Spoiler Alert: If you have not yet finished Homeland’s second season, spoilers are ahead.
When viewers last left Homeland, the CIA had been attacked and Carrie (Claire Danes) was bidding Brody (Damian Lewis) a tearful goodbye.
When the Showtime drama returns for third season on Sept. 29, it will pick up a few months after the devastating events of the second season finale. Brody is on the lam and Carrie is once again off her medication. “Carrie is always sitting on her own personal ticking bomb,” Danes told critics assembled for the semi-annual Television Critics Association Press Tour in Beverly Hills. “It’s just an impossible dilemma because she is not great on the meds and she’s even worse off of them. . . . It’s pretty bleak in the beginning.”
Season three will focus on the congressional investigation into the attacks. “The CIA itself is on trial,” executive producer Alex Gansa said. “This is an agency that couldn’t even protect itself. How should it be expected to protect the country?”
With David Estes (David Harewood) killed in the second season finale, Saul (Mandy Patinkin) suddenly finds himself in charge.
“He’s been quite comfortable on the sidelines for the last 20 years criticizing, making suggestions,” Gansa said. “All of a sudden, he finds himself now having to make the decisions. And with the actual existence of the CIA in question, he has to make some very uncharacteristic choices that he’s not comfortable making.”
Despite his character being on the run, Lewis, who joked that the show has been trying to kill him since the end of season one, will appear this season. “[Brody is] the most wanted criminal in the world, arguably, at this point,” Lewis said. “So he has to lay low. But I hope that when we when you do see Brody for the first time, it will be interesting.”
And the Emmy nominated series will continue to tell the story of Brody’s fractured family. “We felt we had to honor those people that we created and what would their lives be like after this devastating attack and after their father, husband was accused of being the guy who did it,”Gansa said.
But fans should be warned: the producers were tight-lipped about any potential deaths and offered a terse “no comment” when asked how safe the main characters would be this season.
Luckily, Showtime released a sort-of trailer for the next season that’s just enough to torture us a little more. The below trailer is totally blacked out, with an audio-track of what sounds like Saul, Brody and a couple other male voices, most ominously saying “does Carrie know I’m here?”
Check it out below and let us know what you think it means in the comment section.