“Homeland” has been off to a slow start in Season 3, earning some backlash for seemingly retreading on storylines like Carrie being off her meds and being at odds with the CIA. But while some of these plot points seem familiar, could it be that they’re heading towards a different end game? After all, at what point will Carrie finally reach the end of her rope with a country that doesn’t seem to be on her side?
A recurring plot point in Season 3’s first three episodes is the fact that the CIA is throwing Carrie under the bus. First her relationship with Brody was leaked, then Saul revealed her bipolar disorder and, as seen in episode 3, he now won’t even field her calls. “Tower of David” intentionally paralleled Brody and Carrie’s journeys by showing that they’re both prisoners of their situations, but the parallel might run deeper than that. Brody was turned against his government that he swore allegiance to, and it seems like the same could happen to Carrie.
Well, maybe. Carrie has shown time and again that her loyalty is to the United States and to the CIA, even though the institution has broken her before. Between Seasons 1 and 2 she was shown having to seriously reevaluate her life, but she was drawn back into the CIA’s machinations in Season 2. Now she’s been made a scapegoat for the organization, and if she ever were to decide enough is enough, it would be now.
Enemies of the CIA have already come knocking at Carrie’s door. In “Tower of David,” a man named Paul Franklin came to try to court Carrie to seemingly work as an asset for a Middle East government. She immediately said no, but what other options does she have? She is locked up in the mental hospital, doesn’t have a job or allies, and seemingly doesn’t even have those closest to her — like Saul and her family — at her back anymore. Taking a person when they’re feeling stranded and betrayed seems like the perfect time for enemy organizations to swoop in.
It worked for Brody when he was captured overseas. Granted, Carrie and Brody are very different people, but part of what made “Homeland” Season 1 so engaging was the uncertainty of whether Brody was a terrorist or not. Since “Homeland” is shown through the eyes of Carrie, the show wouldn’t be able to have the same sort of mystery is she also was turned. Still, it would spin the story on its head in a totally unexpected way and would freshen up a show that — as Zap2it commenters have pointed out — is beginning to feel a bit stale.
“Homeland” is already a quarter of the way through Season 3, and it’s time to get to the meaty parts of this season’s storyline. Whether it’s Carrie being turned or not, it’s time for some big change to happen. “Homeland” airs Sundays on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET.
How would you respond to Carrie being turned? Is this a plotline you would like to see explored?