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New 'Homeland' season 4 teaser reveals juicy plot details

Showtime has released a new official trailer for Homeland‘s fourth season, premiering with a double episode on Oct. 5. The action-packed two-minute preview unveils plot details not included in the first two shorter and tamer Homeland teasers, released in July and August.

In the season-three finale, viewers learned that in the aftermath of Brody’s successful counterterrorism mission and subsequent public hanging, Carrie was appointed CIA Station Chief in Istanbul. (Check out EW‘s coverage for season-three recaps and more)The trailer kicks off six months later in Pakistan, and it makes several things clear.

Carrie and Saul are back to co-kicking ass. Carrie and Saul had a rocky relationship last season, to say the least; in the finale, Saul announces he’s leaving the CIA for the private sector. But what is Homeland without Mandy Patinkin? We see Carrie reluctantly accepting longtime friend Saul’s help—it looks like there’s a chance they’ll become the formidable team they once were.

There’s a lot of Corey Stoll. We get a closer look at the dubious role of newcomer Corey Stoll, the Golden Globe-nominated actor known for playing tortured politician Peter Russo on Netflix’s House of Cards. Stoll will play Sandy Bachman, the ambitious CIA Station Chief in Pakistan. Officially billed as a guest star, Stoll’s Homeland appearance looked to possibly be a limited engagement—but the new preview suggests viewers will be playing familiar season-long game of is-he-or-isn’t-he-a-double-agent with Bachman.

Carrie had Brody’s baby. The preview offers a few glimpses of a conspicuously red-haired little one, the baby of the now deceased Sergeant Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) that Carrie was pregnant with last season. Carrie’s sister Maggie (Amy Hargreaves) accuses Carrie of finagling her way into a position overseas in order to avoid raising her daughter. Harsh, but not out of character for our embattled protagonist.

The CIA will see the s–t hit the fan again. We see Saul watching a viral YouTube video titled “American Missile Strike on Wedding”—devastating footage of a CIA-led mission, ostensibly a drone strike, that becomes a PR nightmare for the agency.

Quinn is back. But so is Senator Lockhart. Fan-favorite CIA agent Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) returns as Carrie’s coworker, confidante, and sometimes-savior. We see Quinn roughing up a baddie and protecting Carrie from an angry mob. And Tracy Letts is back to being the meddlesome jerk fans love to hate as good old Senator Lockhart.

Carrie is still the same rough-around-the-edges hero. True to form, Carrie is trying to get to the bottom of an epic, terrorism-fueled international mess. She offers to help protect a teenaged Pakistani boy whose family was kidnapped—before yelling at pretty much every single character in the preview.

Showtime gives 'Homeland' two-hour premiere on Oct. 5

Showtime is doubling up on Homeland‘s premiere night. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: View the score for Carrie's goodbye on 'Homeland'

Even if you don’t watch Homeland, you’re probably aware that Claire Danes’s Carrie is known for her emotional outbursts. But it’s her quiet goodbye to Brody—inking a star on the CIA’s Memorial Wall to commemorate his covert sacrifice—that Entertainment Weekly named the most emotionally devastating scene in the series, as well as one of the 50 Best TV scenes of the year. Watch it again, then look below to find the sheet music for composer Sean Callery’s unconventionally wistful score. READ FULL STORY

'Life of Pi' star Suraj Sharma joins 'Homeland' for season 4 -- EXCLUSIVE

The career of Suraj Sharma just took an intriguing turn: The Life of Pi star has signed on to season four of Homeland, EW has learned. The New Dehli-raised actor and NYU student, who can currently be seen on the big screen with Jon Hamm in Million Dollar Arm, will join the CIA thriller as Aayan Ibrahim, a Pakistani medical student who crosses paths with Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes). The role is described as heavily recurring. READ FULL STORY

'Homeland' recruits two actors for season 4, including 'House of Cards' alum

Showtime is sharing a few pieces of intel about Homeland: Two new roles have been cast for the upcoming fourth season. Corey Stoll — who earned a Golden Globe nomination for his role on House of Cards and whose credits include The Normal Heart and Midnight in Paris – will guest-star as Sandy Bachman, the CIA chief of station in Pakistan who’s a rising star within the agency. The number of episodes in which Stoll — who also stars in the upcoming FX drama The Strain — will appear is being kept under wraps. READ FULL STORY

'Homeland' moves production to South Africa for season 4

Homeland is moving its production to Cape Town in South Africa starting this summer.


'Homeland' season 4: Two actors not returning as series regulars

We’ll be seeing less of two members of the Brody family on the fourth season of Homeland, according to a report.

TVLine reports that Morena Baccarin and Morgan Saylor, who play matriarch Jessica and daughter Dana, respectively, are not returning on a full-time basis to the Emmy Award-winning series in the upcoming fourth season. Showtime has not yet responded to EW’s request for comment.

The move comes as a result of producers’ plans to dial-back storylines involving the Brody family drama, according to the report. But they have both reportedly been invited back on a guest-starring basis.

Baccarin, who just welcomed a son in October, was nominated this year for an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series category.

Homeland will conclude its third season this Sunday.

