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'Homeland' exec defends second season: 'First year was just as absurd'

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Homeland exec Alex Gansa has defended the show's divisive second season.

The producer told Grantland that critics feel a "natural urge" to attack a successful show.

Homeland S02E07: 'The Clearing'

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"We were put on a pedestal this year and all of sudden there is much more intense scrutiny and that natural tendency is like: can we knock someone off the pedestal?" he suggested. "[Season one] was just as pushed and just as absurd, if you really look at it objectively."

Gansa added that any of season two's "outlandish" plot twists were always "in service" of the show's characters.

"I don't think we were ever untrue to our characters this season," he argued. "As preposterous or outrageous our plot devices were, they were always in service of real moment between our characters. We were willing and able to put our characters in those situations by, what some people might say, outlandish plot moves."

Homeland S02E07: 'The Clearing'

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However, Gansa did acknowledge that a hit-and-run sub-plot featuring the character of Dana (Morgan Saylor) had been "very melodramatic".

"I think we all understood the problems of that idea," he conceded. "But the whole point of that was we had to drive a wedge between Brody (Damian Lewis) and his daughter.

"It felt like an interesting thing to do on two levels: One, it expressed and showed Dana how the world really works. And also it gave her the experience of killing somebody, which is what her father's been through in one way or another. On those two fronts it seemed to function dramatically nicely."

Homeland's second season concluded on Sunday night on Showtime in the US, with the finale set to air this Sunday (December 23) on Channel 4 in the UK.

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Watch a clip from the Homeland season two finale below:

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