I like it when life is like that… heightened somehow.
I like it when life is like that… heightened somehow.
season four countdown
13. “The Good Soldier”
"Their boozy tryst might have been a credulity-derailing moment in any other ostensibly realistic show; but because Homeland had prepped the moment — carefully detailing Brody’s alienation, depression and troubled marriage and Carrie’s anti-psychotic drug regimen and lifelong history of flouting rules and courting danger — it felt psychologically credible and hilariously right. The moment played as if somebody had compiled a list of all the cat-and-mouse suspense pictures in which yin and yang leads stalked each other like possessive lovers and asked what would happen if subtext became text.” —Matt Zoller Seitz
I’m going with flashback with the caveat that IF IT’S NOT I’m blaming you for making me choose i have bad homeland karma
OK I’m not normally a writer of long, controversial text posts… you know me… reblogger of pretty pics/gifs, fanfic enthusiast etc etc…
However, I’ve been thinking about this sighting of Damian Lewis for the filming of S4 and I am hugely amused & entertained by the ongoing furore of “Does this mean Brody’s back?” and “Yay Brody survived the hanging & is coming back!” and “WTF? Are the writers stupid pandering to the opinions of certain fans by having Brody in S4 in any capacity whatsoever?” (eg, flashback, dream sequence etc).
So I’ve decided to try and analyse it objectively…
The man who had the power to let Brody live or die in S3 E12 was Javadi.
Actually it was the President of the United States. He was the one who authorized Lockhart—by extension Dar Adal and Scott Ryan—to give up Brody’s location. Remember Javadi was the one who asked Saul to give up their location and Saul refused and that was that… until Lockhart stepped in.
Why would Javadi want Brody dead?
OK, we know this from S3 already - it strengthened Javadi’s position and paved the way for him to be Danesh Akbari’s successor as Head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. To the public Javadi would be the hero who had captured & executed Akbari’s assassin (Brody). To the CIA, Javadi would increase his position of influence as a CIA asset inside the Iranian Government.
Why would Javadi want to keep Brody alive?
Recall that Javadi was known as “The Magician” in S3 (because he can make people disappear).
This nickname doesn’t refer to his ability to literally make people disappear (as you are inferring he may have done with Brody). It refers to his ability to kill other people.
A living Brody would be the ultimate bargaining chip for Javadi on many levels - he could interrogate him, “turn” him against the US.
How? The US government doesn’t give a shit about Brody. He has outlived his usefulness for them. Everyone in America thinks he is a traitor. Everyone in Iran believes (rightly) he killed Akbari. How exactly is Brody useful at all???
Javadi might be the new Head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, but he is impotent because he is the CIA’s puppet - because Saul could reveal at any time that Javadi embezzled forty five million dollars from the Iranian Government using Del Paraiso Football Club in Caracas to front his money laundering operations.
This is partly true. It is in Javadi’s best interest to act in a way that benefits the US. But he has a lot of power + access in Iran otherwise, things that just come with being the third most influential person in Iran.
A secretly living Brody would dramatically increase Javadi’s personal influence with the CIA. If Javadi possesses Brody’s life then he can use this to blackmail Saul (or Carrie) for anything he wants… money, power or glory.
Again, Brody is not useful for anything.
Remember Javadi is a cold-hearted killer and ruthless. Would he really obediently execute Brody in order to further the CIA’s influence in Iran? Or would he take the chance of faking Brody’s death to deceive everyone and especially ‘get one over’ on Saul?
Javadi had no say in Brody’s final sentencing. He said “he appeared before a military tribunal where he was sentenced to death by hanging.” Javadi had no role in it except for just turning Brody over.
I don’t know the answers, but I do know that we saw Brody huffing & puffing on a rope, but we never saw a corpse, so anything is possible…
His lifeless body swinging from that crane was pretty conclusive to me. This is a common “but wait!” theory I’ve seen around. Using a crane to hang people does not cause instantaneous death but is slower — about 10 to 20 minutes. Did viewers want to really want to wait that long to make sure he was dead? It was 100% obvious he was not going to survive. Brody is not a superhero, Abu Nazir did not “teach him how to survive that” (actual ask I received months ago).
Disclaimer: My reasoning is probably flawed and I am being deliberately provocative.
Of course, from a show standpoint this argument ignores Alex Gansa’s many statements that Brody is dead, as well as the confirmation that Javadi is not playing a role this season at all. I know Damian’s appearance in Cape Town last week has prompted a lot of conspiracy theories since it’s such a truly awful prospect to consider, but this theory makes no sense.
His role is the IBD station chief.
I’m not predicting him to be killed off, no.
That’s usually how many they release, IIRC. There are character promo photos, plus the season three poster.
Last year there were a bunch of photos, but I think that was the exception, not the rule. Anyway, I’d rather have promo videos than stills.
I think she’s talking to Corey Stoll’s character. FWIW.
uhm… there are s4 promo materials out.
in fact this season we’ve gotten a lot more promos than we did last year.