Homeland Exclusive: Two Original Castmembers Not Returning as Regulars in Season 4

Homeland Season 4 CastHomeland is saying goodbye to two of its own.

On the eve of the Showtime hit’s Season 3 finale, TVLine has learned exclusively that original castmembers Morena Baccarin and Morgan Saylor will not be back as series regulars in Season 4.

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The move hardly comes as a surprise, as Baccarin’s Jessica and Saylor’s Dana appeared less frequently as Season 3 went on and Brody’s shattered home life became less of a focus. (The former’s real-life pregnancy also likely contributed to Jessica’s disappearance during the second half of the season.)

According to sources, the door is open for both actresses to return on a guest-star basis, the same way ex-full-timer Diego Klattenhoff (Mike) did this season.

Reps for Showtime and 20th Century Fox declined to comment.

Homeland wraps its third season Sunday at 9/8c.

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  1. Shanna says:

    Mark my words — Brody is going to survive the finale. Convinced more than ever.

    • Richard says:

      Why? All signs point to his death.

      • Josh says:

        Well he wasn’t mentioned in this release and I just don’t think they’d be releasing this now if he was dying…They’d save it for after.

        • Lisa G says:

          They probably released it now so we will be “surprised” when he lives. You know that Carrie’s, “I’m pregnant,” is going to give him the motivation he needs to make it through whatever obstacle gets in his way.

          • Richard says:

            If Brody lives I think the reaction of his family to his new child would be a big story. I don’t think I will watch next season if he lives. Does anyone want him to live?

          • johnhelvete says:

            I think about half the fans of the show want Brody dead or written off the show, and the other half want Brody to survive.

          • Britta Unfiltered says:

            I want him to live, but I also want them to find something really good for him to do next season and not just have him hanging around all useless as a character.

          • Krista Klopal says:

            Ahh the irony of your words.

          • vee cee says:

            Yes, whats the point of the story if he’s gone!

        • johnhelvete says:

          The timing is strange. You would think that the producers would not want to release this information until after the finale on Monday. If Brody dies in the finale, very little attention would have been given to Baccarin and Saylor leaving the show as regulars, by doing it now, they get the attention that they deserve for being on the show for three seasons.

    • A says:

      I should think this way so I don’t get my hopes up.

      • Reno Diaz says:

        I think I just saw Brodie and Elvis, no make that Usama Bin Laden. or maybe it was JFK. Oh well it’s just a tv show

    • paula tacha says:

      I think Brody will be back. Carrie being pregnant with Brody’s child will keep that relationship going for awhile. Carrie is 13 weeks pregnant, and the bombing was 3 months ago. I’m wondering if there is a possibility that the baby’s a result of her one night fling??? I don’t think so, but the writer’s love to make things messy.

    • Jaytaicho says:


    • Rick says:

      I guess they’ll leave us all hanging.

    • Joey Blasetti says:

      I just saw the season 3 finale twice, and I think Brodie will survive and make it onto next season as well. Remember, we do have cloning these days, and long lost twins, not to mention chipmunks and goblins that love to eat deep fried twinkies.

    • Lindsay says:

      I really hope your right! I Hope Brody somehow survives. I’m crushed and heart broken they killed him. The show was borrowing in the first 1/2 of the season, it perked up when he was Back in it. I really HOPE he lives!!

    • Kay Thomson says:

      In real time:

      The Iranian prisoner who survived his execution and revived in the morgue having been pronounced dead, will not be hanged for a second time, Iran’s justice minister has said.

      The minister, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, said in Tehran on Tuesday night that the 37-year-old, who is now on life support, will not face a second execution, Iran’s state news agency reported.

      “The convict who survived the death penalty will not be re-executed,” Pourmohammadi was quoted as saying.

      The man, identified in the Iranian media only by his first name, Alireza, was hanged this month in Bojnurd prison in Iran’s northern Khorasan province.

      Alireza, a father of two, had been convicted of smuggling drugs. He was arrested three years ago for possessing a kilo of crystal meth and was sentenced to death by a revolutionary court.

      On the execution day medics pronounced him dead after he had been hanging by the neck for 12 minutes. Morgue workers realised he had survived only when they spotted steam (condensation) in the plastic cover he was wrapped in.

  2. kevin says:

    is this a sign of brody getting killed off?

  3. Lore says:

    YAY! Sorry for Morena, but YAY no more Dana!

  4. Jess says:

    But whose else is going to say “Dad? Dad?? DAD?!” with such intensity?

  5. Andy says:

    So Morena Baccarin and Morgan Saylor aren’t returning, but Jackson Pace is? As far as we know, at least? How does that work?

  6. Who are you says:

    I’m with Shanna. Brody’s gonna live.

  7. Ashley says:

    I mean there storyline has come to a close and there’s nothing more to say about these characters so I think it makes total sense.

  8. Loki says:

    FINALLY!!! Please kill their characters off so they can never return.

