[MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD]
You must have seen it coming, but that didn’t make it any easier. Nicholas Brody, the sergeant-turned-Al-Qaeda-terrorist-turned-CIA-asset, was killed off Homeland last night in the season three finale.
Showtime reportedly resisted letting Damian Lewis, who won an Emmy for his portrayal of Brody, leave the show — even though the show’s writers have said for years that they thought killing Brody was best for the narrative. The twist was inevitable, but the gruesome way Brody died — a public hanging as his pregnant lover, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) looked on — still left fans and critics in shock. They took to Twitter to react (beginning with TIME’s own James Poniewozik).
So "Homeland" ended with a deus ex loose-wire and a major character getting a memory wipe? And people are cool with this?—
Adam Sternbergh (@sternbergh) December 19, 2011
I've watched enough Homeland not to be fooled by that Brody "death" scene—
Michael Agger (@magger) December 16, 2013
Homeland Season III matches Carolina Panthers 2013: Terrible start, and then very good.—
Nicholas Thompson (@nxthompson) December 16, 2013
The only thing that could have been more correct about Homeland's season finale would have been calling it a series finale.—
bobby finger (@bobbyfinger) December 16, 2013
dear homeland: please have a season finale that involves writing dana off the show forever. signed, everyone.—
Brandon Wenerd (@brandonwenerd) December 16, 2013