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Dana Brody
Dana Brody profile
Status: Alive
Age: 18
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Father: Nick Brody (d. 2013)
Mother: Jessica Brody
Sibling(s): Chris Brody (brother)
Franny Mathison (half-sister)
Significant other(s): Ex-boyfriends:
Xander
Finn Walden (d. 2012)
Leo Carras (one night stand)
Played by: Morgan Saylor
Jessica Morgan Ford (stunts)
Season(s): 1, 2, 3
First episode: "Pilot"
Last episode: "One Last Thing"
  • Brody: It's hard to see it like that. I lost so much. Your family. My daughter especially. When I- When I completed the plan that Allah had set out for me it destroyed her. She tried to kill herself.
  • NassrinI'm sorry. It is hard when you don't have faith.
  • Brody: She had faith. She had faith that her own father wouldn't betray her and make her life unlivable.

Dana Brody is the daughter of Nick and Jessica Brody and the elder sister of Chris and half sister of Franny Mathison.

Novels[]

The first mention of Dana Brody's name came in the novel:

Background[]

Dana Brody

Dana at home.

Intelligent and strong-minded, Dana is the only member of the family with whom Brody feels most comfortable after his return home. She is the only one to whom Brody freely admits his conversion to the Muslim faith. Dana exhibits some resentment towards her mother for having had an affair with Mike.

Season 1[]

Dana Brody is the daughter of Nicholas and Jessica Brody. She is also extremely sharp-tongued and quick-witted and always speaks her mind. She is currently in the middle of puberty, smokes hookah with her boyfriend Xander and argues a lot with her mother. She is initially a bit overwhelmed by Brody's return, especially since she doesn't like the media hype. She thinks everything is a lie and has absolutely no desire to play it safe during an interview. She deliberately misses the preparation for the interview, thereby upsetting her mother once again. Nicholas is not so strict and shows his understanding. Dana quickly gets along well with her father. She even eats breakfast again now that Jessica is no longer preparing it. Jessica can then persuade her to take part in the interview for her father's sake. Dana confronts her mother about the fact that she knows about her relationship with Mike. She accuses her mother of being selfish and accuses her of keeping this to herself. Since mother and daughter are not making any progress, Nicholas tries his luck and with empathy he can make it clear that the interview is intended to bring peace to the family. She doesn't tell her father anything about Mike because he made it clear to her during the conversation that eight years of absence were also a difficult time for her mother. Dana very much hopes that her parents don't divorce, especially since she reconnected with her father so quickly.

But Dana continues to rebel and repeatedly provokes arguments with her mother. When she is under house arrest, she invites her friends over and smokes weed with them. She runs through the glass door of the veranda and injures her hand. When Mike is there again to help, he tells him that he should leave the family alone if he wants the best for them. Dana is very busy with herself, looking for her place in the world and taking out her frustration, especially on her mother. On a family trip to Pennsylvania, she watches her father closely and has an intense conversation with him that gives her pause. She also promises her father that she will look after her mother if things get uncomfortable for the family. From then on, Dana is a little skeptical about the statement and tries to find out what her father is doing. She wants to open the package that Nicholas suddenly has in the car, but doesn't get around to it. Later, she watches the video footage of the trip with Xander and finds that he is acting strangely and has something in his eyes that she can't explain. Dana continues to spy on her father and catches him praying in the garage. She is afraid and angry because of his lies, but in another conversation with her father she finds access to his behavior and promises that she will keep it to herself.

Dana only wants the best for her father and tries to stop him from going to Vice President Walden's speech because Tom Walker is still at large and could carry out an attack there. She finds it very strange that she conducts most of the conversation through a door. When she then sees the news reporting that there have been shots, she is very upset. She is completely confused when Carrie confronts her at home that her father is a terrorist. She should call her father if she doesn't believe her. But Dana calls the police instead and gets rid of Carrie. Nevertheless, completely distraught, she contacts Nicholas and then unsettles Nicholas to hear his voice and tell him what happened. She also makes her father promise to come home again because she needs him. In doing so, she unconsciously prevents Brody from attacking her. She is happy when she can hug her father again.

