Homeland Season 4 Review: Can the Show Outlive the Ghost of Nicholas Brody?

October 6, 2014 7:52 AM

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Homeland Season 4 Review: Can the Show Outlive the Ghost of Nicholas Brody?

When Homeland debuted three seasons ago, the show was hailed as a monstrous success both in execution and in critical appeal by turning a hero to villain as a once captured soldier named Nicholas Brody came home with a secret that he was actually working for the enemy after spending years being converted from American to terrorist. It was a plot twist unloaded in the show’s pilot, but not fully revealed until several episodes later. For a big chunk of the first season, viewers weren’t sure if Brody was a terrorist in sheep’s clothing or just a severely damaged soldier sent home to live in a world he no longer belonged in.

Once the big revelation came that Brody was actually turned while being held captive for all those years, the show soared in popularity and then a decision was made internally that forever changed the course of the show. You see, Brody as played by Damian Lewis was already the darling of every revie...

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