While the Homeland Season 4 premiere was filled with memorable scenes, one stood out as being very shocking and potentially controversial for the Showtime series.
It was a scene that already has Facebook commenters in a frenzy. During the two-hour season premiere of Homeland Sunday night, there was a sequence in which Carrie (Claire Danes), recently returned home to the United Sates, almost drowned her baby Franny in the bathtub.
The scene spoke to the character's instability when it comes to being a mother and Homeland show runner Alex Gansa knew that it was going to be a controversial portion of the premiere.
"We tried to leave it in the mind of the audience -- did she actually put that baby underwater or not? That's left to the audience to decide," Gansa said in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly. "But it certainly is motivation for her to get out of the United States. She realizes she is a danger to her own child and cannot stay there."
Discussing why the scene was included in the episode, Gansa said, "I think it shows the extremity of her state. She's in an extreme place emotionally and cut off from her grief, and it's causing her to behave in ways that are upsetting to her."
He added that he doesn't want the audience to be completely turned off by Carrie, however, it seems that some already are. On the Homeland Facebook account, many of the most "liked" comments are from people opposed to the scene.
"Please please please don't have any more kill baby moments. I really wanted to punch Carrie in the head from that. No offense," one commenter wrote. Another wrote, "Whoever wrote the pregnancy into the script should be fired." However, there are many defenders of the storyline and scene as well, with some saying that they loved the entire premiere.
Homeland continues Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.