Season 2[]

Dana has come to a new school with her father as a senator. But she doesn't feel comfortable there because all the students are so inauthentic. At a morning meeting she is upset by Finn Walden's comments and says emotionally that her father is a Muslim, but no one takes this seriously. Nevertheless, she is summoned to the school principal for her behavior and gets into real trouble from Jessica. Dana accepts this to protect her father, but also looks for support, so that he ultimately says that Dana is right in what she said. A little later, Dana helps her father bury the Koran and is curious about the rituals. Meanwhile, she has contact with Finn Walden via the Internet and gets along better and better with him. They study together and visit the Washington Monument late in the evening. They even kiss there, but Dana rejects Finn because she wants to talk to Xander first. The next day she breaks up with Xander and also talks about it with her mother, who is very proud of her approach. Dana also explains to Jessica that her father has changed, but that she trusts him in a certain way and is always convinced that he will come back when he disappears.

When Dana and Finn try to escape his bodyguards, they race through the streets in their car and run over someone. Dana wants Finn to turn back, but Finn is afraid of the trouble, sees that there is another person there and convinces Dana to let him continue driving. Dana cannot let go of the thought of having killed someone, even though Finn assures her that the person would definitely be fine. She skips school to go to the hospital to see what might have happened to the person. She meets a girl her age who can only watch her mother die. Dana is very unhappy and desperately wants to help, but Finn is upset, makes it clear that his father would not survive such a scandal as a presidential candidate and is against helping. But Dana goes to the woman's funeral and is recognized by the girl. Dana finds out that the family now has major money problems. Her desire to make amends for what she did by going to the police and then helping the family continues to increase and she is able to persuade Finn to tell the mothers. Jessica supports Dana's concerns, but Cynthia Walden wants to handle it alone. Since Nicholas also approves of Dana's approach, who does not see her complicity settled with an unofficial settlement and is still suffering under the circumstances, he goes straight to the police with Dana, but is stopped by Carrie shortly beforehand. Dana is furious that her father is ignoring her wishes because of Carrie. She runs away and drives to Mike Faber, where she is allowed to spend the night after he informs the worried Jessica. Dana tells Jessica beforehand that Carrie was the reason Nicholas backed out. The next day, Dana asks Mike to drive her to an address. She visits the girl, confesses everything to her and offers to help. But she doesn't want to know anything about it and says that she feels better if she stays silent because that means she gets money from the Waldens. Since Dana is literally insulted and thrown out, she continues to be deeply sad and dissatisfied. But she enjoys that Jessica just holds her in her arms and is there for her.

When the family is taken to a safe house a little later, Dana is very annoyed at being essentially locked up. She becomes increasingly angry with her father because his return has thrown everything out of control. She doesn't want to talk to him on the phone and isn't really happy about his return. Meanwhile, she has ignored numerous text messages from Finn, but then agrees to meet him because he is so persistent. They speak out and clarify that their experience has taken away their lightness and that things can never be the same again. Overall, she is still very angry, blaming her father for not having a normal life and stating that she would rather have Mike as a father. When Dana is finally able to leave the safe house, she is very happy. Despite her anger, she can't just let her father go. She surprises him as he gets his suit to say goodbye. She learns from her father that Carrie was really right back then. Everything makes sense to Dana now. She is very upset and leaves without a word - despite all of Nicholas' attempts to explain. When she is asked about Brody a little later about the Langley bombing, she is certain that her father did not do it because she realized in their last conversation that he was not capable of it. But you don't really want to rely on their feelings. When Dana sees Brody's video, she is just as shocked as Chris and Jessica and doesn't know what to believe anymore.

Season 3[]

Dana finds it very difficult to deal with the events. She faces headwinds from all sides and ultimately sees no other way out than to take a bath and slit her wrists. But she survives and is treated therapeutically. Little by little she even takes part in the group meetings and gets to know Leo Carras there. Both immediately like each other. Dana is making pretty quick progress and will soon be able to go home. She likes the newly decorated bathroom and is also changing her own room. She seems very stable in contact with her brother, her mother and her grandmother. However, she hears her grandmother saying that if she had really wanted to kill herself, she would have done it, so her suicide attempt shouldn't be made a big deal about. Dana tries to keep in touch with Leo. She tests her limits again and sends him a topless photo.

