I was also disappointed by the revelation that the bombing of the madrassa, which caused the death of Abu Nazir's son, was real. I had assumed that like so many of the other mind games Nazir played, it was really an elaborate hoax and the kid wasn't Nazir's son at all. The way it played out setup so much "moral equivalency," it bothered me. Nazir was a a brutal torturer and terrorist and setting up a situation that in any way justified his actions weakened the story I thought.
I don't think so. The way I see it Brody came to love the boy, as a part of his "return to humanity" during his captivity. The boy was just a boy, his father's actions had nothing to do with him. Unfortunately we all saw numerous times on the news that this things can happen too (I'm talking about the bombing killing dozens of children or similar situations). If anything, it just shows that hoaxes and lies go both ways. I don't want to go into a political discussion that's not the point but we also saw first hand what an administration can do to achieve its goal(s). I don't take sides of course, just saying. Brody, imo, at the end of the first season, is a tortured soul and wounded for the rest of his life. His "cause" isn't the same as Nazir's (remember his video recording?) and at his heart he's still a marine and a proud american but there are things that happened that he can't swallow. Does that justify his actions? No. Does that explain them? Probably. I can't wait to see how his character will continue to develop and adapt to the events to come. Obviously his relationship with Carrie isn't a closed chapter, obviously he loves his children (and his wife), and obviously he's an angry man too... Saul is also a fascinating character and so well played by Mandy Patinkin.