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Chris Brody
Chris Brody profile
Status: Alive
Age: 11
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Father: Nick Brody (d. 2013)
Mother: Jessica Brody
Sibling(s): Dana Brody
Franny Mathison (Half-sister)
Played by: Jackson Pace
Season(s): 1, 2, 3
First episode: "Pilot"
Last episode: "The Star"

What's it like to kill someone? - Chris Brody question for your father

Chris Brody is the son of Nick and Jessica Brody, the younger brother of Dana and the older half-brother of Franny Mathison.



Chris Brody is the son of Nicholas Brody and Jessica Brody. He was too young to remember his father. (Pilot)

He also had his difficulties when his father suddenly returned. With his father missing for most of his life, Chris admits that he doesn't even remember him. Still, he is happy with his new father. In time, however, it is anything but easy for the boy to put up with his parents' problems.

Father's return[]

Chris Brody is the eleven-year-old son of Nicholas and Jessica Brody, but he has no real memory of his father. He loves computer games, especially shooting games, and is in the Boy Scouts. He sometimes writes in a diary and loves a sweet breakfast. He is initially very distant towards his father. He doesn't feel comfortable with the situation either and is very annoyed by all the journalists. During a conversation with his father, he wants to know what it's like to kill someone, but gets no answer. Despite these initial advances, he remains a stranger to his father. Chris is shocked when Brody attack a journalist and later horrified when Nicholas shoots a deer. But he says he can handle it.

Chris has been in the karate club since he was eight years old and is about to take the blue belt exam. He wants Brody to be there this time, but is disappointed. But Mike, who always brought him to training over the years and cheered him on during the exams, saw his successful exam. Chris likes Mike very much, but also perceives that his relationship with Nicholas should be better. He accepts Brody's apology. After all, he's been praying for Brody's return for years. Now he hopes for nothing more than that Brody just gets better. His impression is that the initially tense situation continues to improve, that he gets along better with his father and that the family is growing together again. He is therefore very afraid that a divorce could occur. But he primarily holds back and also worries about his own problems. He considers himself the worst athlete in the 8th grade at school and struggles with his self-confidence. He is impressed by his father when he tells him so much about the Battle of Gettysburg during a trip to Pennsylvania. Chris is in good spirits and feels well. He only notices anything about the further developments and worries incidentally because Jessica shields him well.

Switching to a new school because Nicholas is now a senator is doing him a lot of good. His popularity means that he has numerous friend requests on Facebook and he enjoys being in such demand. He still doesn't notice much about all the family problems. He's just always relieved when his father shows up again after disappearing. He finds it exciting that his father works as a spy without knowing the details. He makes him promise that Nicholas will never simply disappear again. But when the separation is inevitable, Chris unfortunately suffers greatly, seems listless and listless and no longer eats so well.

Since Chris was never able to form a real bond with his biological father, he copes well with the events of Langley. He is primarily concerned about the well-being of his mother and sister and tries to help himself without causing worries. After Dana comes back from the clinic, he treats her carefully and also tries to help Jessica not to force Dana to do anything, but rather to leave her alone. He deals with a lot of things on his own and doesn't struggle with things for long, but accepts them and makes the best of them. When Dana announces that she is moving out, he says a brotherly goodbye and wishes her well.

Scenes deleted[]

Season 3 Episode 12 scene deleted wtih Jessica, Chris and Dana - Brody's name is cleared


  • The meaning of Jody: He's usually at home banging your wife at home while your away on active duty. An urban legend among drill sergeants to embarrass new recruit
    • "You got a girlfriend?"
    • "Yes sir."
    • "Think again she's banging Jody right now, now give me 20 each time she bangs someone this month."
  • Military Slang Term “Jody”: the colorful story behind this bit of military slang, as well as the songs it inspired. Here’s a sample of Jody calls from the Vietnam war in Of Uncommon Birth: Dakota Sons in Vietnam by Mark St. Pierre, and War Dawgs: Kulbes’ Mongrels in Korea, 1950-1951 by Franklin D. R. Kestner and James Livingston.

Character profile[]

Homeland, the critically acclaimed television series, is known for its complex and compelling characters. Among them, Chris Brody stands out as a young boy who finds himself somewhat in the background, dealing with the intricate dynamics of his family. Despite not having a central role in the plot, Chris Brody's character adds depth and richness to the narrative, portraying the challenges that come with growing up and navigating through a world filled with secrecy and deceit.

From a theoretical perspective, Chris Brody's character can be examined through the lens of family systems theory. Developed by psychologist Murray Bowen, this theory suggests that the behavior and functioning of individuals within a family are intricately interconnected. It explores how family members' actions, thoughts, and emotions affect one another and how relationships within the family system influence individuals.