Overall, Dana feels good back home, but she quickly becomes annoyed with her mother again and really longs for Leo. This even goes so far that she runs away and breaks into the clinic to meet Leo there and spend the night with him. She feels understood and safe in Leo's presence and has therefore been truly happy for a long time. Her mother is anything but happy with her daughter's actions and Dana gets into an argument with her, during which she makes it clear that she didn't want to take her own life to get attention, but that she really wanted to kill herself because everything was hers became too much. She just wanted everything to be over. Thanks to Leo, she really has the will to live again. She accuses Brody of being a madman who destroyed the family, but still can't completely get away from him. When she finds his prayer mat, she even tries it out.

Although Dana has had one or two intense conversations with her mother, she lacks genuine affection and respect. She does her own thing and does what she thinks is best for herself. She steals her mother's car and runs away with Leo again. They want to start a new life together. But her determination and love for Leo shakes when she hears on the news why Leo is actually in the clinic. She then confronts Leo directly and forces him to tell her the truth. She is shocked to realize that Leo had also been lying to her the whole time. Dana cannot accept this because it is honesty that she demands because her father's lies had caused her all the heartache. She allows herself to be taken into custody by the police and the escape into a new life is over. However, Dana quickly comes up with a new plan that she carries out on her own. She takes her mother's maiden name and moves out of home. Her mother presents her with a fait accompli that she can no longer change. Dana's decision is made. She wants to stay with a friend named Angela for the time being.

Dana wants to stand on her own two feet and be responsible for everything herself. She looks for a job as a cleaner in a motel where she also has her own room. When her father unexpectedly shows up at her door, she is at first confused, but then very determined. She thinks it's selfish of him to want to see her even though it only causes her pain. She wants to know what she should say to him so that he will leave her alone forever. She is relieved when Brody leaves again and hopes that she will never hear from him again and can continue living her life alone.

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

Biography[]

Dana had a friend named Xander, with whom she was caught smoking marijuana by her mother.She has a strained relationship with her mother, who believes she is being intentionally difficult.

In season one, she had kept her father's secret observance of Islam to herself, strengthening their familial bond, until making a shocking statement at school which led to a family confrontation that ended with Nick's admission of this fact to Jessica. It was Dana's call to her father, at Carrie's urging, that backed him down from going through with the suicide bombing. When Brody is about to detonate his suicide vest at the State Department, Carrie convinces Dana to call him and "talk him down", which convinces Brody to not go through with the attack, though Dana is left not having any clue what Brody was planning to do.

In season two, despite an initial conflict with one another at school, she went on to form a more serious relationship with Finn Walden, son of the Vice President.

While she is on a date with her boyfriend Finn Walden, he is driving recklessly, fatally strikes a pedestrian, then drives away. However, their relations became strained when Finn recklessly committed a vehicular homicide. Stricken with guilt, Dana and her parents agreed to report the crime, ignoring, the strong objections from Finn's parents. Dana is overcome with guilt. Her relationship with her father deteriorates when she wants to report the accident to the police, but her father doesn't allow it (his hand is forced by the CIA), much to her disillusionment.

But in order to preserve his bond with the Vice President (which was crucial for his undercover CIA mission), her father needed to go along with the cover-up. This decision caused a bitter falling out between the two. She later became agitated when her family was forced to stay in a CIA safe house, and lashed out to him that, "Mike has been a better father than you ever were!".

The last time Dana saw her father was when he, then officially separated from Jessica, came to his old house to borrow a suit. She confronted him with her realization that Carrie's warning of him being a jihadist, however outlandish it may have once seemed, now made perfect sense given his strange behavior recently. In confidence, he confessed his aborted act of terrorism to her, which seemed to ease their tensions. A serious suicide attempt was made months later, which got her committed to a mental hospital.

In season three, despite his admittance just a short time earlier, Dana was still at first incredulous of the suspicion that her father could have perpetrated the Langley Bombing on 12/12. FBI agents came to search their home, and she insisted his innocence. It was not until she saw his confession video on the news (which was released by al-Qaeda to frame him) that she began to believe it.

