Thankfully there was no ridiculous last-minute twist or reveal. Instead, we were given sweaty vest-tugging tension, resolutions and an electric-shocking final, which didn't just open the door to season two - it held the door open, greeted us with flowers and chocolates and invited us in with the promise of a three-Michelin starred, six-course dinner.
Brody did attempt a suicide-bomb attack, but the plan was smarter than we could ever have realised. Teaming up with Sgt Walker, Brody managed to end up in a bunker with the Vice-President and every man and his dog of importance within the US defence and security team. Only a hitch with his explosives and a handily-timed call from his daughter prevented a bloody ending.
Carrie cottoned on to the plan, but dashing around boggled-eyed, bruised and with a terrible baseball cap on, nobody, quite rightly, would take her seriously. Not even her old mucker Saul, who sent some bruisers in suits out to chase her away.
A combination of bonkers Carrie and Dana Brody, played by Morgan Saylor with a stunning performance way beyond her years, eventually managed to sway sweaty Brody out of blowing himself up. Already on edge, his daughter's pleas to come home were enough to change his plan of action. For now, at least.
Watch a teaser trailer for season 2 of Homeland:
Elsewhere, Carrie finally gave up the chase for the truth, abandoned her Brody/Abu Nazir obsessions and went to get her brain frazzled in a hospital. Unfortunately for her and everyone else, she only figured out the missing piece of the jigsaw - Abu Nasir's dead son Issa - shortly before potentially getting her memory wiped by electroconvulsive therapy. Isn't it always the way!
Saul has snagged on to the VP and Estes's cover-up on the drone attack which killed Issa. In fact Estes didn't come out of the whole final episode very well at all. Could he be the mole? It feels a little obvious for Homeland if he was.
And finally and perhaps most shockingly, Brody shot dead Sgt Walker. Abu Nazir was convinced by Brody's excuse of a faulty vest and his suggestion that they can have far more of an impact if he gains power within the US government. Proving his loyalty to Nazir, Brody pumped some lead into his former marine buddy. Any suggestion that Brody had gone soft by not blowing up the bunker was quickly erased.
Finales to first seasons are rarely as satisfying as this. We may be struggling to sleep for months over the question marks still hanging over the show (Who has Brody's video record? Who is the mole? Will Carrie remember Issa? How big can Saul's beard get?), but there was enough resolution to satisfy our need for answers. There was no Lost-esque answering puzzles with more puzzles.
The hook of the show remains the dual performances of Brody and Carrie. Saul's romcom-esque groan of 'Oh God, you're in love with him' was ironic, because the relationship between Damian Lewis and Claire Danes's characters couldn't be any less conventional. Both are damaged individuals and they are more intertwined and knowledgeable about each other than anyone else in the show. Even their sisters, best friends and wives.
Lewis's performance in the bunker was gob-smackingly brilliant, glueing your eyes to the screen with its magnificent power and emotional clout. If he doesn't sweep the board at future awards shows, something has gone wrong. Very few actors could have played a character so nuanced, complex and fraught with internal contradictions, so sublimely. Give that man an Emmy.
The only problem with Homeland's finale: What are we supposed to do on Sunday nights, now it's ended?
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Watch Damian Lewis talking about season two of Homeland: