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The Choice
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Season 2, Episode 12
Written by: Alex Gansa & Meredith Stiehm
Directed by: Michael Cuesta
Production number: 2WAH12
Running time: 66 minutes
Original airdate: December 16, 2012
Viewers (millions): 2.29

The Choice is the season finale of Season 2 of Homeland. It aired on December 16, 2012.


Carrie is faced with a pivotal decision, while Brody meets with Mike Faber to contemplate the future of his family. Meanwhile, Saul undertakes a secret assignment, and Quinn has a decision to make that may prove to be a game-changer.

Episode guide

Carrie and Brody spend another night at the cabin where they had their previous tryst. Quinn, under orders to kill Brody, has tracked them and is across the lake watching their every move. They discuss their futures, and whether it's possible for Brody to have a fresh start. The next morning, Brody alone goes outside to pray, giving Quinn, carrying a sniper rifle, an opportunity to kill him. Quinn has Brody in his sights but doesn't pull the trigger. They mutually realize that if they were to continue their relationship, it would be impossible for Carrie to remain with the CIA.

Quinn later goes to Estes' house and tells him that since Brody's political career is over, he's no longer a threat, and that his information was instrumental to catching Abu Nazir. Quinn says that the only reason to kill Brody now is for Estes' personal reasons, and that the collateral damage would be wrecking Carrie's life yet again, thus he refuses to do it. He also addresses a clear threat to Estes, in case David would try to eliminate Brody by any other means. Estes goes on to release Saul from detention, claiming that he decided Saul was right, and that Brody held up his end of the deal and shouldn't be killed.

Brody goes back home to pick up a suit for the memorial service that the CIA is holding for Vice President Walden. He finds Dana to be the only one home. Dana reflects back on the day that Carrie told her that Brody was going to carry out an attack at the Vice President's summit, and that it all "adds up", and that it's the only thing that makes sense. Brody admits that he was "screwed up" at the time, and that he was planning to do it, but ultimately he didn't, and he never would do such a thing in the future.

Saul finds Carrie and tells her that he's going to recommend her promotion to station chief. When Carrie is less than thrilled, and says she has to think about it, Saul sees that her problem is that she wants to be with Brody. The conversation gets heated as Saul admonishes Carrie for throwing away her career to be with a terrorist. Carrie shoots back that she doesn't want to be alone all her life like Saul. Saul leaves her with the words "You're the smartest and the dumbest fucking person I've ever known".

Carrie and Brody attend Walden's memorial service at Langley. At the same time, the Navy holds a ceremony to bury Abu Nazir at sea, which Saul oversees. While David Estes is delivering the eulogy, Carrie and Brody sneak away to Saul's office to talk. Carrie reveals to Brody that she's decided to forsake her career and be with him. They kiss. Brody looks out the window and is surprised to see that his car has been moved. They see Brody's car now parked right outside the building where the memorial is being held. As Carrie processes what is happening, the car explodes, completely leveling the building. David Estes, Cynthia Walden, Finn Walden, the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of Homeland Security are among the many who perish in the blast. Carrie holds Brody at gunpoint, accusing him of orchestrating the attack. Brody is steadfast in his innocence, saying that he had no motive, and that they were all set up by Abu Nazir, who sacrificed Roya and her team on a decoy attack, and even sacrificed his own life, in order to let everyone's guard down, clearing the way for the bombing on Langley. Carrie seems convinced but tells Brody that nobody else will believe him, and that they need to go on the run immediately.

Saul surveys the damage at Langley and is distraught to learn that the death toll is near 200 and rising, and that Carrie was present at the ceremony but is unaccounted for and presumed dead. He gets a call from Mira, who is relieved to learn that Saul survived, and says that she is returning to the U.S.

Carrie takes Brody to a storage unit where she has hidden some cash and a fake passport for herself. They then go to get a fake passport made for Brody. On a television, they see that al-Qaeda has taken responsibility for the attack, and released Brody's confession video to the media, firmly placing him as the culprit. As the video plays on the news, the Brody family is shown at home watching in horror. Carrie and Brody head to the Canadian border, planning to cross it on foot. When they reach the border, Brody realizes that Carrie isn't coming with him. As they say goodbye, Carrie promises to Brody that she will clear his name. Carrie returns to Langley, where Saul is reciting the Kaddish while standing amongst the rows and rows of dead bodies. Saul is shocked and elated to see that Carrie is alive.


Has anyone listened to the audio book narrated by Damian Lewis that tells of his journey after Carrie leaves him at the Canadian border? The Choice (Homeland) Season 2 Episode 12: Phantom Pain.

S2 DVD extras, they are much longer than 2 minutes.

S2 extras: Damian Lewis’ film diary, finale making-of documentary, deleted scenes.


For every action there is a reaction. Just as you lay waste to our nation, we lay waste to yours, God willing. And nothing is too great for God.

This was love. You and me - Brody for Carrie

I have never seen a better intelligence officer. Killing Brody would kill her. So the only reason to kill Brody now is for you. To cover your ass. And the collateral damage would be to wreck a woman you’ve already wrecked once before. And I ain’t doing that. - Quinn from David Estes


“You gave it up to me,” Nick will say. “Completely.” And she’ll know he’s right. But before that, Saul will say, “You’re throwing your life away,” and she’ll say no: She’s just not giving it away. Saul is one thing only, and his love for Carrie comes out of the idea that they are the same. And he’s right. But because she’s giving up herself to something he can’t, it looks like they are not the same. It looks ugly to him. He fights it like an addict fights recovery, striking blindly at her softest places because he can’t stand the change in vector: Her madness is only acceptable as long as it’s useful; her self-abnegation is only positive so long as he can understand it. –Jacob Clifton

Let's count the 13 ways this most recent "Homeland" was a disaster - by WILLA PASKIN


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