When she watches the news showing that her father was turned in Afghanistan, Dana attempts suicide and is eventually placed in a psychiatric hospital, where she meets Leo Carras. The two begin a relationship and eventually run off together until Dana learns that Leo was possibly involved in the death of his own brother, which Leo told her was a suicide.

There she met Leo Carras who, unbeknownst to her, was committed for the homicide of his brother. He became her reason to live, and took her virginity in the hospital laundry room. Dana helped him escape for an adventure in her mother's stolen car. Upon learning from a news report that Leo had lied to her by claiming that his brother committed suicide, she went to the police and cut ties with him.

She returned home upset but also enlightened. A radical decision was made to legally change her last name to Lazaro, her mother's maiden name, and to move in with a random friend named Angela. This came as a great surprise to Jessica, as there was no prior discussion whatsoever. Her leaving looked to be on good terms, as her mother was understandably saddened but supportive.

After this, Dana changes her last name to disassociate herself from her father and moves out of the house. Having dropped out of high school, she became employed as a motel maid. Psychologically ruined and disillusioned, she ends up cleaning motel rooms, seeing Brody one final time before he goes to Iran. There she encountered her father for the final time. He came to apologize and to profess his innocence before his mission to assassinate Danesh Akbari, leader of the IRGC in Iran. Her father tries to reconnect with her, and Dana rejects him and claims to never want to see him again. Forgiveness was out of the question, and she instead demanded he leave forever.

Ruined: The Character Inconsistencies[]

As easy as it is to understand Brody's side, it's impossible not to agree with Dana in the scene where her father visits her. Her life was devastated by the consequences of his choices, she lost everything, almost lost her life, it's not possible for him after so many lies to expect a reception with open arms. As painful as it was to see Brody rejected, it was a result of his actions and the impact they had on the lives of those who loved him.

Brody leaves disheartened when Dana asks him what he wants her to say so she'll never have to see him again.

Character profile[]

Dana Brody, a character in the television series "Homeland," embodies the challenges and complexities that arise when a young person is thrust into the national spotlight due to the actions of their family. As the daughter of Nicholas Brody, a Marine Sergeant turned prisoner of war turned suspected terrorist, Dana finds herself grappling with her own identity, torn between her love for her father and the public's harsh judgment.

From a theoretical standpoint, Dana's character can be examined through the lens of social constructionism, which emphasizes the role of society in shaping our understanding of reality. The public's perception of Nicholas Brody as a traitor and terrorist shapes how they view Dana, as though her father's actions and reputation define her own worth. In this way, Dana becomes a symbol of the complex dynamics that occur when an individual's identity is both personal and collective.

While Dana's struggles could be seen as typical of a troubled teenager, her circumstances amplify the intensity of her emotions. She constantly grapples with the pressure to conform to societal expectations, enduring public scrutiny and judgment that few can relate to. This leads her to engage in risky and rebellious behavior as a means of asserting her independence and reclaiming some semblance of control over her own narrative.

One of the central themes explored through Dana's character is the concept of loyalty. Dana finds herself torn between her allegiance to her father and a desire to distance herself from the consequences of his actions. This internal conflict becomes a driving force in her character arc, as she navigates the emotional turmoil of grappling with the potential guilt by association while also yearning for a sense of belonging and stability.

Dana's experiences further highlight the complexities of adolescence when intertwined with the harsh realities of a world that demands answers and accountability. Her struggles serve as a reminder that individuals, especially young ones, are not solely defined by the actions of their parents or family members. Dana's journey offers a unique perspective on the human capacity for resilience and the ability to redefine oneself in the face of adversity.

In our own lives, we may encounter situations where perception, judgment, and societal pressures attempt to shape our sense of self. Dana Brody's character in "Homeland" serves as a reminder that we have the power to forge our own identities, free from the constraints and expectations that others impose upon us. It is through the acknowledgment of our own agency and capacity for growth that we can find the strength and resilience to navigate the challenges life throws at us.

