‘Homeland’ season 3 finale recap: The Maestro

9:59 pm EDT, December 15, 2013

Homeland‘s season 3 finale titled “The Star” was another big finish for the CIA drama. Our recap breaks down the events of the episode.

The episode picked up right where we left off last week. Brody drags General Akbari’s body behind the desk, then mops up the blood with the pillow he killed him with. Carrie makes her way out of the hotel through a kitchen so she’s unnoticed.

Brody leaves the building and is incredibly nervous. He moves at a quick pace so he can leave before they notice the General is dead. Moments later, Akbari’s secretary finds the body and alerts others. As Brody is passing through the gate, people run out of the building, but Brody holds a gun to his driver’s head and tells him to keep driving.

Meanwhile, Carrie calls Saul and tells him that it’s done. Saul is hesitant to believe it, however, and asks Dar Adal to call Javadi, who could confirm the death.

But now, a new problem: Javadi has been tasked with tracking down Brody, and he tells Saul that he needs to know where he and Carrie are heading so that he can capture him. Otherwise, he’ll look weak and won’t be able to ascend to power, which has been the plan all along. Saul then speaks one on one with Dar Adal, who reminds him it’s his last official day as CIA Director, so he needs to take his “foot off the gas.”

Saul refuses, however, and orders the extraction plan because he wants to go through with his promise to Brody and Carrie. At the safe house, the two lovers have a talk about a wide range of topics, including their future. Asked what he wants to do now, Brody doesn’t know because he hasn’t thought this far. He talks about getting his redemption, but wonders how he can when he had to redeem himself by killing someone.

Then Carrie drops the bomb. She’s pregnant. Four months in. And confirms it was from the time at the lake. She believes she was put on this earth for their paths to cross and admits it’s crazy. Apparently happy with this little speech and revelation, Brody says that he doesn’t think it’s crazy and thinks “it’s the only sane fucking thing left to hold on to.”

While Brody is sleeping, helicopters arrive. The two come outside to meet what they assume are members of the extraction team, but it’s Javadi’s men who are outside. They take only Brody.

Carrie calls Saul to tell him about the development, and he immediately meets with Dar Adal and Lockhart to find out who revealed Carrie and Brody’s location to Javadi. It was Lockhart, who is now the CIA Director as ordered by the president of the United States. They argue that for the protection of Saul’s legacy and Javadi’s rise to power, Brody had to be captured. “I honestly don’t know what the fuck we’re doing anymore,” Saul says.

The next day Carrie is back in her hotel room packing up when she’s grabbed by Javadi’s people. He informs her that Brody has been sentenced to death because he’s an enemy of the state. He insists it’s out of his hands, and a public execution is scheduled for the middle of the night. “The plan is a success. You and Brody pulled it off,” he reminds her. “But not if he dies,” Carrie replies. “More so if he dies,” Javadi counters, “I ask myself over and over… why? Why would anyone do that to themselves? Why would you? And I think I know now. It was always about [Brody]. That’s what you care about.” Carrie asks for a phone call with her man, which he grants.

On the phone with him, Carrie insists Saul can still fix it, but Brody knows it’s over. “I want it to be over,” he tells her. Brody asks her to not come to his hanging, but she insists that she will. She calls Saul and begs for help, but he knows it’s over, too.

At the hanging, Abu Nazir’s wife Nassrin spits on his face and puts the noose around his neck. Carrie watches from the fence where many have gathered to witness the hanging. A crane lifts up the rope. Carrie climbs the fence and yells at him. A guard knocks her down.

Brody dies.

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Quiz: What is your pet’s Ilvermorny house?

Why should you be the only one who gets a second wizarding house?

1:00 pm EDT, July 29, 2016

Will your pet be sorted into the same Ilvermorny house as you, or will you have to disown them for joining your rival?

Step aside Hogwarts, there’s a new wizarding school in town (or rather, across the sea)! With a new school comes new houses, and a new sorting test. You might’ve gone through an identity crisis after taking the test for yourself, but you’re not the only one who needs sorting. That furry, scaly, or feathery friend needs to know where they belong too, and we’re here to do just that! Last time we helped you find out what Hogwarts house your pet would be sorted into, so now we’ll help you figure out what Ilvermorny house they belong in.

