Sunday Boob Tube Bonanza: Basically, I Just Kept Saying “Holy $%#&!” During The “Dexter” And “Homeland” Finales

OMG. Those three letters really sum up last night’s finales of “Dexter” and “Homeland,” but of course I have plenty more to say. Spoilers after the jump!

“Dexter.” Last week, Dexter turned in evidence to the police, implicating Hannah in the death of Saul Price, because she had attempted to poison and kill his sister Deb. This week, Dexter was faced when his own legal woes, when LaGuerta arrested him for the murder of Hector Estrada. This was at first confusing — in the last episode, it appeared that Estrada had escaped when Dexter realized LaGuerta was trying to catch him in the act. Well, in turns out that Dexter’s arrest was his own epic double cross, as he planted evidence LaGuerta first thought implicated him in Estrada’s supposed death, but upon further investigation made it appear she was framing “Dexter.” Does that make sense? Regardless, it was brilliant.

Her career may be on the line, but LaGuerta is not giving up on proving Dexter is the Bay Harbor Butcher — and as luck would have it, previously unseen surveillance tapes from the night Travis Marshall was killed in the church fire arrive in her mailbox. They show Deb getting gas near the church just minutes before the fire and LaGuerta uses the evidence to catch Deb in a lie. When Dexter finds out that LaGuerta is now out to get Deb too, he comes to the conclusion that the only way to solve this little problem is by breaking his code completely and killing LaGuerta.

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So, while Saul is on board a ship in the middle of the ocean, overseeing Nazir’s funeral and deposit into the sea, Brody and Carrie are making eyes at each other at Walden’s memorial at CIA headquarters. Brody gestures with his eyebrows and it’s understood by Carrie that he’s suggesting they leave early. They hasten upstairs to her office where she tells him she’s made her choice — she wants to be with him. They begin to kiss, but Brody is distracted by something he sees out the window. “That’s weird, I didn’t park my car there,” he says. Outside, we see Brody’s car parked right in front of the place where Walden’s service is currently being held. A look of realization washes over Carrie’s face. “Oh shit,” she says.


Brody’s car detonates, complete destroying everything nearby. The windows of Carrie’s office are blown out and she stumbles, bleeding, to pull a gun from her office drawer. Pointing it at Brody, she accuses him of the attack, “It was you.” Brody tells him he wasn’t responsible — that this must have been Nazir’s plan all along. To die so that the CIA would drop their guard and his ultimate plan against them could be realized. That Roya Hamman and Brody were only pawns in his endgame. At first Carrie doesn’t believe him, but he manages to convince her, but she says no one else will and that she’s cashing in her insurance policy. The two of them go pick a ton of cash, a fake passport and other “on the run” necessities that Carrie had stored away for a rainy day. She plans on taking them across the border to Canada and then on a boat to, like, Newfoundland or something.

Among the dead: Estes, Walden’s wife and son, Finn, and 200+ others. Saul is officially in charge of the CIA now and is distraught when he finds out that Carrie (and Brody) are among those who are presumed dead. Hopeful, though, that his progeny has pulled another slippery move, he leaves Carrie a message: “Carrie, I’m looking for you. Call me.”

Here’s the kicker: Nazir’s terrorist network not only takes responsibility for the bombing, but they also release Brody’s original taped message (the one he recorded before the first planned attack in season one), making it appear like Brody is their suicide bomber. The fact that his car was the bomb doesn’t help either. Brody’s family is distraught but Dana insists her dad didn’t do it. She, after all, said goodbye to him the last time he was planning on committing a terrorist act and it seems like Dana thinks her dad’s mood this time around didn’t indicate he was saying goodbye forever.

Near the Canadian border, Carrie drops Brody off but says she’s not going with him. She’s going to stay and clear his name. Good luck with that, Carrie, considering you helped the CIA’s number one suspect escape. Brody and Carrie share a tear-filled goodbye. “This was love,” Brody tells her. “You and me. … You gave yourself up to me.” “Completely,” she replies

Saul is standing amongst the bodies of the dead, saying a Hebrew prayer, when Carrie enters the room and call his name. His eyes opening, Saul turns toward her and his smile lights up his face. What these two will do next season is anyone’s guess.