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Nick Brody
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Name: Nicholas Brody
Status: Deceased
Age: 38 (at death)
Date of birth: February 3, 1975
Birthplace: Virginia,
United States of America
Date of death: 2013
Deathplace: Iran
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Affiliation: US Marine Corps logo USMC
United States Congress
Profession: US Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Gunnery Sergeant, USMC
Congressman
Mother: (d. 2007)
Marital status: Married
Spouse(s): Ex-wife:
Jessica Brody
Significant other(s): Ex-lover:
Carrie Mathison
Children: with Jessica Brody:
Dana Brody
Chris Brody
with Carrie Mathison:
Frannie Mathison
Played by: Damian Lewis
Seasons: 1, 2, 3
Episodes: 30 appearances
First episode: "Pilot"
Last episode: "The Star"
I'm an American.
Nick Brody

Congressman Nicholas Brody (February 3, 1975 – 2013) was a former prisoner of war. He is a former United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper who was held captive for eight years. After his return home, he was suspected of being turned against his country and assumed to be a terrorist.

A CIA officer by the name of Carrie Mathison was quick to attempt surveillance on Sergeant Brody, despite his warm welcome home to his wife and children. He was, in fact, on a mission from Abu Nazir to avenge the death of Nazir's son, Issa, who was killed in a drone attack ordered by Vice President William Walden.

After his return, Brody eventually reached the rank of Gunnery Sergeant and was soon of an interest of Vice President Walden to run for Congress, capitalizing as his status of American Hero.

Brody failed his mission after being talked down by his daughter, but he conceived a new plan to become close to Vice President Walden and become a great influence to high political powers in the United States.

Six months after his mission's failure, Brody had been elected to Congress. Vice President Walden soon informed Brody of his intention to run for President of the United States and his intention to have Brody as his running mate, as he saw him as the future of the party.

Biography

Early life

Brody met his future wife, Jessica in high school and the two began dating. They shared their love and showed it in ways including putting a padlock around a fence with their initials on it, believing that they'd be together forever. Eventually they were married and had two children. (Clean Skin)

Military service

Recruitment

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Nick Brody as a Sergeant.

At some point in, or before 2003, Nick Brody joined the United States Marine Corps. His friend, Mike Faber joined at the same time or around the same time as Nick.

Brody says goodbye to Jessica

Brody bidding farewell to Jessica.

Brody bid farewell to Jessica before leaving to begin his military service, with Mike in the bus behind him, rushing him. (Semper I)

Art Mission

According to Brody, during his service, Brody was assigned, along with his squad, to overtake an enemy base and reclaim a prized bust of Saddam, but after fighting their way to it, they discovered that it had been replaced with a Mr. Potato Head toy. (Achilles Heel)

Capture

Brody in captivity

Brody during his captivity.

On May 19, 2003, Sergeant Nick Brody, a Marine Scout Sniper and his partner, Corporal Thomas Walker, were captured in Iraq near the Syrian border by forces loyal to Saddam Hussein. Those forces then sold him and Walker to an Al Qaeda commander known as Abu Nazir. Brody was eventually taken to a secret facility outside Damascus where he was held for most of the eight years. During his captivity he is badly mistreated, and Abu Nazir apparently acted toward him with kindness to gain his trust. Eventually he's seen beating his partner, Walker, at the direction of Nazir. (Pilot)

Teacher

In 2008, Nazir took Brody into his home, trimmed his hair and cut his beard. He then introduced Brody to his son, Issa and asked him to teach him English. Brody was hesitant as he had no teaching experience. (Crossfire)

For Issa's 10th birthday, Brody made him a slingshot, as he was scared of the Crows around his residence. (The Smile)

One day, in 2009 after seeing Issa off to school, Brody heard and felt the shakes of an explosion. He quickly set out to Issa's school to find him. After a short search, Brody found Issa under a pile of rubble, dead.

