Season 8 of Homeland, and certainly the last of the spy series, will be broadcast starting this Thursday, June 11 on Canal +. But how could it last so long after the death of the main character, Nicholas Brody, at the end of season 3?
In the beginning, Homeland crystallized all the attention with its original plot, sticking to international and geopolitical news. It introduced the story of a US Marine who was thought dead, but who was in fact held hostage for eight years by Al-Qaeda.
How did Homeland hold up without Nicholas Brody?
Returning to American soil as a war hero, Nicholas Brody nevertheless drew the suspicion of a CIA agent suffering from bipolarity, Carrie Mathison, as a possible threat to national security.
The latter became obsessed with him until she became intimate with him. Was he a traitor to America, a future terrorist? On this anguish rested the success of the series, between the trauma of the war and the potential terrorist conspiracy.
The death of the character of Nicholas Brody, played by Damian Lewis, at the end of season 3 could have sounded the death knell of the series. But it didn’t. Claire Danes, the actress playing the character of the disturbing and troubled Carrie Mathison, brilliantly managed to refocus the series around her.
Claire Danes, the actress playing Carrie Mathison, has worn the series Homeland…
His character, suffering from bipolarity, caught in the inevitable cycle of intelligence wars, against a backdrop of geopolitical tensions sticking to the real news, set the tone of the series.
Often neglecting her status as a mother (she had a daughter with Nicholas Brody, as a legacy of the U.S. Navy left in the series), Carrie Mathison was constantly fighting her enemies in the field along with her own demons.
Often ultralucid and sure of her truth, she sometimes seemed crazier than her bipolarity could lead her to be. Doubts sometimes reinforced by errors in judgment that would haunt her like Nicholas Brody.
At his side, his most loyal supporter, Saul Berenson, was sometimes at a loss for words. Does he have to believe it or question it to save lives? This “father-daughter” relationship between the agent and her mentor will come to a climax in this eighth season, when we will see how far Carrie Mathison is willing to go to save the United States from a conspiracy, or to reveal a certain truth.
For five seasons, American presidents have succeeded one another, but Carrie Mathison has always been there, sometimes in distress, sometimes determined. The excellent performance of Claire Danes, as a spy agent constantly in turmoil, in uncertainty despite flashes of lucidity, kept viewers on tenterhooks and allowed the series to enjoy a fairly substantial longevity, without ever running out of steam, until her last breath.
See you this Thursday evening, June 11, on Canal+ for the broadcast of season 8 of Homeland.