Fall TV Preview

Homeland Season 4: A 'Clean Start' for Carrie, Though Brody's Not Forgotten

Homeland Season 4 Preview

Showtime’s Homeland concluded a trilogy of sorts with its Season 3 finale, as Nicholas Brody (played by Damian Lewis) — a disgraced Marine sergeant who loomed large as both a sometime threat to his own country and as a pivotal figure in CIA officer Carrie Mathison’s life — was written off the canvas in a quite definitive manner.

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With Brody removed from the equation, Carrie (Claire Danes) stationed in Islamabad Kabul and her onetime boss Saul Berenson toiling for a private military contract as Season 4 opens this Sunday at 9/8c (with two new episodes), “It is a clean start for Carrie,” showrunner Alex Gansa tells TVLine.

Yet as Carrie grapples with a massive crisis, one somewhat of her own doing, in the geo-political arena, she will also have to juggle “a number of” significant relationships in her life, Gansa says.

“She has an important relationship with her little six-month-old daughter [Frannie],” Gansa notes. “She has an important relationship with the memory of Brody; and she’s got a burgeoning relationship — although not romantic yet — with Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend),” who now works alongside Martha Boyd (In Treatment‘s Laila Robins), the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan. Complicating the Carrie/Quinn dynamic is the fact that since the events of Season 3, the latter has developed a distaste for the CIA’s comfort with “kill lists” and “bulletproof” decisions.

Carrie also will serve as a mentor to Farah Sharazi (Nazanin Boniadi), “who never trained to be a case officer, but Carrie needed people she could trust on the ground there,” Gansa explains, as well as develop a bond with Aayan Ibrahim (Life of Pi‘s Suraj Sharma), a Pakistani med student possessing a unique perspective Episode 404on the calamity that sets Season 4 in motion.

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Saul, meanwhile, “is not happy at all” with his new position in the private sector, which portends to create new, unneeded friction with wife Mira (Sarita Choudhury). “The money is good but Saul is an archetypal Washington figure, a guy who’s lived at the center of things for so many years,” Gansa explains. “Now that he finds himself not in that gravitational pull of world events, he misses it desperately.”

Yet even with Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) still lording over the CIA, Saul will be rescued from his new, New York City-based existence as the season unfolds, when all hands are needed on deck to stem the bleeding of the aforementioned crisis. As a result, says Gansa, “Carrie and Saul both get to do things that they were trained to do, which is serve overseas.”

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Moving on from the Brody years and returning Carrie to what she does best — which, as seen in early episodes, certainly is not mothering! — Homeland is poised to return to its own original mission, which is to hold a mirror up to the world and find drama to mine from that.

Notes Gansa: “It’s sometimes difficult to read the front page of the paper these days, and the tone [of Season 4] reflects whats going on in the world right now, which is pretty scary.”

Watch an extended Homeland Season 4 sneak peek:

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  1. Leo says:

    I wish we would see the Brody family’s reaction to having a little sister and Brody’s death but after the flack season three got I doubt they even mention them again.

  2. DanielleZ says:

    Suraj Sharma was wonderful in Life of Pi. Can’t wait for Homeland Season 4!

  3. Tim says:

    I thought she was heading up the Istanbul office not Islamabad…

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      The switch is explained in the premiere. ETA: Actually, Carrie starts off season in Kabul; the Corey Stoll character is in Islamabad. My (Islama)bad.

    • BL says:

      She goes to Islamabad because you cant take dependents therefore solving the baby disaster that they found themselves in last season. I do hope that they address the switch from station chief in Turkey to station chief in Pakistan… I mean it was kind of a big deal when they gave her Istanbul.

  4. Tran says:

    Really hope Season Four will bounce back after a lackluster third season (RIP Brody). Guess we won’t see the last of the Brody family especially Little Miss Annoying Dana. Also, Carrie & Quinn may get it on and are Virgil and Max coming back? Think Peter Quinn should get back in the game since he accidentally shot and killed the boy in the Season Three premiere even though Quinn didn’t know the kid was there and Lockhart now the head of the CIA is the one character Homeland fans love to hate.

  5. sabrina says:

    Really looking forward to the 4th season. I have high hopes that it has improved based on other sites.

  6. Saroja Senevirathne says:

    Thank you i like the start and hope Brody will reappear and like to see how carrie will make a bond with her baby

    • Colleen says:

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but Brody is full-on dead, there’s no coming back for that character. Damien Lewis is an amazing actor, though; topping the role of Brody is an incredibly tall order, but in the future I hope we get to see him take on some roles that at least come close to that level of brilliance.