Shows have off seasons. It happens. What worries me about "Homeland" is that it seems to have made structural and thematic choices that limit where it can go next and how effectively it can get there. For three seasons, Brody and Carrie kept finding their way out of impossible situations. I wonder if "Homeland" can do the same.
Last night's season finale of "Homeland" was at once less suspenseful, more elegiac and more heart-rendingly emotional than we were expecting it to be, and left very few of its main characters still in the running.
If you haven't seen the most recent episode of "Homeland," close this browser right now. If you have: WHOA.
How much longer can "Homeland" run before the bank of viewer goodwill empties out?
"Homeland's" problems are not just about Teen Runaway Dana or Awful Leo: They are much bigger than that.