Katie Atkinson
September 22, 2013 AT 12:00 PM EDT

When Homeland executive producer Henry Bromell won a posthumous Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series at Sunday’s show, his widow took the stage to accept the prize, offering a brief “thank you” to the Academy.

But when Sarah Bromell spoke backstage in the Emmy press room, she made it clear that was all she was allowed to say during the telecast. “That’s what I wanted to say, by the way, had they let me say it.”

So here it is: Firstly, Sarah had hoped to expand on Henry’s winning episode, “Q&A,” and how it lifted the series’ second season.

“It contains a 20-page interrogation scene where Carrie interrogates Brody, so it was really difficult to figure out how to do that,” she said. “When they’d finally gotten it just the way they wanted it … [it was] the turning point to that episode and a huge puzzle piece in the season.”

Sarah also talked about how Henry’s upbringing led him to Homeland, from his dad’s position as a CIA station chief to his time at boarding school. “Writing became that constant in his life.”

The win was Homeland‘s first of the night.

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