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‘Homeland’: Brody Helps Nazir Kill Someone; Producers Talk Shocking Exit And What’s Next – by Maureen Ryan

As Season 2 of “Homeland” enters its home stretch, the pace is amping up, and Sunday’s episode may have been one of the Showtime drama’s most shocking hours yet.

After Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) was abducted, Congressman Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) helped terrorist Abu Nazir (Navid Neghaban) kill Vice President William Walden (Jamey Sheridan). By assassinating Walden, both Nazir and Brody may feel like they’ve finally avenged the death of Nazir’s son Issa — but does helping hack Walden’s pacemaker mean that Brody has turned for good? Will Carrie protect Brody or turn him in? And just how many more twists can be packed into the tangled, obsessive story of Carrie, Brody and the CIA?

You may also be wondering if pacemakers can really be hacked, what Walden’s death means for Brody and for Walden’s CIA protege David Estes (Dorian Harewood), who is himself in conflict with a suspicious Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin).

Find out what Sheridan had to say about the death of Walden here, and below, executive producers Howard Gordon and Henry Bromell (who wrote my favorite Season 2 episode, “Q&A,”) talk in depth about Sunday’s episode, titled “Broken Hearts.”

They discuss not just the nuts and bolts of the pacemaker plot and the CIA’s internal conflicts, but how they’ve approached the character arcs in “Homeland’s” second season, and some questions, both big and small: Will F. Murray Abraham be back as shady espionage fixer Dar Adul? Could Brody or Carrie die before the season is over?

Gordon, in particular, addressed whether “Homeland’s” latest twists have tested the boundaries of plausibility, and Bromell, who’s first up, discussed his pacemaker research and what it was like to write the Carrie-Nazir confrontation that was two seasons in the making.

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Brody, Brody, Brody – what’s with that guy? If only there were somebody we could ask…