In conclusion, Dana Brody's character in "Homeland" represents the struggles of a troubled teenager thrust into the public eye due to her father's actions. Through an analytical and theoretical lens, we can see her character as an embodiment of the dynamics between personal and collective identity. Dana's journey offers insights into the complexities of loyalty, the challenges of adolescence, and the individual's capacity for resilience. By examining her experiences, we can reflect on our own struggles with societal expectations and find inspiration in her ability to redefine herself. It is through these insights that we can embrace our own agency and shape our own narratives, free from the judgments and pressures that seek to define us. [x]

Quotes[]

Spoken by Dana[]

  • Dana asking her brother in that snarky teenager tone “do you even remember him?”
  • Nicholas Brody: What are you playing?
  • Mike Faber: Hearts.
  • Nicholas Brody: Hearts? Watch out for this guy, kids. Back in the day, he used to double his paycheck playing this game.
  • Dana Brody: Hearts, which the Marines call "Hunt the Cunt".
  • Jessica Brody: Dana!
  • Dana Brody: Don't blame me, mom, blame the Marines.
  • Dana: “Stay away from us. There’s no place for my father when you’re here.”
  • Shut up Chris - Dana
  • "What did the optimist say as he war jumping of a building? So far, so good" - Dana Brody
  • "Have you thought for a second if I wanted to see you?" Dana says, crying.
  • “What did you want to hear? That you were a good father? That despite everything everything is fine? What do you want me to say?” She turns and picks up a pen and pad of paper.
  • “I'll tell you that, as long as you promise I'll never have to see you again,” she says, before seeing Carrie at the door.
  • "Any one of you." Dana says

Spoken about Dana[]

  • When Brody is catching up with modern times and says: “Dana showed me this video called YouTube, have you seen it? It was this dog talking about the weather”.
  • Brody: I will come back from Tehran.
  • Carrie: I know you will.
  • Brody: And not just for her.
  • Nicholas: Now I'm a soldier back from war.
  • Nassrin: With a victory.
  • Nicholas: It's hard to see it like that. I lost so much. Your family. My daughter especially. When I- When I completed the plan that Allah had set out for me it destroyed her. She tried to kill herself.
  • Nassrin:  I'm sorry. It is hard when you don't have faith.
  • Nicholas: She had faith. She had faith that her own father wouldn't betray her and make her life unlivable.

Reviews[]

Brody's greatest moment of hypocrisy comes at the end of the season when he meets Carrie for the last time and berates her for coming to his house, half-deranged, and confronting his daughter Dana (Morgan Saylor, who starts out as a typical annoying teen and becomes the season's breakout character) with the information that her father is a terrorist, in the hopes that Dana can contact Brody and dissuade him from going through with his plan.  "You broke into my house.  You terrified my daughter.  She's sixteen years old, by the way.  Sixteen."  What Brody knows and Carrie doesn't is that her plan worked.  Carrie not only saved the lives of Brody and his would-be victims, but she saved Dana--for the time being--from the shame and horror of living the rest of her life as a terrorist's daughter, the fate to which her now so-concerned father was willing to subject her to.  Carrie is so steeped in self-doubt at this point that she accepts Brody's censure, and Brody takes advantage of that to grind her even further into the ground--all in the service of his mission.- Abigail Nussbaum

Is Dana irritating sometimes? Sure. But that’s because teenagers are irritating sometimes, as anyone who has ever been or met a teenager knows firsthand. Saylor is just doing her job. In fact, she’s doing it exceedingly well. For my money, Dana Brody is the most lifelike teenager character on television since Freaks and Geeks was canceled 13 years ago. - Andrew Romano

But it was really Saylor who stole the show. Over the course of three minutes, Dana Brody's alter ego made three seasons worth of waiting worthwhile.

Director Jeffery Reiner’s blocking of the scene at the motel—we kept cutting back, annoyingly so, to Lewis’s reaction—suggested that this was Brody’s scene, but Saylor’s performance flat out stole it.

It wasn’t the lines. It was the way Saylor played the silences. The look on her face after she opened that door flashed 1,000 emotions: disbelief, defiance, love, hate, anger, confusion and everything that a daughter who was ready to kill herself to escape her father's sins must be feeling when he shows up at her doorstep.

And the way she moves. Blocking him at first, then retreating, withdrawing, before finally thrusting the pen and paper at her father. “Here. Just write it down. Really. Just write and down and I will say it to you. As long as you promise that I will never have to see you again.”