  9. Jules says:

    Thank god Dana is gone.

  10. flo says:

    If Brody dies there will be no reason for them to come back at all. Unless Carrie wants them to take care of the baby cuz she can’t. We shall see.

  11. lululime says:

    Season 4 the year of Chris Brody? I hope that Damian (if Nicholas makes it back to the US) has one last scene with Morena to give her something substantive to do one last time. As much as I like Carrie and Brody together, I’m anxious to see the show go in a new direction next year.

  12. xx says:

    Baccarin. Double c. :)

  13. XY says:

    A little too late for me. I hated both women as the shaky sophomore season went on and never went back for a third, which people say isn’t that good anyway. Stupid Dana ruined the show for me. :(

  14. lynn says:


  15. Molly Harper says:

    Praise all the deities. I love Morena, but hated both of those characters. They added nothing to the show.

  16. Tran 2.0 says:

    Thank goodness. No more Dana this time around. Hate to wonder if Jackson Pace aka Chris Brody is sticking around for Season Four.

  17. M3rc Nate says:

    GOOD! This show is struggling so hard without Brody and when he came back instantly i started to enjoy the show again and it was so much fun. Im sorry but the other characters are not leads, especially Brody’s family. This show survives or dies along with Brody. If he dies and next season is sans-Brody, i bet viewership drops to unacceptable levels and is criticized for being weak and without a lead and is eventually cancelled.

    Id love if someone could re-watch every episode and cut together the clips of Carrie crying and see if she cries in every episode, im convinced she cries in at least 90% lol…its insane. Im surprised feminist TV show writers dont have a issue that there is finally a main character female thats in a position of power, and she is weak, cries ALL the time, breaks down all the itme, is unfit to work for any part of the government (her mental health issues), her life revolves around a man who she is sleeping with while hes married…lol…she is the worst.

    Sorry for Baccarin but its for the best, The character is boring and annoying and gets very little screen time, its time for her to go out and audition and get an amazing series of her own or star in movies or something. IMO she should have auditioned for/got the Wonder Woman role over Gal Gadot. Excited to see what she does next. The daughter was pretty and seemed like a good actress but Dana…lets just say i would have liked it if she succeed in the bathtub.

    • johnhelvete says:

      It is interesting how crying and showing emotion is considered “weak”.

      • Annie says:

        Isn’t it? One of my pet peeves about the trite Carrie complaints.

        • M3rc Nate says:

          Crying is just fine…i just thought people who watch the show would know to put together her crying and her flipping the F out…like she did in the Black Op room (when Brody was going into Iran) and when the truck blows up shes crying and screaming and Saul has to basically yell at her. Thats just one example of what happens basically once a episode involving Carrie.

          To be clear, male or female, crying isnt weakness. It in fact is important and human and good for you (release of emotions to clear your mind)…but even if she was just a normal CIA operator (no mental illness or anything) none of her outbursts and freak outs and yelling and screaming while on the clock at her workplace (or out in the field) would be accepted. Your expected to be in control of your emotions and actions…not be a crazy crying angry mess whos yelling at the director of the CIA.

          (A example, i loved the scene(s) where the Iranian woman (CIA Analyst) cries. When Saul does his stern speech about her Hijab (head scarf) and she cries…because she isnt freaking out or yelling at him or having a emotional break down…it was moving and added so much depth and heart to the scene.)

    • Laylah says:

      Omg… So blunt and so true! ~LDL~

    • Dana H. says:

      Wow-harsh. I think Dana was an anchor for Brody and one of the driving forces in his search for redemption.

  18. Et al says:

    Without Dana who will the writers waste 25% of the season on?

  19. kat says:

    They were already a totally pointless waste of time this season. What was the point of them even coming back for more stupid Dana? She could have come for that one ep where he saw her, would have been more than enough without the crazy namechanging stupidity.

  20. nate says:

    kinda got scared when they showed Carrie pic

  21. ann says:

    hopefully this means Brody finally dies.

  22. cjeffery7 says:

    i love seeing inara – OOPS! – i mean morena’s face on tv every now and again. i’ll be sad to see her a little less now. =(

  23. charif says:

    god i stop watching after the 3×04 is it better now ?

  24. Agent_Coulson says:

    best news of the month!

  25. hatufin says:

    If Brody dies, I won’t watch Homelandfi

  26. olddarth says:

    ‘I think about half the fans of the show want Brody dead or written off the show, and the other half want Brody to survive.’

    Don’t forget the other half that stopped watching this season. ;-D

  27. Well that’s as good as confirming Brody dies in the finale…

  28. Meredith says:

    Come on guys, it’s Showtime: of course Brody will live. Claire Daines would make a horrible lumberjack…

  29. HAP says:

    Beautiful Brazilian born actress Morena Baccarin was an 8th grade classmate of Claire Danes in NYC. I always wondered if that tangental connection helped get her the part in Homeland. That said, if there is a personal connection, then I’m convinced that writing her out as a regular was probably more of Morena’s choice given that she has a new born to take care of.

