Episode 7 of Homeland’s fourth season ‘Redux’ aired last night on Showtime in the US, and featured quite possibly the biggest twist we’ve seen yet.
How the team managed to keep this a secret (though some did suspect it might happen) we’ll never know. If you haven’t yet caught up with ‘Homeland’ then stop reading now. Spoilers are ahead.
If you’re caught up with Homeland then you’ll know that Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) was killed in a public execution at the end of the last season.
Many were unsure whether the show would be able to continue without him as it appeared the entire drama mainly focused on him as the lead character, but seven episodes in without Brody, and the story now focuses on Carrie (Claire Danes).
‘Homeland’ hasn’t mentioned Brody all that much since it’s return, or not directly at least, but last night, Brody made a return to our screens in a shocking twist.
As we had already seen, Dennis Boyd (Mark Moses) – the Pakistani ambassador’s husband – switched Carrie’s medication, which of course helps her to control her bipolar disorder.
This inevitably left Carrie spiralling out of control while hallucinating left right and centre, and in the end, we watched as she thought she had been reunited with Brody after being arrested.
Carrie was distraught and clearly overwhelmed with the guilt that led to Brody’s death at the end of the last season, and thanks to the switched drugs, she believes it’s real.
Showrunner Alex Gansa spoke with Zap2it ahead of the season four premiere and said: “Carrie’s culpability in terms of what happened last year is the thing that she hasn’t really come to terms with.
“She sent the man she loved to his death essentially, and sent him on a mission from which he probably wouldn’t return. If she really looks herself squarely in the mirror, she would understand that she was fairly complicit in what happened to him.”
This, albeit a sad moment for Carrie, was at least a great reminder to viewers that while Brody is no longer alive, his character and memory still play a huge role in Carrie’s mind.
Of course, the real man’s arms she was in were those of Aasar Khan (Raza Jaffrey) who we had seen her having a run-in with earlier in the episode as she tried to find out what happened to her friend Saul (Mandy Patinkin) who was kidnapped.
It’s going to be interesting to see what Carrie’s reaction will be when the drugs eventually wear off and she discovers who she has really been crying in the arms of.
Will this moment help her overcome the guilt she clearly faces daily over the death of Brody? Or will it affect her mental state in ways we can’t yet even imagine?
What did you think about Brody’s return to the show? Were you shocked to see him reappear? Were you, like us shocked for a brief moment until we realised Carrie was hallucinating?
Check out a clip below for next week’s episode to find out what’s next on ‘Homeland’ – can Carrie overcome her guilt? Will they find Saul?