execute him. I don't know why every other show/movie needs the protagonist to personally kill the villain.
I'm silently hoping for them to move to nominate Brody for VP in place of the VP who just passed away
That would create a great WTF moment, but I think it's more interesting if Brody survives in the margins. But I don't know if they can resist the opportunity to put a terrorist in the White House. If they head in that direction, Estes and Quinn will have to be nuetralized. Saul, too, probably.