‘Homeland’ Season 3 Details Revealed

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Clare Danes and Mandy Patinkin in Homeland The Choice Homeland Season 3 Details Revealed

As the writers and producers of Showtime’s award-winning drama, Homeland, recently found out, following up a critically-acclaimed first season is not exactly a slam-dunk. After several aspects of season 2 became a point of contention for critics and fans alike, the season 2 finale was an incredibly important moment for the series.

Now that the opinions regarding the divisive conclusion to season 2 have begun to pour in, executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa have already begun discussing where the series may be headed in season 3, and posited some intriguing possibilities as to where the characters who were left standing might be headed come the fall of 2013.

The pair recently took part in a conference call, and according to TVLine, tackled not only inquiries regarding the season 3 storyline, but they also managed to cover some of the lingering questions left unanswered, or made unclear by the finale.

Since it’s likely you have already watched ‘The Choice,’ you know that an enormous explosion ripped through CIA headquarters, claiming the lives of David Estes (David Harewood), Finn Walden (Timothée Chalamet) and his mother Cynthia (Talia Balsam). Additionally, the domestic terrorist attack left Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) presumed dead, but on the run, and Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) seemingly returning to Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) and the CIA, after aiding in Brody’s escape.

Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in Homeland The Choice Homeland Season 3 Details Revealed

Naturally, with Brody on the run, and his marriage having ended (Brody even gave Mike (Diego Klattenhoff) the green light to take care of his wife and children), the question becomes: How integral will Brody be come season 3, and will the rest of the Brody clan make an appearance? According to Gansa, that’s a question the writers and producers are asking themselves at the moment.

Gansa stated:

“[Those] are all open questions for us right now. We had a much clearer picture of what the first two seasons would be than we do of what the third season would be…. Damian’s involvement and [the actors who fill out Brody's family] is very much up in the air.”

The thought of a season’s storyline not hinging on Nicholas Brody, and his connection to the Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) terrorist network would undoubtedly take the series into new, possibly even more divisive territory. Some would see this as a positive; a sign the series has played out the Brody/Carrie dynamic as best it could, and is now ready to explore other storylines. Meanwhile, many others seem to feel the show was already on a downward slide when it lost Vice President Walden (Jamey Sheridan), and then Nazir, so less Brody may not necessarily be seen as a good thing for those fans.

Besides, how is Brody going to maintain a low profile with his face likely running in a near-endless loop on cable news channels, while unquestionably popping up in all other forms of global media as well?

Gansa says:

“The investigators are going to believe that Brody was actually in his car when it exploded. Plus, Brody does have a head start of a couple of days, and he is privy to Carrie’s best contacts. He has the benefit of that network.”

Damian Lewis and Claire Danes in Homeland  Homeland Season 3 Details Revealed

Still, there are some who feel it was Brody’s plan to blow up his car all along, using Carrie’s feelings for him as a ticket out of the United States. While Gansa admits people are welcome to believe that as a possible avenue for a future Brody storyline, Gordon is quick to warn that scenario is not really what the writers had in mind.

“If you look back on the season, your brain would start hurting to understand why he did certain things if he was partially responsible for what happened.”

At any rate, in a separate interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gansa stated that the writers are keen on approaching season 3 with less emphasis on another catastrophic terrorist strike that Carrie and Saul will try to prevent. If the inference in what he’s saying is correct, then the series could be looking at a storyline that is smaller and more intimate.

“We know roughly what season 3 is. There’s some big muscular moves that we know will happen but there’s a lot to be filled in still. I think all of us on the writing staff would rather not do an impending attack that Carrie stops for the third year in a row. Having said that, we haven’t found that narrative engine that’s going to take us through the third season so I have to reserve judgment. We’re looking for something that’s smaller, that is sort of a little more John LeCarré.”

Mandy Patinkin in Homeland The Choice Homeland Season 3 Details Revealed

When you take into consideration the fact that there is still a mole in the CIA, who, according to Gansa may “have been responsible for moving [Brody's] car to in front of the auditorium,” and the underlying history and possible lack of trust between Saul and the enigmatic Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham), it doesn’t take much to see a little Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy-like inter-agency battle of wits taking place. As such, the assumption at the end of ‘The Choice’ was that Saul might be in line for a larger decision-making role in the CIA, which would conceivably put him in a position to better weed out said mole, and possibly do more good than his predecessor.