Saul, Carrie, and the special ops guys found out just how hard it was to push Brody’s buttons, because after so many years behind bars, they’re hidden beneath layers of scars. But the biggest button of all? Dana Brody knows right where it is, because she put it there. - Allen St. John

As inevitable as his use of those assets to hurt Dana seems, and as little as I look forward to it, the pattern of Dana’s bad decisions just keeps repeating. - JUDE ELLISON SADY DOYLE

"What’s great about Dana as a character is she’s truly liberal. She’s a curious creature and she’s interested in the world around her. She’s not daunted by those things. That’s why she had the foresight and the maturity to accept her father at a time when her mother wasn’t able to do that. And that’s what’s particularly sad now–even she can’t make that step anymore. She can’t make that leap.” –Damian Lewis

You pinned a lot there on Morgan Saylor, who plays Dana, in these last few episodes. Did she exceed your expectations?

GANSA | From the minute Morgan walked into the casting room, she was head-and-shoulders above everybody we saw. She has the unique and uncanny ability to make scenes and dialogue her own, and in such unexpected ways. It’s actually one of the things we’re most proud of this season, because from the minute Brody walked into that waiting room in the pilot, she was the one with whom he had a connection. She was the one who elicited a smile from him. We built that relationship all through the season and gave Morgan more and more to do, because we knew that she was going to have to carry the finale. We just think she did a spectacular job.

GORDON | Alex, didn’t you have to call her about something once? You’ve got to tell that story.

GANSA | I was calling her because she did a fantastic job in that scene where Dana told Mike, “Stay away from us. There’s no place for my father when you’re here.” It was a Friday night, and I got her mom. I was like, “I’ve got to talk to Morgan, where is she?” Her mom said, “Well, it’s Friday night – she’s at the high school football game with her boyfriend.” [Laughs] Well of course she is, she’s 16 years old! It was so sweet. - By Matt Webb Mitovich

“That scene was an expression of all the emotions Dana’s been feeling toward her father, and toward Carrie. I think she probably had thought about what she would say a million times, if this ever happened. And I think she said the right things.” –Morgan Saylor

Dana is the one character who Brody connects to more than anyone else, even Carrie. Her opinion of her father is the biggest factor in Brody's opinion of himself, and so by giving her a chance to tell Brody how she truly feels, Homeland gave Brody the opportunity to reevaluate his own life. He realizes that he has a duty to give Dana the distance she wants, and that he needs to focus on redeeming himself by helping the CIA in one last mission. - By Rachel Simon

Dana and Carrie have some parallels too. They seem like they’re the only characters who really see Brody, and know something weird is going on with him. - By WILLA PASKIN

This is the criticism that's the most bothersome. Dana isn't unlikeable. She's smart, kind (remember the hit-and-run guilt), and surprisingly funny ("What did the optimist say when he jumped off the building? So far, so good!"). Before everything happened to her family, she was a regular, sarcastic teen who enjoyed doing normal 16-year-old stuff like hanging out with friends, dating guys, and occasionally partaking in illicit substances. - By Rachel Simon

Q: Do you think Dana believed Carrie?

Howard Gordon: Oh absolutely, that’s the intention. She protests too much: “I never thought that, of course you didn’t do it, of course you wouldn’t be that person.” But she’s wishing it to be true as she’s saying it, in an effort to convince him not to go through with his plans.

Alex Gansa: The trick was this beautiful confluence of events; everything fell into place, where Carrie was cut off from Saul, in terms of having an inside voice to help her stop this thing from happening, exploits the fact that she illicitly spied on the family to make this sort of Hail Mary play with the daughter, who she knows is his Achilles’ heel.

Aside 1: Achilles’ heels, again.

Aside 2: I’m always so impressed with Morgan Saylor’s acting in the scene with Claire Danes. Can you imagine? Her first scene with her and it’s perhaps the most pivotal of the entire season. She pulls it off flawlessly, even with Claire Danes screaming in her face.

Aside 3: Gorgeous cinematography in the second and third photos at top. Wow wow wow.