  30. Aussie says:

    To all the nay sayers, the show came back as soon as Brody was back, unfortunately it’s nothing without the tension of Brody/Carrie. Or could be that Damien Lewis is an amazing actor and the electric connection between him and Claire Danes is a lightening bolt.

  31. grandee says:

    Without. Brody Homeland is just another way to kill time. Me–I am gone!

  32. MJD says:

    My guess is Season 4 may deal more with the drug trade in South America. Brody will want revenge with the people who held him captive.There is not much more that can be done with Middle East plots. The third season had too much Dana and not enough Brody.

    • katumba bruno says:

      But brody died…….was hagged………….how will he be back……………..everyone is like brody in so4…………… sounds like they never watched the last episode

      • Kay Thomson says:

        Brody survived ~ for sure ~ why : we have yet to know how that’s going to work…. Dana not returning regularly ~ okay ~ so ? ~ that does not mean she will not return at all !!! Brilliant amazing series :)

  33. tahonia2 says:

    I was worried Saul was dead when I heard Mandy Patinkin had shaved his beard…….

  34. ren says:

    depressed about mike. he was sexy but… what about “not now chris?!” i’m assuming he’s cut too?

  35. Paul says:

    I stopped watching Homeland after Carrie was going in and out of mental hospitals early this season. And quite frankly, talk about scenery chewing, both the Saul and Carrie characters were vying for ham of the year this season. These two actors are lucky to be cast out next season.

  36. CK says:

    Talk about feeling conflicted. I got excited because I thought that this meant no more Brody, then saw that it was Jessica and Dana. A revelation that would have me jumping for glee in any other situation. The writers have successfully convinced me to want Brody gone more than Dana and the Brody’s family storylines. I’m shocked.

  37. ericsw47 says:

    I think they are going to kill Brody off….I really hope they don’t because it would be more interesting to see what kinda of life he could have if he made it out alive…that’s why his wife and daughter are not series regulars next season because the Brody storyline will be over except for Carrie having his baby which will be her tribute to him.

  38. Britta Unfiltered says:

    If the door is left open for guest appearances, I would guess that means Brody survives. Otherwise it would just be weird to have them around. Unless that info was leaked out as a red herring to make us surprised that he does die.
    On a related note, I found a really funny Homeland parody on YouTube that I think people who enjoy the show should check out. It’s called Boneland, and I PROMISE it’s not porn, despite its title sounding like a porn parody. It’s doggies acting out Homeland, and it’s cute as hell. If you dislike the Brody family, you’ll probably like this parody as it pulls no punches with them.

  39. Lisa London says:

    Interesting that TV Line took the time to remove all the comments even vaguely related to the fact that the finale has already been released and is all over the internet…

  40. CD says:

    the finale was ridiculous….Carrie and Sol just saying simple goodbye????? seriously?????

  41. dg says:

    Apparently my views on Dana’s acting skills are in the distinct minority, but her facial expressions and spot-on teenage angst struck me as Emmy worthy. I have always thought her acting was better than anyone on the show, and that was no low bar.

    • vee cee says:

      I found Dana to be a highly interesting character and extremely representative of 17-18 year old girls. Riveting personality.

  42. Ben Lane says:

    It makes sense that Morena Baccarin and Morgan Saylor are leaving. With Brody now dead (apparently), what purpose do these two actors serve?

  43. Twy says:

    With the real life death of the writer and producer of the show I don’t believe anyone can continue the plot and character lines. In the middle of a Stephen King novel could Nicklous Sparks take over ? Same with Homeland. As in life the show has to rediscover its self again.

  44. Homeland_producer says:

    Brody returns in The Walking Dead

  45. Asashii says:

    i consider this season 3 to be the ending, there isnt any real reason to watch the show anymore it has run its course, and pretty much ended. it could never come back and it will be OK, so for me the last episode of season 3 is a wrap, i will not be returning for a fourth season the premise for the show is not the same, and i could care less about a total revamp, because i dont want to watch a political-government show, that would make it a different show ALL together, i dont want to see!!!!

  46. Julie says:

    This show will end without Brody!!!!

  47. vee cee says:

    Now that I heard the sad news about Brommel, the writer and producer dying in past week. I can understand the confusion. So sad to hear this!

  48. Sal Cottone says:

    Horrible season saved by a few bright spots, and have the idea of a psychopathic car salesman running the CIA..could be aggravating more than entertaining. Hard to believe they couldnt pull the finale season together, the writters are able to do much more, than fill a time slot

  49. katumba bruno says:

    Was wondering how so3 is going to be intrensting when most people died of the blast…………thank God it was so nice…………..now i see brody dead……….. and how so4 will be……………….the writter is really brilliant rit?