There are still several months between now and when production on season 3 would be scheduled to begin, so much of what Gansa and Gordon have discussed could be subject to change. Hopefully, though, some of the more intriguing aspects they’ve brought up will bear fruit, as they sound like an intriguing way to continue the Homeland story.


Homeland will return to Showtime for season 3 in the fall of 2013. Screen Rant will continue to update you with news, as it is made available.

Source: TVLine, EW

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  1. Please can anyone tell me when Homeland 3 starts?!! Or have they not even filmed it yet?! Cannot find a answer any where! This programme is like a drug! I’m addicted big time!!

    • According to the ShowTime’s own website (http://www.sho.com/sho/homeland/home), it comes back on Sept. 29th, 2013.

    • They’re currently writing it. I doubt will see the season start until mid-late 2014

    • it starts back at the beggining of September

  2. Homeland’s best days are behind it. There will not be another character like Brody that you get invested in. It was a good run while it lasted.

  3. Am I the only one who noticed this in the season 2 finale, when Brody gets out of his truck, he has his keys to his car in his hands and he shakes hands with a military officer, but the audience never gets a look at the military officers face, but I wonder if Brody handed his keys to military officer or accomplice to load something in car and move it to area C. Seems really suspicious while he is making out with Carrie he notices his car in wrong place. And why did he leave memorial in the first place?

  4. Carrie and Brody’s HOME _ LAND is each other .There has to be a safe place for them both (emotionally) because inside they are both so fragile. Their unattainable relationship is the thing they can dream “its all worth it” for. The attachment that is co-dependent and more of a need then a desire.
    The last thing Carrie thinks of as they shock her with electro Shock therapy at the end of season 1 – is touching Brody and being close to him. Yeah this relationship is GOLD and the writers have to know it. No they can’t set up a house and have a family but they can dream they can ..I’m sure no matter what happens to the two of this character and no matter how long this series runs. The end is gonna be one of them dying and the other vengefully making the guilty party pay. Because we demand it – there is no happy ending with Terrorism someone always pays.
    The spine of this serious is Carrie and Brody and as much as I appreciate and value the Saul character – Its Carrie’s and Brody’s Romeo & Juliette story line that makes me . ..watch Homeland with an obsession.

    • I so agree. I cannot imagine the series without Brody and his presence. We have been privy not only to Carrie’s committment to finding Nazir but her evolution as a woman and being touched by Brody. Want more!!

    • I agree 100% with u. Very well-spoken.

  5. Fun Homeland Parody:

  6. Nothing can be perfect but all in all Homeland is an excellent saga. After watching the last 3 episodes yesterday there are some details that writers must (and I guess will) take in consideration when going on. Such are for example the sms message Brody sent from Vice President’s room to Abu Nazir (pace maker ID), that is traceable, and the security cameras that surely must cover the CIA headquarters parking lot revealing the moving of Brody’s car.

    Also it’s obvious that Brody must seek hideaway somewhere among terrorist organizations. So he’ll be in one end of line and Carrie in the other, trying to sort out the attack at the memorial party. Another interesting element would be a practical and realistic look at the roles of both religions depicted in the story, Christianity and Islam, in use of violence.

  7. I think Saul is the mole and terrorist and is framng Brody. Don’t know if anyone caught a small but very important scene where Saul noticed a persian rug had it’s corner flipped over and he bent over to straighten it out- clearly someone who uses rugs to worship. I believe he is the one who slipped the razor to the terrorist who then bled to death, he is the one who left the bottle in the lady terrorist jail cell so she committed suicide, he failed the lie detector, and at the end, he wanted Carrie to join him in Nazir’s burial to get her away from attending the VP funeral since he planted the bomb.

    • Nice analysis Barbara. If that is the case, we will not know until the series finale.

    • There was no bottle, just Saul’s glasses she destroyed to commit suicide. Saul may be not the guy who follows strictly protocol but he is a guy with good intentions. Lie detectors can be manipulated (that’s why Brody came through without even raising an eyebrow) – Saul doesn’t like to lie. He is a workaholic and loves his job and serving his country.
      “he wanted Carrie to join him in Nazir’s burial to get her away from attending the VP funeral since he planted the bomb.” I would say he wanted her away from Brody and that’s what he is telling her right away.

      I think Brody passed the guy the razors while they fought. Perhaps it was a call from Nazir!?

