8. We Feel The Pull Of Revenge Amid UncertaintyIn compelling dramas like Homeland, we often find ourselves caught up in the spirit of split loyalties. A character who is at first a hero becomes a villainthe villain later a hero. In season 1 Nicholas Brody plots revenge against Vice President Bill Walden through a complicated reprogramming of Walden's pacemaker (Interestingly, Politico reported on this same scenario that was considered within the inner circles of Vice President Dick Cheney). Initially, we might view Brody's plans as we would those of any other terrorist, but when more and more backstory is given to Nicholas Brody, we began to understand (though not accept) Brody's desire to seek revenge for the death of Issa Nazirthe boy that he loved like a son. What makes Homeland's pull of revenge so compelling is the uncertainty that accompanies it. Each season offers us the sense that any actwhether one of revenge or a simple act of intelligence gatheringis conditioned by the unsettling fact that the justification for the act may be a fleeting one. The midpoint of season 3 offers such a focus with the Javadi plot. As Carrie questions Javadi about Brody's involvement in the CIA bombing, she begins to sense that Brody may be innocent after all. After this conversation, Carrie is left undoubtedly feeling more ambiguity than certainty about her actions (and those of others) in the show. As many of the other points in this feature suggest, we never fully know the Truth. This Nietzschean focus of Homeland is psychologically gripping. While many spa dramas stress a clearer sense of good and evil, Homeland takes the route of shows like the Wire and instead forces us to consider the ambiguity and uncertainty that is present in the world of the show and, presumably, in our own everyday lives.