'Homeland': Damian Lewis talks Brody's risky mission, defends Dana


Has the major star of a TV series ever spent so much time off-screen for strictly creative reasons? Damian Lewis only appeared in one of the first seven episodes of Showtime’s Homeland season 3 this fall. Then, on Sunday, his character Nicholas Brody came back to the foreground in a riveting hour. The episode depicted Brody withdrawing from heroin and then was getting built back up by a special-ops team charged with preparing him for a dangerous assassination mission in Iran. Despite winning an Emmy for his role on the show last year, Brody’s off-screen time reflects the conundrum faced by Homeland writers after they spared Brody’s life last season: How best to fit a falsely accused terrorist who fled the country into a Virginia-based story about a CIA case officer?

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What were you told about your involvement in this season ahead of time?
It was actually only decided right at the very last minute. They always knew they’d need to tell some stories without Brody. They felt the flip-flopping between Carrie (Claire Danes) and Brody couldn’t go on forever. As much as people love that story, it will only be loved as long as it’s compelling. They needed to give themselves some time to write another story and develop some plot.

There is varying opinion among fans, even those who like Brody’s character, how long his story should continue and whether he should have been killed off last season. What’s your take?


'Homeland' showrunner talks final stretch: Brody could die in Iran


Brody’s on a potential suicide mission. Carrie’s pregnant and off her meds. Saul is, once again, impressing us with his Langley warrior’s code of honor. Showtime’s Homeland is having its most-watched season yet and heating up for its home stretch, which will spend the bulk of its time following Brody’s assassination attempt on a high-ranking government official in Iran. We talked to showrunner Alex Gansa after Sunday’s riveting ninth episode that included Brody (Damian Lewis) coming off heroin, reuniting with Carrie (Claire Danes) and departing on his dangerous mission. Will Brody ever return?

Entertainment Weekly: That might have been the best episode of the season. Usually I like the episodes that are more story driven, but even though not a lot actually happened in terms of action I was pretty riveted.
Gansa: I’m glad you thought so. It’s a relief. The director, Jeffrey Reiner, did a fantastic job.

We’ve seen a lot of withdrawal scenes before. Can you talk about what you wanted to do differently with Brody?
Gansa: We looked at Gene Hackman’s performance in the second French Connection movie, which was incredible and somehow very personal — that’s what we wanted Brody to go through. Something that felt intimate and personal and not the same old thing. I know Damian did a tremendous amount of research and talked to junkies about what withdrawal is like. I think we do it in a very impressionistic way without spending too much time on it. And we introduced this drug ibogaine that speeds the process up that we learned about in our research.

I wasn’t sure if that was a real thing or an invention to take the scene to the next level.
Gansa: It’s totally a real thing.

Clearly you don’t ever want to go to CIA rehab. READ FULL STORY

'Homeland' renewed for fourth season


Showtime has renewed Homeland and Masters of Sex for additional seasons, the network announced Tuesday.

Espionage thriller Homeland is getting a fourth season, while freshman period drama Masters of Sex has just received a second season order. Both will return next year with 12 episodes each.

Homeland continues to prove its strength for Showtime, and is one of television’s most exciting, provocative and widely-discussed shows. It has grown its audience significantly in each of its three seasons,” said Showtime entertainment president David Nevins. “The critical and audience reaction to Masters of Sex since its great launch has been incredibly gratifying. It’s a privilege to get to work with such talented and creative people as Alex Gansa and Michelle Ashford, as well as their tremendous casts. They have each created truly original shows, with distinctive voices that are among the most admired series on television.”

With Dexter having concluded this summer, Homeland is now Showtime’s most-popular series, averaging 6.5 million viewers across all platforms, up 26 percent from last fall. Masters of Sex averages 5.4 million.

'Homeland' showrunner on that huge twist, and defending season 3


SPOILERS: Just when you started to think the Homeland team was writing season 3’s scripts in Crazy Carrie’s green pen, Sunday night’s hour unveiled a twist that upended everything you have seen this season.

The Emmy-winning Showtime drama series’ first few episodes this fall showed Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) locked in a mental institution, publicly humiliated, betrayed by the CIA and — most hurtfully — thrown under the bus by her closest ally and father figure Saul (Mandy Patinkin). It was a brutal arc that left some viewers frustrated and dismayed. Then at the very end of tonight’s hour, there was this revelation: Carrie and Saul have been secretly in cahoots to ruin her reputation to lure out the mastermind responsible for last season’s memorial bombing. Suddenly it seems Carrie isn’t a reckless victim, but as the episode’s “Game On” title suggests, very much in the game, and has been this whole time.

What’s particularly brilliant about this move is that Carrie’s live-wire methods and hunches constantly test the trust and faith of everybody around her. But fans are accustomed to being in the loop, and we get to feel righteously judgmental when others doubt Carrie because we know the truth. This season, the writers gambled by turning the tables: They tested our faith and trust — in Carrie’s sanity, in Saul’s morality, and in the wisdom of the show’s own narrative path.

Below, showrunner Alex Gansa takes our burning questions about the twist, tackles online Dana bashing, and teases the rest of the season: READ FULL STORY

Want 'Homeland' answers? There's an audio book for that

[Spoiler alert: Stop now if you haven't seen Sunday's Homeland.]

The most recent episode of Showtime’s Emmy-winning drama has hungry Homeland fans jonesing for answers: How did a fugitive Nicholas Brody end up in Caracas, Venezuela? Who shot him, and why? Also, what’s with the shaved head?

The good news: Homeland‘s writers can, in fact, explain themselves. The bad news: You’ll have to download a 29-minute interstitial audio book called Homeland: Phantom Pain to hear them do so. (The good news, again: The book is free! And it’s narrated by Damian Lewis!)



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