By Rachel Bennett
Television Editor & Columnist
Despite all of the amazing shows on Sunday nights, the evening is about one series for me: Showtime’s Homeland.
Come 10 p.m., I’m glued to my TV screen — especially this week, after [SPOILER ALERT] the CIA detained Brody (Damian Lewis) in the last episode.
This twist came much sooner than expected, which made it so great. In fact, many of this season’s events arrived earlier than most series would attempt to execute them: Saul (Mandy Patinkin) finding Brody’s confession tape, Jessica (Morena Baccarin) discovering Brody’s a Muslim and kicking him out of the house, and Carrie (Claire Danes) telling Brody she loved him.
The second series of the hit drama is only four episodes into its 12-episode season, and a season’s worth of material has already been told. Could Saul have not found Brody’s confession until the middle of the season? Yes. Could Carrie and Brody have kept using each other for information for a few more episodes? Yes. Could Homeland have waited until the finale to capture Brody? Yes.
In fact, most shows follow such a pace, but Homeland is turning a program’s progression — and audience’s expectations — on their heads.
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