Brody holding Isa

Brody cradling Issa's body in his arms.

He lifted Issa's body into his arms and cradled him. During Brody's wrapping of Issa's body, Abu entered and saw his son. He said his goodbyes to him as Brody watched. The two finished wrapping Issa's body together and prayed over it.

Brody and Nazir watched William Walden announce that the explosion was a drone attack from the United States and that no children were harmed. (Crossfire)

Rescue

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Brody is found by American soldiers.

Eight months before his rescue, Nick was transported from the location outside Damascus to Afghanistan. There he is found by American special forces deep inside a terrorist base in the Korangal Valley and rescued. With unkempt beard and hair, he struggles to declare "I'm an American." It comes as a surprise that there were American POWs from the Iraq or Afghanistan wars

Brody was taken to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, where he was cleaned up, debriefed, and given a psych evaluation. From there he phoned his wife, Jessica, who unbeknownst to him was in bed with his old friend Mike Faber at the time. (Pilot)

Homecoming

Brody on his way home

Brody on his way home.

Carrie Mathison, an operations officer for the Central Intelligence Agency, had previously received information that an American POW had been turned. With the discovery of Nick, she believes he is the POW in question and that he plans to carry out Abu Nazir's attack against the United States.

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Brody is reunited with his family.

Brody returned home to his wife and kids with a warm welcome from his community. He met the Vice President and made a televised address to a crowd of Marines at Andrews Air Force Base.

He made another televised appearance when he returned home. In both videos, Carrie noted that he tapped his fingers in an odd, repeated pattern, suspecting that it was an encoded message. Upon his return, Brody also attended a follow-up debriefing with the CIA, where he was introduced to Carrie and met with Tom Walker's widow, Helen. (Pilot)

Press and Interviews

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Nick during an interview.

Eventually Nick gave in and began to give interviews to the press, revealing more details about his captivity.

Mike's Betrayal

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Brody fighting Mike.

You were my friend.
Nick Brody to Mike Faber

Brody eventually discovered that Mike had been sleeping with Jessica and brutally attacked him, leaving him bloodied and his own fist bruised. He left the party in anger and headed to a bar. (The Good Soldier)

Closer to Carrie

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Brody and Carrie have sex.

At the bar, Brody called Carrie to inform her will not be able to take the polygraph the morning after. Carrie decides to go meet with him in order to talk him into it and after many drinks, the two walked to Carrie's car. After a few jokes, the two kissed and made love in the backseat.

Polygraph test

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Brody during his polygraph test.

The next morning, Brody was given a polygraph test. He passed, but Carrie doubted his truthfulness. After leaving, Brody pulled up alongside her and asked her to get into his car. She accepted and the two went away together. (The Good Soldier)

The two eventually arrived at her cabin, where they expressed more intimate and sober feelings for each other. (The Weekend)

Carrie's Betrayal

Nick confronts Carrie

Nick confronting Carrie.

After the long weekend together, Nick became suspicious of Carrie when she revealed her knowledge of his favorite tea, Yorkshire Gold. He suspects that she has been watching him, and eventually discovers Carrie's revolver. He confronted her and she revealed to him that she had been under the suspicion that he was turned against America by Abu Nazir.

After giving her the revolver and letting her question him about anything she wanted, he felt angered that she still didn't believe his innocence. As he was leaving, Carrie received a call from Saul that revealed Thomas Walker to be alive and in fact the turned POW.

Carrie attempted to fix the situation by informing Brody that she was wrong, but he rejected her apology and drove away, leaving her at the cabin in sorrow. (The Weekend)

Political Interest

Brody and his family was invited to a party of notable people where he was treated with extreme kindness by the guests. The host expressed her interested in him replacing a disgraced Congressman. (Achilles Heel)

Mind Game

Not long after the party, Carrie revealed to Brody that Tom Walker was still alive. Brody waited in the home of one of Abu Nazir's trusted men and informed him that he was done with Nazir for lying to him, revealing that he had in fact been tricked into working for Nazir. (Achilles Heel)

New Objective

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Brody being attacked by Nazir's men.

