'Homeland' Showrunner Talks Last Night's Big Twist [SPOILERS]


Be warned -- this article contains spoilers from last night's episode of 'Homeland,' "Game On." 

Last night's episode of 'Homeland,' "Game On," featured a significant twist for the third season. As it was quietly revealed in the episode's final scene, Saul's (Mandy Patinkin) betrayal of Carrie (Claire Danes) and her commitment to a mental institution was all part of a larger plan to smoke out the culprit of the 12/12 attacks. Carrie was in on it. It was all a ruse. All the major character beats of the last four episodes? Totally staged. 

Some fans might have some difficulty stomaching the twist, and showrunner Alex Gansa is here to help. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Gansa clarified a few questions that audiences have been asking. 

"[At the end of Season 2,] Carrie and Saul are together, standing there with all of the bodies around them. Clearly, they are culpable for what happened -- Saul and Carrie together," Gansa said. "As intelligence officers, the first thing that they would try to do is to turn this tragedy into something positive. That's what they went to work on the day after the bombing. How were they going to catch the guys responsible for this? A plan was hatched quite quickly in the aftermath of the attack on the CIA."

Of course, don't expect everything to be happy now for Carrie and Saul. "When you go back to the first three episodes, you can see the toll that it's taking on both of them. The con also has its consequences," Gansa shared. "It comes down to the line toward the end of this episode when she says, 'You really should have gotten me out of the hospital.' That was one step too far. That was the part of her role-playing that hit too close."

So how the hell does Brody figure into all this? "Brody becomes a principal player in the architecture of the last sweep of episodes," Gansa says, promising that his separation from Saul and Carrie becomes "paramount." 

What did you think of the twist at the end of "Game On"? Are you pleased to see Saul and Carrie working together on the same side again? 

'Homeland' airs its next episode, "The Yoga Play," Sunday at 9/8c on Showtime. 

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- Claire Danes
- Alex Gansa
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Written by: mcpherson
Oct 21st, 2013, 12:40 pm

Images courtesy of Showtime


Message Posted On Oct 23rd, 2013, 4:07 am
don't see y-brodie-cant just be made to be a heron-for real-his poor family--theres still a story there--of how he GETS to the people who ruined him/tortured/etc

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Message Posted On Oct 22nd, 2013, 5:27 am

Well, the twist was not that much of a surprise. Clearly, Carrie was not really about to work for the other side, so something had to happen. I was more thinking about something like "hey Saul, I've been approached by Iran, we can use that". I think that it would have created a different psychological tension on the show that what they chose. But on the long run, maybe the made the good choice.

Anyhow, as olavb said, the show lacks connection now and it pretty hard to stay concerned about all that happens. I'm sure they'll join all the stories at one point but things are not that good right now.


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Message Posted On Oct 21st, 2013, 9:38 pm

Homeland is about to loose me. No good any more.

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