|Father:||Nick Brody (d. 2013)|
|Sibling(s):||Chris Brody (brother)|
Franny Mathison (Half-sister)
Finn Walden (d. 2012)
Leo Carras (one night stand in 2013)
|Played by:||Morgan Saylor|
Jessica Morgan Ford (stunts)
|Season(s):||1, 2, 3|
|Last episode:||"One Last Thing"|
"What did the optimist say as he war jumping of a building? So far, so good" - Dana Brody
Dana Brody is the daughter of Nicholas Brody and Jessica Brody. She is the first in the family that her father reconnects with. Now she is also the first to realize that something is wrong with her father... It is not always easy for the girl.
Dana Lazaro (formerly Brody) is the daughter of Nicholas and Jessica and older sister to Chris. 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. 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.
While she is on a date with her boyfriend Finn Walden, Finn is driving recklessly, fatally strikes a pedestrian, then drives away. 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.
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. After this, Dana changes her last name to disassociate herself from her father and moves out of the house. Psychologically ruined and disillusioned, she ends up cleaning motel rooms, seeing Brody one final time before he goes to Iran. Her father tries to reconnect with her, and Dana rejects him and claims to never want to see him again.
Personal life and relationships
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A serious suicide attempt was made months later, which got her committed to a mental hospital. 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.
Having dropped out of high school, she became employed as a motel maid. 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. 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.
"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."
"I will return from Tehran"... "Not just for her." - As he gets ready to depart, Brody pledges that he will survive the mission and return for Dana and Carrie.
“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
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”
Behind the Scenes
|Pilot||Grace||Clean Skin||Semper I||"Blind Spot"|
|The Good Soldier||The Weekend||Achilles Heel||Crossfire||"Representative Brody"|
|The Vest||Marine One|
|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|
|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"|
- Dana Brody (Showtime's official character page)