“Homeland” star Damian Lewis was basking in the glow of the show’s impressive collection of Golden Globe Award nominations Thursday morning, but the real buzz is building over the fate of his tortured character on the winning Showtime series.
As we eagerly await Sunday night’s second-season finale, many fans are obsessing over whether or not Nick Brody will be killed off, as Black Ops super soldier Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) has been ordered to take him out now that the U.S.’s most wanted terrorist Abu Nazir was killed in last week’s penultimate episode. Then there’s Abu Nazir’s true end game, whatever it is, that has yet to play out (killing Walden seems like it’s only one phase of his master plan).
Joking that he has “post-traumatic stress disorder” from filming the finale, Lewis teased that “Homeland” does have the guts to gut its leading man in an interview Thursday with “Access Hollywood’s” Billy Bush.
“If ever a show was going to kill off a nominated actor, it’s this show,” Lewis, 44, said, explaining that the wave of accolades for his performance does not secure his job for another season. “They don’t care, they hold no prisoners, which I think is fantastic and part of the show’s success.”
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While Brody is so integral to the show, and fans would be shocked if it actually did happen, most critics believe the show can’t sustain any credibility if the war vet-turned-terrorist-turned congressman, who was an accessory to the assassination of the Vice President, remains among the living. Despite being TV’s current favorite darling, “Homeland” has already whipped up some backlash in this second season by pushing the bounds of reasonable suspension-of-disbelief with certain plot points in recent episodes.
“There are people who think Brody’s time is up, that could be it,” Lewis told Bush. “Let’s face it, there’s a high body count on ‘Homeland,’ but we’ll have to see how it pans out.”
Whichever way it goes, one thing is for sure: “Homeland” writers have a bombshell up their sleeves (or under their suicide vests), so be prepared for some feverish Monday morning chatter after the finale airs.
“I have post-traumatic stress disorder from just filming [the finale],” Lewis joked to Bush. “So I can’t even remember what happens at the end of Season 2.”
The Season 2 finale of “Homeland” airs Sunday at 10/9c on Showtime.
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