It’s typical for pets to have similar personalities to their owners, so maybe your pet will end up in the same house as you. But to those who have house rivalries, brace yourselves: It’s also possible your pet will end up in a different house than you, maybe even your rival house! Will you be saying ‘bye bye birdie,’ or do you thrive in competition? That probably depends on your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house.

Whether you have a dog, cat, rabbit, bird, or reptile, all pets are welcome at Hypable’s Ilvermorny sorting ceremony! Take the quiz below and let us know where your pet’s loyalties lie, and be sure to take it for each of your pets (unless they’re a squib. Is there an American name for squib?). Don’t want any of them to feel left out!


Now that you know your pet’s Ilvermorny house, maybe you’ll want to decorate their bed with their house crest (shoutout to the Hufflepuffs)! Or maybe you’ll forbid them from entering your room if they’re in a different house (shoutout to the Slytherins)!

Did your pet get the same Ilvermorny house as you?

Forget seeing Luke Cage and Daisy Johnson in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to Jeph Loeb, it’s simply too hard to plan.

Although the Marvel movies and TV series ostensibly exist in the same universe, and although Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. does its best to include Avengers references whenever possible, TV show characters are unlikely to ever show up in the movies.

This despite Chloe Bennet’s continued efforts to remind people that she is, in fact, Marvel’s first on-screen female Asian superhero, and the awesome crossover possibilities the Marvel Netflix series have opened up.

Marvel fans have long been aware of the difficulties of bringing TV characters into the movie ‘verse, but at the 2016 TCAs, Jeph Loeb provided a few more reasons for why it’s practically impossible to coordinate.

“Part of the challenge of doing this sort of thing is that the movies are planned out years in advance of what it is that we are doing,” Loeb says, as quoted by SlashFilm. “Television moves at an incredible speed. The other part of the problem is that when you stop and think about it, if I’m shooting a television series and that’s going to go on over a six-month or eight-month period, how am I going to get Mike [Colter] to be able to go be in a movie? I need Mike to be in a television show.”

In terms of planning out the character arcs, this makes a lot of sense. A Marvel movie might be mapped out years in advance of production, for not to mention release, which means any character scheduled to appear would need to have their stories planned for many seasons in advance. The continuity would certainly be hard to keep track of.

Of course they could still throw in cameos, which fans would probably really appreciate — and crossovers from movies-TV are much more doable, as evidenced by Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Lady Sif (Jaimie Alexander)’s multiple appearances on AoS.

But Marvel is wary of doing that too much, too, because “we never want to be known as an Easter egg farm. It has to work within the story. We never want to do Luke Cage gets into a cab as Foggy Nelson and Matt Murdock are getting out of the cab,” Loeb says, referencing The Man From U.N.C.L.E..

However, don’t lose hope yet. “Anything is possible,” says Loeb. “As I often get reported by you folks for saying #ItsAllConnected, our feeling is that the connection isn’t just whether or not somebody is walking into a movie or walking out of a television show. It’s connected in the way that the shows come from the same place, that they are real, that they are grounded.”

Would you like to see Marvel TV and movie characters cross over more?

If Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda weren’t enough to get you excited about Mary Poppins Returns, maybe Meryl Streep’s name on the roster will do the trick.

Mary Poppins Returns is not a remake of the original 1964 classic but rather a sequel to the Julie Andrews-led musical. As such, it stands to reason that we’ll be getting some new characters this time around. One of those characters will be Miranda’s Jack, who will be a street lamplighter.

And, according to Variety, another one of those new characters will also be portrayed by none other than Meryl Streep, who will be taking on the role of Mary Poppins’ cousin, Topsy. And, yes, the legendary actress will be taking on a singing role for the film.

This will also reunite Streep with her Into the Woods co-star Blunt, as well as Director Rob Marshall and Producer Marc Platt. Streep played the Witch in Into the Woods, while Blunt portrayed the Baker’s Wife opposite James Corden.

Disney’s official synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns reads:

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.

Mary Poppins Returns and will hit theaters December 25, 2018.

Are you on board with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ now that Meryl Streep has joined the cast?