transcript of my comments on Rebecca Nicholson’s Guardian Homeland Blog:Episode 8:Spoilers:Do not read unless you have seen this episode

  • 13 April 2012 1:40PM

    What i Still don’t get is why on earth Carrie didn’t tell Saul everything about the log cabin weekend? eg. what Brody told her? and that she told him everything?! Walker turning out to be alive did not make the information irrelevant:that Brody told her he believed he had killed Walker and loved Abu Nazir? doesn’t this seem like really rather important ‘intel’?

    and, putting Carrie’s emotional connections/sympathy aside (as she should have done) the fact that Brody had been emotionally co-opted to Abu Nazir’s cause in some way? i mean surely Carrie as a seasoned spy would know that was of significance? Saul certainly would. Surely this would be a known method of turning a captive? Walker being alive or not this is still incriminating information on Brody. Which Saul knows nothing about!

    me no get it..brain strain ensues..

    Maybe brody IS the good guy, perhaps he just ‘turned’ to the Muslim faith, but it didn’t look like it at the end of the episode? However now he is ‘turned’ back from whatever plan he was involved in: is that it? just on the basis of discovering Abu Nazir lied to him and set him up. Therefore breaking his Stockholm like syndrome of attachment to Nazir? (which Brody may have confused with the spiritual solace he found in converting).

    whichever way you look at it, it was a bad move in my opinion to go public with Walker’s description which led to Brody being informed of Walker still being alive. Doing so let Brody know of the whole thing which should have been kept quiet. Isn’t it better to capture Walker alive and (hopefully) get information from him?.

    Doesn’t publicly broadcasting Walker’s status reduce that possibility markedly? from all sides:including is own handlers who may decide his cover is already blown? or is this all too darn spy-like and once somebody is named/suspected as a terrorist that’s it:finito baby? if it had to be this then why not get some covert solo guy to take him out with a minimum of fuss?

    i mean:why didn’t they just covertly follow Walker for a while? they might have spotted a meet;identified his handler and so on? he had no luggage/baggage on him:was he that much of a risk? Hadn’t they ‘traced’ his phone:couldn’t they have tracked him from that alone? no, instead they dispatch a large swat team crashing through public buildings at night, get shot by Walker (ok so he had a gun) and end up killing two innocent Muslim men?! great.all a little keystone cops…

    .n.b. the first morning prayer is at sunrise (about 5am) i believe-not in the dark/middle of the night..

    ‘nother n.b: Carrie is now acting as Brody’s own private handy CIA mole!..

  • clarissima

    13 April 2012 3:16PM

    or how about this:the CIA decided to blow Walker’s cover with the thought that if they didn’t get him then his handlers would?

    plus, what if Walker is really a good guy and the great big gun is to take out the baddie:Brody?!..

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