SPOILERS, SPOILERS, SPOILERS. Did we mention these are SPOILERS? Stop reading NOW if you haven’t seen the latest episode of Homeland on Channel 4 – or scroll down at your peril…
The last time we saw Homeland’s Nicholas Brody he was on the brink of breathing his last, strung up to hang in front of a baying Iranian crowd. OK, we didn’t actually see him die – there was no body – but for all intents and purposes his and Carrie Mathison’s star-crossed romance was at an end.
So, Damian Lewis’s appearance in the latest episode, Redux – shown last night on Channel 4 – came as something of a shock to viewers. Just what was he doing at the mysterious mansion to which Carrie (Claire Danes) was reluctantly chauffeured?
Take into account the fact that Dennis Boyd switches Carrie’s bipolar medication with who-knows-what, leaving her stumbling around firing imaginary finger guns at police officers, and it starts to make a little more sense. But that didn’t prevent us enjoying a few precious seconds where Brody’s death looked in doubt. Suddenly that lack of body became a flicker of hope, before common sense set in and we realised Nicholas Brody was nothing more than a drug-induced hallucination.
But a hallucination brilliantly played by Danes who oscillates from terror at seeing Brody’s face to loving affection mixed with incredulity. “Have you come back to punish me for what I’ve done?” she asks. “Maybe I need to say it out loud? I was willing to let you die.”
Ultimately it all turns out to be the effects of whatever it is she’s taking – but we still relished seeing the pair’s famous chemistry reignited before it became clear that it was Aaser Khan (Raza Jaffrey), Pakistan’s counter-terrorism chief, Carrie was embracing.
Lewis’s appearance comes after he was spotted on set in Cape Town earlier this year, a discrepancy that showrunner Alex Gansa cleared up back in October:
“I can confirm that, yes, Damian Lewis was in Cape Town on the set. But I can also confirm Nicholas Brody is dead,” he said, cryptically. Now all is revealed…
Homeland continues next Sunday at 9:00pm on Channel 4