Showtime's Homeland ended its second season with another shocking death — that of counter-intelligence CIA director David Estes, played by David Harewood, following last week's equally surprising deaths of terrorist Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) and Vice President Bill Walden (Jamey Sheridan), who was killed by none other than Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis). Brody will open up season three as a fugitive after being encouraged to go on the run by his CIA analyst girlfriend, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes).

The season two finale of Homeland slowed down the pace to mostly focus on the romantic relationship between Carrie and Brody, as the two spent a night together at her family's lakeside cabin and planned a possible future together, though they also recognized that such a thing would require Carrie to leave the CIA and Brody to abandon his political career and family.

Once Carrie was successful in convincing Brody to go into hiding, she decided to go with him before having a change of heart and leaving him at the Canadian border. Back at Langley, Va., the CIA headquarters, a car bomb exploded in Brody's SUV, killing 200 people who had gathered for Vice President Bill Walden's memorial service. Among the casualties were Walden's son, Finn, Walden's widow, Cynthia, and, of course, Harewood's Estes.

"We have this saying on Homeland, that the story is everything," Harewood told reporters on Monday, according to USA Today. "We all as actors will go where the story takes us." As a result, Harewood took his character's death in stride. "Of course, when I got the call, I was disappointed and a little bit down, but I'll be honest with you. I think that 20 minutes after getting the call, I wrote [executive producer] Alex Gansa an e-mail just saying how grateful I was for the opportunity."


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The season two finale also ended with a video being released by a terrorist organization showing Brody confessing to an act of terrorism. The video, of course, made it appear that the confession was about the Langley bombing, while it actually had to do with his previous near murder-suicide with explosives from season one.

This development, which prompted Brody to abscond to Canada, will get season three off to a nail-biting start, but, at this point, "Nothing has been set in stone," Gansa said, other than the fact that Brody will be "fugitive No. 1."

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