Things aren’t looking great for Brody in “Homeland” Season 3.
Brody is finally introduced three episodes into the new season, and it’s revealed he’s in a horrible state. Riddled with bullet wounds and brought into the company of men who have no qualms about killing people in a mosque or doping him up with heroin, the wanted fugitive might have ended up in a worse situation than if he had stayed in the United States after the attack on Langley.
Carrie isn’t faring much better. She’s been in the mental institution for three weeks, and though she at first seems like she’s in a much better mental state thanks to the lithium she is on, it becomes clear that’s all a ruse. Carrie is falling apart locked up just like Brody is, even though both probably should lay low for a while and neither is really in a situation where they can end up somewhere better any time soon.
A visitor has been coming to see Carrie, and she gets it into her mind that it’s Saul. Instead it’s a man named Paul Franklin who works for a law firm and, according to Carrie, is likely tied with a Middle East government. Is Paul actually trying to turn her against her country and into an asset, or is Carrie just paranoid? Whichever ends up being the case, she ends up turning to her pills to help get her through the day.
Brody does the same in a parallel scene that shows him caving and shooting up heroin to help get him through his imprisonment. Now that he’s a globally sought after fugitive, nowhere is safe for him. In fact, being imprisoned by these men in the Tower of David might be the best place for him to be, as his decision to turn to a mosque for safety didn’t turn out as he would have liked.
The men who are holding Brody captive say Carrie won’t come find him, and it definitely doesn’t seem like a likely turn of events. But does that mean that he’s going to stay locked up with them forever? This experiment of having Brody separate from the rest of the show’s storylines is an interesting experiment, but it also sort of feels like “Homeland’s” writers don’t know what to do with his character.
The Showtime series feels like it’s lagging in episode 3 when usually it’s moving forward with a driving momentum at this point, and it’s hard to see what direction “Homeland” is headed in next. Hopefully it has a good trick or three up its sleeve, because at this point it’s hard to feel much hope for either of the show’s leads.
What were your thoughts on “Tower of David”?