Not long after, he was beaten down and captured by Abu Nazir's men in the grocery store parking garage. After awakening in a room, he communicated to Nazir via video conference. They discussed the death of Isa and Brody's allegiance.

After Nazir ended the call, Brody was briefed by one of his men on his objective. Brody was to be offered to run for a political office by the Vice President, an offer which Nazir wanted him to accept.

After returning home, Jessica informed Brody of a message from the Vice President's office left on the answering machine. (Crossfire)

Congress Offer

Not long after the message was left, Vice President Walden traveled to Brody's home to personally offer him the chance to run for United States Congress. Brody told him that he'd have to talk about that to Jessica before deciding anything. (Representative Brody)

Mending Friendship

You did nothing wrong.
Nick Brody to Mike Faber
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Brody visiting Mike to forgive him and ask a favor of him.

Brody talked to Jessica about the offer for a role in Congress and after she told him to not run, he decided to see Mike for help. Brody forgave Mike and thanked him for taking care of Jessica and the kids, telling him he did nothing wrong in his affair. Brody asked Mike to convince Jessica to let him run for Congress and left.

Mike visited Jessica and attempted to convince her of Brody's cause, but she realized that Brody had put him up to it and ended the conversation. (Representative Brody)

Political Preparation

Brody visited Carrie to discuss the weekend they spent together. He made sure that she hadn't told anyone about it and asked her to promise not to, which she did. Afterwards, he bid farewell to her and left.

She was upset about his reasoning for visiting her, as she had expected something more. After throwing out the wine she had prepared, she began to cry.

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Brody asking Jessica if she agrees to him running.

Later, at home after the terrorist bombing that nearly killed Carrie, Brody conversed briefly with Jessica, who she revealed that herself and their children had agreed that he should run. (Representative Brody)

Mission Preparation

Brody eventually made plans to take his family to Gettysburg on a family trip. The true reason, however, for Brody to journey there, was to retrieve a suicide vest from a tailor under the employ of Nazir. Making excuses to meet with the tailor, Brody was eventually able to try the vest on and learn how it worked.

After receiving the vest, Brody placed it in the trunk of his vehicle, but was caught by Dana. As an excuse, he informed her that it was a gift for Jessica. When the family returned home, Brody was quick to hide the vest in his room, assuming no one would go looking for it. (The Vest)

Mission Failed

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Brody in tears after hearing Dana's plea for him to come home.

As Brody was about to attempt detonation for a second time, Dana called. After a brief conversation, Dana made Brody promise her to come home. After many tears and emotion, he agreed and gave his word. The door was opened and everyone was allowed to leave, securing Brody's failure. (Marine One)

Brody's Plan

After his failure, Brody went to retrieve his confession video. After arriving, he noticed it had been taken and a second chalk mark had been drawn. He walked to a small drainage duct where he ran into Walker for the first time in years.

Walker confronted him about failing his mission. Brody gave the excuse that the vest wouldn't detonate. Walker then revealed that Nazir was listening. Nazir then asked to speak with Brody.

Nazir asked Brody about the failure to which Brody stuck to his lie. Brody then provided a new plan in which he becomes a close friend of Vice President Walden to be able to influence decisions in higher office of the United States.

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Brody during his confrontation with Walker.

Nazir agreed and asked Brody to kill Walker to prove his loyalty. Nazir told Brody to tell Walker that he wanted to speak with him privately. Brody reached the phone out to Walker, who prepared to speak to Nazir.

Brody kills Walker

Brody just after killing Walker.

With Walker's pistol aimed at his forehead, Brody quickly moved the weapon and drew his own, firing a shot quickly into Walker's head, killing him. Brody stood over his old friend's lifeless corpse for a few moments with the pistol still aimed in the air.

