A couple of weeks ago on my blog, I mentioned a play in which the ending had been disappointing, and I then went on to talk about a book where the ending had left me less than satisfied. Today I thought I’d put the spotlight on a TV programme - Homeland, which finished last Sunday.
On Monday morning, the twitterverse was alive with opinions about how satisfactory/unsatisfactory the ending had been. The impression I got was that the majority felt that the ending worked, although a vocal minority felt let down by its inconclusive nature.
The problem for the producers was that they had to leave a sufficient number of unanswered questions for there to be a sequel, and ideally a sequel with the same central characters. The potential profit from a second series was too great for them to let it all end in a single series, even though the Israeli series from which Homeland was taken was completed in one series.
I thought that the TV company got away with it. More than that, I thought they got away with it in style. Amazingly, I found myself willing Brodie to go through with the mission to blow up the Vice President and the top people in the US government, who’d been so cleverly forced into a single room, but at the same time hoping that he wouldn’t blow them up as that would mean that he died, too, and I liked him.
It was a tribute to the quality of the acting and writing that I felt the two conflicting emotions at the same time.
A happy compromise was found - Brodie detonated the explosive vest, but the detonator didn’t go off. The daughter phoned and the moment passed. A second series could go ahead.
And what a basis from which to start the second series! Two central characters who engage our emotions, but in whom we can’t trust. Has Brodie been turned back into a goodie who’s going to double-cross Abu Nazir? Can we trust Carrie, in the grip of her bi-polar disorder, to see things as they really are? And what about the missing video that Brodie had made to be played after his death? Did he get it back from Walker after he’d killed him, or didn’t he? Did Walker take it, at all, or did someone else take it? Gripping stuff.
The end of the first series left us hanging and raised as many questions as it answered. I went along with that. Others didn’t, I know.
What about you? What did you think of the ending of Homeland?