One thing is clear about this season of Homeland and that's that very little is clear. How would we rank Brody's priorities at this point? How would we rank Carrie's? Neither is in a very stable place and both hold a lot of power. Last night's episode saw the merging of two plot-lines, one of which has to do with Brody's daughter and the other, his deal with the CIA.
Spoilers if you haven't seen last night's episode of Homeland ("The Clearing")!
This hit-and-run business with Dana and Finn seemed like just a bit of added drama for the show this season, and not really the entertaining kind. What does it have to do with anything and how does it tie into Brody's story? We found out last night when Dana finally confessed about it and Brody escorted his daughter to the police station to report the incident. This went against the wishes of Vice President Walden (or his wife), but it was the right thing to do, and at that point it seemed like Dana was at the end of her rope. And then Carrie showed up and stopped them on their way into the police station, telling Brody if he does this, the deal's off. They need him close with the Vice President.
Of course, how is Brody supposed to explain all of this to his family? That's addressed at the start of the preview for next week's "I'll Fly Away."
It's not surprising to see Jessica feeling emotional and frustrated by the CIA, considering their involvement in her family's life already. Given what happened between Brody and Carrie, it makes sense that Jessica would want that organization away from her family. And of course, Brody's going to react emotionally as well. HIs hands are tied at this point and there's a lot of pressure on him. Not only does he have the CIA on his back, but he also has Roya and Abu Nazir pushing at him too, and the impending attack on his mind.
And then there's Carrie, who's another wild card. Even she doesn't seem to know what her feelings are for Brody. It seems like she's still kind of (if not completely) in love with him, and willing to use that to get him to work with the CIA, but does she place those feelings above her duty to her country and the job she's trying to do? Would she risk it all to run away with him?
Also, is it implied in the above trailer that Roya is listening in on a conversation between Brody and Carrie? Because that would be a problem.
Homeland airs Sundays at 10:00 p.m. ET on Showtime.