Brody then reached down and picked up the phone, informing Nazir that he killed Walker. He then lowered the phone and looked back down at the corpse of Walker, staring at the lifeless friend before him. (Marine One)

Family Gratitude

Brody: Thank you.
Jess: For what?
Brody: Everything.
Nick and Jessica Brody share a moment
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Brody holding Jessica and appreciating her being with him.

After returning home and at rest after the events of the previous week, Brody and Jessica spent time together in the kitchen where Brody expressed a sense of heightened appreciation for having his family. He thanked Jessica as a sign of his appreciation for having her and held her in his arms.

Brody sitting with Dana

Brody and Dana share a moment together.

Two days later, while working on the roof of the house, Dana visited him and the two began a conversation, spending more time together as father and daughter. After talking, Dana sat down and the two stared off into the distance together. (Marine One)

Congressman Brody

Vice Presidential interest

Six months after having killed Walker, Brody had been elected for Congress. At a meeting with Vice President Walden, Walden announced his intention to have Nick as his running mate when he runs for President, with Brody at first being shocked and then showing his gratitude for the offer. (The Smile)

Loyalty mission

Brody later had a meeting with an ally of Abu Nazir by the name of Roya Hammad. At the meeting, she informed Brody of her knowledge of Issa to prove his alliance with Nazir and informed him that Nazir wanted Brody to steal information from David Estes on potential targets for Nazir to attack. (The Smile)

Struggles with Jessica

Returning home from work, Brody was approached by Jessica with news that Dana told her fellow students that Brody was a Muslim. Although Dana informed them that the kids believed it to be a joke, Jessica was still angry and asked why she would say such a lie. Brody interrupted Jessica, informing her that he is a Muslim.

Angered that she had been lied to by Brody, she went to the garage in search for proof of his religion and soon found his Qur'an. Angered that he shares his religion with those that held him captive for years, she throws his Quran on the floor. He quickly picks it up, only to anger her more. (The Smile)

Meeting with Estes

Brody was hesitant at first, but during the meeting, David was forced to leave his office to meet with Roya. Brody again hesitated in Estes' office, but found the safe and opened it with the code he had received from Roya. Brody wrote the target information in a black book he had taken with him before sitting back in his seat. (The Smile)

Bonding with Dana

One night, after his Qur'an was thrown on the floor by Jessica, Brody was outside in the back yard with it. Dana arrived and asked him what he was doing, to which he quickly replied that it had been desecrated and that he was going to bury it out of respect. Dana then began helping dig the hole to bury it in. (The Smile)

Political appearances

Confidential Meetings

Brody soon appeared at various fundraisers that featured Vice President Walden and was soon invited to a secret meeting with the Secretary of Defense, a former Marine to convince him of the urgency to provide better bombs for Israel to help fight Iran's nuclear facilities.

On the day of the meeting, as Brody was ready to leave his office, Mike Faber entered before he could leave. Brody informed him that he was on his way to the Pentagon and offered Mike a ride, where Mike expressed his suspicious regarding the death of Tom Walker. Brody informed Mike that he would investigate the matter, but as he was Tom's killer, he likely had no intention of truly keeping to his word.

At the Pentagon, before their meeting with the Secretary of Defense, Vice President Walden invited Brody into a room to watch an operation that was intended to bring about the assassination of Abu Nazir. As soon as Nazir arrived, Brody sent a secret text message, informing him of the danger. Nazir escaped before snipers could eliminate him as Brody watched, tense from the incident. (Beirut is Back)

Return to Gettysburg

One day at his home, after kissing with his wife and being caught by Dana and Xander, Brody received a phone call. He took the call outside and soon heard the voice of Roya on the other line. She informed him that there was a problem as the Gettysburg tailor was discovered by the CIA.