      • Stop interfering with peoples thoughts. Staff of Homeland? Don’t make things too obvious.

        • As much as I agree that Barbara pieced it together well, I hope that’s not true! I like your take on it. Although I think that brody put the razor blade in the food box. The one he took off the prisoner and closed when he sat down but was left in the room when brody left. Can’t wait for season 3

    • Ronny
      Very interesting Barbara, you could be right for 100 percent. I like this serie but at the end of it I want Brody and Carrie to get married. I know the story of terrorism has a lack of happy endings but they deserve it. Can not wait watching serie 3. Congratulations to those 2 gentleman with their succes serie.

  8. Interesting series . >>>> My tip for the mole is Hrach Titizian as Danny Galvez. He followed Carey and Brody to the cabin , he was suppose to shoot Brody , but stopped short when he saw him praying near the lake and then said to David Harewood as David Estes (seasons 1–2)now deceased head of the CIA , Counter-terrorism Center, ( Carrie’s boss ) . Danny said to David that Brody was not to be killed .Remember Danny survived the shop blow up earlier , the rest were killed .
    >>> I’d be interested in getting some feedback on that , what does everyone think of that thought ?


    • Do you mean Quinn?? Where was Danny?

      • SPIDER MAN …………Sorry , Yes it was Peter Quinn ,you are correct . I meant to write that name .

        I am not discounting Danny either as a could be mole as he is from Lebanese heritage and we don’t know whether he is a Muslim .

  9. The best series I’ve ever seen. I can’t wait for season 3.

  10. I like this series

  11. I shud be given a piece of Emmy award for watching Homeland season 1 & 2 backtoback with only 3 hours of sleep! The best part is the interrogations by Carrie. can’t wait for season 3.

  12. Carry does not go with the now fugutive Brody because, as she says, she has to go back to clear Brody’s name if they’re going to enjoy any life together. This is not the end of their relationship. She said as miuch. Quinn also has tremendous admiration and respect for Carrie. There is a mole in the department who had access to Estes’ and Walden’s offices and set up Brody. Saul will probably rise to new heights within the bureau. This will all make for a very interesting third season….can’t wait! I love this show.

  13. I just love this show. It kept me on the edge of my seat. Looking forward to third season. What threw me was Saul praying in Muslem with all the dead bodies. I really like Saul but I think he is more than meets the eye.
    I really hope Brody and Carrie are again a part of the third season, in what ever part they may be . Carrie is Great.
    I just watched reruns of it , and still loved it.
    So the Question is Who is The Mole.?

    • I believe that the prayers that Saul was reciting was Jewish an not a Muslim dialect.

      • Right – he was praying in Hebrew

      • You “believe”? It is obvious to ANY Jew that he was saying Kaddish.

  14. I don’t think they should waste time or money on season 3. I loved every second of season 1 until I realised it was going to be prolonged to a season 2. All the build up of tension and intrigue became irrelevant and season 2 was a let down. I don’t think I would even watch season 3 as everything which happened would just be a means to making another season and then on and on and on.

  15. Mary Miller , I bet you end up watching series 3 LOL!!!!

  16. Excellent series!! Could do with a story-line on what Brody was like before he joined the Marines.

  17. The only reason I watched HOMELAND was because of the phenomenal actor Damian Lewis. Although Claire Danes is excellent, as is Mandy Patinkin, it will not be the same exciting experience without Damian’s presence. Sorry :(

  18. The only reason I watched Homeland was because of Virgil. How I loved hearing Carrie cuz the guy out wether just or not. Virgil and his brother or cousin definitely bring in some strange comic relief for some reason to me. I can definitely do with moving on WITHOUT Brody for a while. I did not tune in to watch a soap opera between Brody and Carrie, Sorry.

  19. Love it! Here’s a HOMELAND Spotify playlist


  20. For those who are not aware.Channel 4 has confirmed that Homeland is coming back on sunday,6th October 2013.

  21. You may want to recheck that start date. It’s today, 29 Sep, at 9:00.

  22. Carrie is the mole! She suffers from split personality disorder. She is the one who is master minding all of this. She plays the bad guy,and victim but she isn’t aware when she does it’!

    Movies& TV programmes always give these story lines away. Know how? The vilan is always the one we least expect!

    These writers are just adding un necessary plots,to keep people guessing and throw people off. When it is as clear as day. Carrie is the mold!

  23. Will there ever be a 4th series of Homeland?