The countdown to Season 3 of Showtime’s domestic terrorism drama Homeland has given us a vague teaser trailer, then a less-vague teaser, and a full-length official trailer.

The overall tone is fittingly somber, as CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) aids the escape of her lover, POW-turned-congressman-turned-terrorist suspect Nicholas Brody (Damien Lewis) and returns to her mentor Saul (Mandy Patinkin) in the wake of a devastating attack on American soil which decimates the CIA, leaving Saul in charge as director.

Now Showtime has released a new, abstract TV spot (watch it above), new banners and an official poster. After some solid, hard-hitting teasers, this new one seems to ape the mid-aughts HBO teasers for Six Feet Under – appropriate for that show, underwhelming (and kind of off-putting) for this one, and reveals precisely nothing in the way of plot.

Here’s the new poster, placing Carrie right in the middle of the two most important men in her life:

The banners might be hinting at the distance between the main characters. The first two seem to reflect the (literal, physical) distance between Carrie and Brody as the season opens:

The final banner features Carrie and Saul, and similarly hints at the probably suspicious which will surround Carrie at the beginning of Season 3:

Given the impressively messy state of things at the end of Season 2, the third season looks like it has positioned the major players well out of their comfort zones, which can only improve the show. The explosion during the memorial of Vice President Walden (Jamey Sheridan) reduced the cast significantly, taking out David Estes (David Harewood), Finn Walden (Timothée Chalamet) and his mother Cynthia (Talia Balsam).

As the previous full-length trailer indicates, Brody appears to be at large and (perhaps) up to no good elsewhere in the world, and while Saul will be tested on several fronts – will he be able to remain loyal and protective toward Carrie even as he is remains under pressure to bring the bombers to justice? All the evidence points toward Brody, and since Carrie helped him get away, could she be under suspicion as well?

Rather than the ticking-clock, 24-style narrative structure utilized (unevenly) in the first two seasons, the showrunners have apparently been looking into a more slow-burn approach in the vein of a cerebral, patient John LeCarré story (like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), which sees the CIA on the defensive. There is still a mole in place, and it’s still up in the air as to whether or not Saul will be able to truly take charge and do what is necessary, as his mysterious acquaintance Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) questions.

Homeland will return to Showtime for season 3 on September 29th, 2013 @9PM.

Source: Showtime