“That ambiguous ending on the roof — where they’re both co-existing [with] this knowledge that something happened between them that they can’t really talk about — that was the feeling we wanted everyone to be left with.” –Alex Gansa on “Marine One”

Alex Gansa has mentioned it in several interviews. I would summarize what I have seen as "We wanted to show the effects on the family, and her storyline is important going forward."

Here' one:

The audience has been pretty vocal about the Dana (Morgan Saylor) story line, and it has nothing to do with this ruse. What are your thoughts on the reaction that plot has gotten so far? Gansa: You have to watch that story play out. The truth of the matter is that the Dana-Brody story, that father-daughter relationship, is very important to the series. I'm not going to defend the Dana story. Obviously some people like it, some people hate it. The emotional truth of what Dana is going through does become very important as we move into the second and third movements of the season. That's not to say that her story will be front and foremost as we move into the second and third movements, but it was important for us to set her emotional table.

Source Another:

I’m pretty sure people are going to be reacting on Twitter Sunday night to that road trip for Dana. Can you talk about that storyline?

Poor Dana has been getting some heat this season. Brody is a huge part of the architecture of this season as you’ll see as we move into the last eight episodes. And his relationship with his daughter is a big fulcrum in this season. We really had to set her emotional table here; what she’s been through as a result of what she thinks he’s done. That’s why we’re telling that story.

What’s your take on the online backlash?

I have stopped reading it. It started to drive me mad at the end of the last season, and I’m not kidding. I have stopped reading all that stuff. I hear anecdotally people think we’re giving her too much room on the show. It’s a story we thought we should be telling and it’s important to the last eight episodes.

Is there any chance of Dana’s storyline intersecting with the rest of the story?

The story intersects on an emotional level. Her talking about her father lying to her while looking at the place he deployed — that’s an important emotional strand. That’s an important thematic strand. She feels she was lied to and the relationship she had with her father is bankrupt.

Source (page 2) Todd Van Der Werff over at the A.V. Club makes the best case for Dana:

There’s been plenty of debate among my critical brethren about the need for the Brody family to continue being a part of this series, but I’ll come out and say this: There was nothing in this episode as riveting and interesting to me as the travails of Dana Brody, even with the topless selfie you just know will leak to the press in episode seven. I liked season two more than many critics and more than many of you, but the more I’ve thought about it since it ended, the more I’ve realized that what that season was lacking were real, obvious consequences. Carrie and Brody behaved essentially with impunity, and the only consequences they suffered were of the nebulous variety that existed solely within the show’s reality. This was particularly true of the Carrie and Brody romantic relationship, my biggest problem with the season, which went from a strange connection between two damaged people to the truest love ever depicted on television. In a lot of ways, this was a disconnect between the writing, the performances, and the directing, which were all working at odds in the depiction of this relationship, but it particularly felt as it did because the ultimate consequence of the two’s canoodling was that they were separated forever (again) by Brody’s apparent framing for the Langley bombing and Carrie sending him off to Canada to go on the run. Season three almost immediately begins putting the lie to this fiction the two (or maybe just Carrie) built up around themselves, and this is particularly true in the Brody family storyline. Dana doesn’t just suffer because her father’s now the most wanted fugitive in the world; she tries to kill herself in a moment of absolute despair. Homeland gets into trouble when it forgets that it’s not a show about Nicholas Brody, but in the Brody family storyline, it remembers that it’s at its most powerful when it’s a show about how the people in Brody’s orbit perceive him. The ghost of Nick Brody is literally the only thing tying all of the series’ disparate storylines at this point, and that’s an interesting choice, one that takes its time to make itself fully known but one that carries a punch when we see, say, Dana struggling to readjust to a world that’s spinning off its axis or Jess trying to move forward while being subject to journalists hounding her when she picks up her daughter from a mental health facility that she had to beg her mother to pay for.

What’s the worst mistake that Homeland has made?

Gansa: I’m going to let the mistake one just go by. It’s sort hard not to feel defensive about criticism, and for me to wade into that… Look, the Brody family has been a bit of a third rail. I guess I would say the biggest mistake we made, possibly, was giving Dana another love interest [Leo Carras] in this season.

Behind the Scenes[]

Appearances[]

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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