Over on ArtsBeat, Homeland show runner and executive producer Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, an executive producer, are responding to questions from Times readers about the show. Of particular interest: Gansa’s explanation for the anti-climatic killing off of Abu Nazir in last Sunday’s episode.
We wanted to write a show as suspenseful and sophisticated as a John le Carré novel and the great ’70s thrillers like “Three Days of the Condor,” “The Parallax View” and “The Conversation.” Those stories are tightrope acts, balancing character and plot twists very very precariously. Sometimes we fall off the tightrope. No question. But you hope the next week when you have a chance to do it again, you get it right. Or less wrong. Our motto is, give up the secret before the audience expects it. Because you guys know it’s coming. The only way we can surprise you is to deliver it ahead of schedule. And sometimes letting a secret die with a character is the better twist.
Read more from their Q&A at ArtsBeat.