The possibility that real love could still exist between Brody and Carrie, is the crazy, implausible miracle at “Homeland’s” heart. Consider how insane-but-somehow-real-seeming it was that Carrie would say “I loved you” to a man she was about to have taken into custody. Consider how insane-but-somehow-real-seeming it was that in the beat following Carrie’s declaration, right before the CIA agents stormed in, it looked like Brody was considering kissing her. Having just been made as a terrorist, with the CIA about to come barreling in the door, Brody was considering laying one on the woman who had just exposed him, on the women whom he had made doubt her own sanity, on the woman who had just suggested he might kill her and try to make it look like rough sex. The fact that such a moment is possible — that they seemed like they might kiss, that they seemed like they might want to kiss, that we might want them to kiss — is so implausible, and yet also undeniable.
Brody: How come when I met you at the safehouse the other day, you pretended like we hadn’t bumped into each other at the support group?
Carrie: Oh, that.
Brody: Yeah, that.
Carrie: You mean aside from the fact that I’m not supposed to get help from counsellors outside the agency.