Morgan Saylor as Dana and Sam Underwood as Leo on "Homeland." (Showtime)
At some point, in the "Homeland" writers' room, Dana Brody's (Morgan Saylor) story line became a main plot point. After the teenager tried to take her own life at the close of season 2, Dana stopped being written as the child of the troubled Nicholas Brody, and started to be written as an adult growing up in the wake of her father's betrayal. As a result, many critics and viewers have harshly criticized "Homeland" and Dana as a character for being a useless part of the show.
In fact, there has been so much hate thrown Dana's way that Saylor herself spoke to The Daily Beast about the rampant hate and death threats her character's been on the receiving end of. (She's also been labelled as one of TV's most hated characters.)
"Dana's story is different than most of 'Homeland,'" Saylor explained. "And I know that. But it shows the effect Brody's actions have on his family. And I also think it's important to give viewers a break... I don't take it personally."
And, despite what the haters think, this new direction for Saylor's character makes Dana's story line one of the most interesting of the series.
Two episodes after finding her father's prayer mat in the garage and praying the same way he did, Dana recounted the day Brody left for war years ago: while some families were in tears, Brody seemed eager to leave his, she tells her boyfriend. Obviously, despite Brody's ghost-like presence in the season so far, it's important to remember that even before being brainwashed (before the series even started), he was negatively impacting those he left behind. And without watching Dana process what her father was, then what he became and what he did, we wouldn't understand the full scope of Brody's (Damien Lewis) actions.
Sure, we saw that he almost blew up a room full of high-positioned politician and we saw that he was framed for an even bigger act of terrorism. But when basking in action scenes and Carrie-Brody hotel hook-ups, it's easy to forget that his actions directly impacted his family. (Which is why it was also easy to lose patience with Jess (Morena Baccarin) in Season 1 -- she was getting in the way of the storyline we wanted to see.)
Dana is also the first honest character "Homeland" has had, well, ever. Nicholas Brody lied about everything. Jess and Mike (Diego Klattenhoff) lied about their relationship. Carrie lied about her mental disorder, then her relationship with Brody. Saul lied for Carrie, then with her over this past season (when they went in on the plan to flush out the financial terrorist in episode 4). And as for Chris Brody (Jackson Pace) -- well, it seems like the writers completely forget about him, so let's just forget about him, too.
Dana, however, has had the guts not only to admit why she tried to Read More »from In defence of Dana Brody on ‘Homeland’