Homeland S:2 | The Choice E:12 | AfterBuzz TV AfterShow

AFTERBUZZ TV – Homeland edition, is a weekly “after show” for fans of Showtime’s Homeland. In this episode, The Choice, host John Comerford breaks down the episode in which Carrie (Claire Danes) and Brody (Damian Lewis) spend another night at the cabin where they had their previous tryst. They discuss their futures, and whether it’s possible for Brody to have a fresh start. They mutually realize that if they were to continue their relationship, then it would be impossible for Carrie to remain with the CIA. Meanwhile, Saul is still detained at Langley, and pleads to a CIA Agent (TJ Hassan) to contact Carrie, the agent is reluctant as he does not want to suffer the same fate as Saul.

Quinn (Rupert Friend), under orders to kill Brody, has tracked Carrie and Brody and is across the lake watching their every move. The next morning, Brody alone goes outside to pray, giving Quinn, carrying a sniper rifle, an opportunity to kill him. Quinn has Brody in his sights but doesn’t pull the trigger.

Quinn later goes to Estes’ (David Harewood) house and tells him that since Brody’s political career is over, he’s no longer a threat, and that his information was instrumental to catching Abu Nazir. Quinn says that the only reason to kill Brody now is for Estes’ personal reasons, and that the collateral damage would be wrecking Carrie’s life yet again, thus he refuses to do it and subtly threatens Estes should anything happen to Brody. Estes goes on to release Saul (Mandy Patinkin) from detainment, claiming that he decided Saul was right, and that Brody held up his end of the deal and shouldn’t be killed.

Brody goes back home to pick up a suit for the memorial service that the CIA is holding for Vice President Walden. He finds Dana (Morgan Saylor) to be the only one home. Dana reflects back on the day that Carrie told her that Brody was going to carry out an attack at the Vice President’s summit, remarking that it all “adds up”, and that it’s the only thing that makes sense. Brody admits that he was “screwed up” at the time, and that he was planning to do it, but ultimately he didn’t, and he never would do such a thing in the future.

Saul finds Carrie and tells her that he’s going to recommend her promotion to station chief. When Carrie is less than thrilled, and says she has to think about it, Saul sees that her problem is that she wants to be with Brody. The conversation gets heated as Saul admonishes Carrie for throwing away her career to be with a terrorist. Carrie shoots back that she doesn’t want to be alone all her life like Saul. Saul leaves her with the words “You’re the smartest and the dumbest fucking person I’ve ever known”.

Carrie and Brody attend Walden’s memorial service at Langley. At the same time, the Navy holds a ceremony to bury Abu Nazir at sea, which Saul oversees. While David Estes is delivering the eulogy, Carrie and Brody sneak away to Saul’s office to talk. Carrie reveals to Brody that she’s decided to forsake her career and be with him. They kiss. Brody looks out the window and is surprised to see that his car has been moved. They see Brody’s car now parked right outside the building where the memorial is being held. As Carrie processes what is happening, the car explodes, leveling a large portion of the building. David Estes, Cynthia Walden (Talia Balsam), Finn Walden (Timothée Chalamet), the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security are among the many who perish in the blast. Carrie holds Brody at gunpoint, accusing him of orchestrating the attack. Brody is steadfast in his innocence, saying that he had no motive, and that they were all set up by Abu Nazir, who sacrificed Roya and her team on a decoy attack, and even sacrificed his own life, in order to let everyone’s guard down, clearing the way for the bombing on Langley. Carrie seems convinced but tells Brody that nobody else will believe him, and that they need to go on the run immediately.

Saul surveys the damage at Langley and is distraught to learn that the death toll is near 200 and rising, and that Carrie was present at the ceremony but is unaccounted for and presumed dead. He gets a call from Mira (Sarita Choudhury), who is relieved to learn that Saul survived, and says that she is returning to the U.S.

Carrie takes Brody to a storage unit where she has hidden some cash and a fake passport for herself. They then go to get a fake passport made for Brody. On a television, they see that al-Qaeda has taken responsibility for the attack, and released Brody’s confession video to the media, firmly placing him as the culprit. As the video plays on the news, the Brody family is shown at home watching in horror. Carrie and Brody head to the Canadian border, planning to cross it on foot and head for Montreal. When they reach the border, Brody realizes that Carrie isn’t coming with him. As they say goodbye, Carrie promises to Brody that she will clear his name. Carrie returns to Langley, where Saul is reciting the Kaddish while standing amongst the rows and rows of dead bodies. Saul is shocked and elated to see that Carrie is alive.
There to help John are co-hosts Jenna Busch, Roth Cornet, and Thaddeus Massey. It’s Homeland’s “The Choice” podcast!

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