Did you watch the finale of Homeland this week on Showtime? And if so – did you feel the same way I did?

Yep, after sitting through the 90-minute season finale (the 30 minutes of which were excruciatingly slow – and to be honest, pretty boring) Homeland wrapped up its first season with one of the most unsatisfying endings in recent memory.

Sergeant Brody (Damian Lewis) was revealed to be a terrorist and was all set to assassinate the slimy Vice President when he changed his mind at the last minute, following a tearful phone call from his daughter Dana. Unfortunately since Brody didn’t carry out his attack, no-one actually knows he’s a terrorist and Carrie (Claire Danes) has been left looking like a psycho stalker, submitting herself for electro-shock therapy in an effort to sort out her confused state of mind. Brody meanwhile is a hero, with top level security access. Happy times, eh! Even Jack Bauer at least got to save the day before enduring his own share of indignities and tortures.

Here’s the thing – there was lots that WAS right with the Homeland season finale. After that painfully slow start the suspense really started to kick in, as rogue solider Tom Walker picked off the Vice President’s staff, setting in motion Brody’s part of the plan. Plus Carrie at least enjoyed some level of vindication after Saul uncovered the deadly drone attack and threatened to blackmail the Vice President.

But the ending still left me unsatisfied – and sets Homeland up for a messy Season 2. Brody is now as much a part of the show as Carrie – but really how much mileage is there left in his story? Wouldn’t it have been smarter to bring his character to a close in the season finale and then set Carrie loose on a new case next season? (Brody could always recur in future seasons like Nina in 24)

The Homeland ending actually reminded me of the similarly annoying closer to The Killing – though without all the vitriol that the AMC series attracted. Boy, people were really pissed at the show’s producers for NOT telling us who called Rosie Larsen. And again I don’t blame them – when a series is based around a key question and then fails to give you the answer – it’s darn annoying. Plus The Killing also set itself a tough challenge to Season 2. How can they start a new investigation when the old one is still hanging in the air? And if Rosie’s murder is resolved mid-season is it going to feel a bit of a letdown – with half a season still to go?

Look, I’m not a CBS viewer – I don’t need all the answers within the hour and in easily digestible form. But I do like SOME resolution. For me The Killing and Homeland should have followed the pattern of Damages, the Glenn Close starrer which features a different case each season, resolves it in the final episode, but still sets up new cliffhangers for the next year. Plus Damages has the Patty / Ellen arc as an ongoing – and constant – story line.

I can’t help but feel that too many shows are trying to copy the narrative strategies of Lost – and the finale of The Sopranos. But Lost jettisoned a shedload of viewers along the way because of all its unresolved secrets – and that Sopranos ending remains controversial at best.

As a viewer when I experience a messy season ending I don’t feel intrigued – I feel cheated. And I also wonder if the show’s producers really know what they’re doing, or if they’re making it up as they go along. That’s what ultimately torpedoed Lost.

I hope the Homeland writing staff DO know where they’re going with these storylines but I’m not so sure they do. Personally I just hope these recent finales don’t start a trend. I don’t want to be watching every new show wondering if I’m about to be duped by the show finale…

But what do you think? Are you frustrated by unresolved season finales? And what did you make of the ending to Homeland? Comment away…