Chris Brody, as a young boy, finds himself entangled in the complexities of his family system. His father, Nicholas Brody, is a former prisoner of war, whose return home brings with it a web of lies and secrets. His mother, Jessica Brody, wrestles with the tumultuous emotions that arise from her husband's mysterious past. Within this intricate dynamic, Chris must grapple with his own emotions and make sense of an environment filled with tension and uncertainty.

Despite his young age, Chris Brody shows remarkable resilience in the face of adversity. He remains a steadfast and observant character, often silently observing the unfolding events around him. His demeanor suggests an acute awareness of the underlying tensions within his family, effectively capturing the emotional undercurrents that shape his world.

Chris Brody's character raises important questions about the impact of family dynamics on children. Growing up in an environment characterized by secrecy and mistrust can have significant ramifications on a child's emotional well-being. As the series progresses, viewers witness Chris's struggle to reconcile the image of his father he once had with the reality that is slowly unraveling. This internal conflict speaks volumes about the fragile nature of trust and the ways in which it can be shattered within the context of a family system.

Moreover, Chris's character serves as a subtle reminder of the collateral damage caused by the actions of adults. As the adults in his life engage in high-stakes espionage and navigate treacherous political landscapes, Chris is left to grapple with the repercussions. He symbolizes the innocence lost as a result of the intricate web of lies woven by his parents and underscores the importance of considering the unintended consequences of one's actions on the next generation.

Chris Brody's character may not have the same level of prominence as some of the show's other main characters, but his presence serves as a constant reminder of the broader context in which the story unfolds. He embodies the silent observer, reflecting the experiences of countless children who find themselves caught in the crossfire of their parents' secrets and adventures.

In conclusion, Homeland's portrayal of Chris Brody serves as a compelling exploration of the impact of complex family dynamics on children. Through his character, viewers are reminded of the fragility of trust and the unintended consequences of actions taken by adults. Chris's stoic presence and observant nature offer a poignant reflection of the silent observers amidst the chaos. By delving into the depths of his character, we gain a greater understanding of the far-reaching implications of the choices we make within our own family systems.

As viewers continue to follow the journey of the Brody family in Homeland, Chris Brody stands as a poignant reminder of the often-overlooked characters who silently navigate the turbulent waters of family dynamics. His presence adds depth and complexity to the narrative, exploring themes of trust, innocence, and resilience. Through a high-minded theoretical approach combined with a down-to-earth writing style, we can truly appreciate the significant role that Chris Brody plays in the larger story of Homeland. [x]


  • Chris' line when Jessica comes home from Mike's: Mom! I thought you were at the movies with Jody? (Pilot)
  • What's it like to kill someone? - Chris Brody question for Brody
  • Shut up Chris - Dana
  • "I have this feeling things are going to get pretty wild soon."
  • “You are.”
  • “Absolutely. Fort’s still in tact.”
  • “Mom, how was your job interview?”
  • “I think it’s pretty cool.” - Episode Tin Man Is Down
  • “Mum.”
  • “Just leave her alone.”
  • “Well, don’t. You’re driving her crazy.”
  • “Maybe she’s not hungry.”
  • “Mum, really. Don’t.” - Episode Uh… Oh… Ah…


Chris Brody

Chris at home!

Chris Brody. Everyone’s favourite non-existent Homeland character.

Played by Jackson Pace, the son of is-he-isn’t-he soldier/terrorist Nicholas Brody’s path couldn’t be more different to that of his sister, Dana (Morgan Saylor). After trying to commit suicide, she went running off in Season 3 with an unstable teenage boy before stropping around the family home with angst on her face. Chris, meanwhile, did nothing. He could easily have not had a face at all. While Dana appeared in six of 12 episodes, Chris appeared in just four. And he didn’t even speak in all of them: in the screenwriting world, Chis Brody got top marks at The Milford Academy.

But if Saylor is one of the most interesting performers in the series, albeit the one given the worst story lines, Pace hasn’t let the team down: despite being the most underwritten character in modern TV history, he has been sure to make the role of Chris Brody his own. In one scene, he stood up. In another, he sat down. Sometimes, he disappeared for six episodes in a row. - Ivan Radford

Behind the Scenes[]


Season 1
Pilot Grace Clean Skin Semper I Blind Spot
The Good Soldier The Weekend Achilles Heel "Crossfire" "Representative Brody"
The Vest Marine One
Season 2
The Smile "Beirut is Back" "State of Independence" New Car Smell Q&A
A Gettysburg Address The Clearing I'll Fly Away Two Hats "Broken Hearts"
In Memoriam "The Choice"
Season 3
Tin Man Is Down Uh... Oh... Ah... Tower of David Game On The Yoga Play
Still Positive Gerontion A Red Wheelbarrow One Last Thing Good Night
Big Man in Tehran The Star

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