Roya informed Brody that he was the only one of Nazir's people that the tailor had met and asked him to move the tailor to a safe house. Angered at first and revealing that he had a fundraising appearance to make, she assured him that he would make it there on time. He reluctantly accepted the task.

He journeyed to Gettysburg and arrived at the tailor's shop, entering through the back. The tailor was shocked to see him, but Brody quickly informed him that he had been compromised and that they had to move fast so that Brody can get him to a safe house before the CIA arrests him.

On the way to the safe house, the tailor began to worry that Brody was ordered to kill him. After many occurrences including a flat tire and the tailor having Brody purchase tobacco that gave him a chance to run, Brody followed him into a wooded area.

After a brief confrontation where the tailor hit Brody on the head with a rock, Brody tackled the tailor and was shocked to soon discover that the tailor had landed on a protruding branch on a log, impaling him. During this time, Jessica had been attempting to call him.

As Brody tended to the tailor's wound, Jessica called, again, with Brody answering. After a brief struggle to keep the tailor quiet and keep Jessica from hearing him, Brody snapped the tailor's neck, killing him. He then told Jessica that he'd see her later, before hanging up.

Brody buried the body of the tailor in the woods and left to a car wash where he rinsed the blood off of himself. He drove home to find Jessica and Mike in the front yard, about to enter the house. After a brief conversation, Mike left and Brody entered the house with Jessica.

Jessica informed Brody that she knew he was lying to her after he had told her excuses regarding what had happened that day. She told him that he'd better stop lying, or she'd separate from him. Jessica went to her room, with Dana soon exiting hers and seeing Brody, before turning back and entering her room, again. (State of Independence)

Reunion with Carrie

Arrest

Carrie received a call from Congressman Brody, asking her to meet him at a hotel bar for a drink.

She quickly accepted and met with him. After a conversation and a drink with Brody, he left to his hotel room. Peter Quinn and Saul asked Carrie to wrap it up and return to the surveillance headquarters, but she insisted that her cover was finished and that Brody had noticed that she was after him.

She went to Brody's room and told him that they had little time together, revealing that she knew he was working for Abu Nazir. After a brief confrontation with Carrie, Brody was arrested by the surveillance team. (New Car Smell)

Interrogation

Season 2 Episode 5

Brody being interrogated by Quinn.

After his arrest, Brody was interrogated by Quinn, Saul and Carrie. (Q&A)

Manhunt

Death

Season 3 Episode 12

Brody, awaiting his fate.

Brody was sentenced to death in Iran for treason and publicly hung by Nazir's widow. He was executed by suspended strangulation, not by a drop.

His death went unrecognized by the CIA as Senator Lockhart refused to commemorate the infamous grey area that was Nick Brody.  Despite Senator Lockhart's actions, Carrie defiantly drew a star on the commemorative wall to honor Brody, her fallen hero. (The Star)

Legacy

Brody leaves behind his infant daughter, his estranged family and Carrie.  His daughter is being raised by Carrie's sister, as she moves to Istanbul to fill her position as the new station chief.  Since Brody's death in Tehran, communication between the enemy states has commenced due to Javadi's influence in the government.  The Iranians have allowed international access to their nuclear facilities, a huge leap towards peace in the Middle East. (The Star)

Behind the Scenes

Appearances

Season 1
Pilot Grace Clean Skin Semper I Blind Spot
The Good Soldier The Weekend Achilles Heel Crossfire Representative Brody
The Vest Marine One
Season 2
The Smile Beirut is Back State of Independence New Car Smell Q&A
A Gettysburg Address The Clearing I'll Fly Away Two Hats Broken Hearts
In Memoriam The Choice
Season 3
"Tin Man Is Down" "Uh... Oo... Aw..." Tower of David "Game On" "The Yoga Play"
"Still Positive" "Gerontion" A Red Wheelbarrow One Last Thing Good Night
Big Man in Tehran The Star

Background information and notes

  • Originally, the character's name was going to be Scott Brody.

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