Scowl -- I always enjoy your contrarian point of view in these threads, They are always well thought out and articulately stated. In this case, though, I could not disagree with you more profoundly.
Good spy fiction has a romantic core, usually one shadowed by a sadness brought about by the moral ambiguity being a spy inevitably entails. I think that Homeland's writers have served well the writers who did this sort of thing best, among them, John le Carre and Graham Greene. My fascination with Homeland stems far more from the intriguing nature of Claire and Brody than it does from admiration of the brilliant job Claire Danes and Damian Lewis have done playing them. In the world of spies, Claire and Brody getting together made perfect sense for both of them, at least from my point of view. Claire initiated the contact because she (rightly) suspected Brody of being involved in a terrorist plot. After that, one thing led to another and I never found myself having to suspend disbelief at an unacceptable level.
You may be right about the romance between Brody's teenaged daughter, Dana, and the evil VP's son. For me though, the jury is still out. For the time being, I am willing to cut the writers some slack on that score. As were others, I thought the writers had made a terrible mistake in deciding to keep Brody alive for a second season. Now, though, I concede that the writers got it right. For that reason, I will wait and see how the teenaged romance develops before reaching any judgment about the wisdom of having launched it.
We dont always see the immediate payoff to current plots. I was thinking Brody should ahve died at the end of season 1, BUT since they got renewed, it probably didnt make sense, which is why he is still alive. I am happy they did keep him alive though, becasue the last episode was some of the best drama I ahve seen on recent television. I could care less if Brody and Carrie get together, thats just a side plot to the bigger storyline which I could do with or without. I am giving the writers and show runners some slack though to see where they take this as even the Dana storyline could have implecations into the main plot.