Showtime’s Homeland debuted fall of 2011. It is suspenseful, smart thriller with many twist and turns to leave you coming back for more. The show is a cat and mouse game that centers on bipolar CIA agent, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and American prison of war and hero, Sargent Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis). Events are set in motion when Carrie is told by her Iraqi asset that an American prisoner of war was turned by Al-Qaeda. Shortly after, Sargent Brody who has been missing in action for 8 years is rescued when a raid is made on the compound of terrorist, Abu Nazir. Brody returns home a hero but broken. Carrie suspects Brody of being the turned operative but like the tragic Cassandra from Greek myth, no one believes her. The only one willing to listen to her is Saul Berrenson (Mandy Patinkin), her boss but even Saul can’t protect Carrie from herself. Although brilliant, Carrie is erratic and is known for running unauthorized operations. Carrie is determined to prove she is right and expose Brody’s intentions no matter the cost to her personally and professionally. Lewis and Danes are brilliant in Homeland and they have amazing chemistry. There is a push and pull between their characters who are equally damaged and drawn to each other.
In an April 2012 interview with Digital Spy he talked about how Clarie Danes’ character, Carrie Mathison and his character, Nicholas Brody are “damaged” and “broken-winged birds” who will always be “drawn to each other”.
“What you have to remember about Brody is that whatever happened to him subsequently, whatever choices he made, was to salvage his own wreckage from his experience,” said Lewis.
“Initially, he was brutally tortured, both physically and pyschologically. And so he is a damaged, erratic and sometimes an irrational agent. And he will always have that. He will always have post-traumatic stress disorder.”
“Carrie Mathison is similarly damaged and suffers from a bipolar disorder. They are both broken-winged birds and they will always be drawn to each other. It will be there in the psychology of that relationship where there is the most danger in this show.”