‘Homeland’ Season 3 Trailer – Picking Up the Pieces and New Threats

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Homeland season 2 ended with Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) having decided to stick her neck out for Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), minus any guarantee that her choice won’t eventually culminate with Brody’s death and Carrie being kicked out of the CIA – permanently this time – or worse, indicted for assisting a fugitive (potential) terrorist.

As the season 3 trailer reminds us, though, the fates of these characters won’t be revealed in the immediate future. Carrie and Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) have their hands full, during the aftermath of a devastating attack on U.S. soil that removed several important Homeland players from the equation. It’s all hands on deck for the CIA right now, which explains why the cunning Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) shows up multiple times in the new S3 preview.

Not to mention, Saul’s buddy Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) will be called in to help with the situation. In fact, Abraham – along with Sarita Choudhury (who portrays Saul’s wife, Mira) - has been upgraded to full-time cast member status for this new season. If that means more grumpy old bearded guys reminiscing about the Cold War over waffles, that’s fine by me.

F. Murray Abraham and Mandy Patinkin in Homeland Broken Hearts Homeland Season 3 Trailer   Picking Up the Pieces and New Threats

Adal’s cloak and dagger methods ought to prove useful for him along the way, as the overarching story will include fewer 24-style fireworks, violent interrogation sessions and mad-dash terrorist hunts (as happened in season two). Instead, co-showrunner Alex Gansa has claimed that the plan for S3 is for something “that is sort of a little more John LeCarré,” with a focus on power-plays and machinations taking place behind closed doors at the CIA headquarters (even while new enemies and threats crop up around the world).

Elsewhere in the world, Brody – with a cleanly-shaven head – looks to be getting in new kinds of trouble, judging by the footage of him running around in a hoodie and firing rounds in the (South America?) jungle. Nicholas won’t be the only member of the Brody clan who has more than emotional baggage to deal with in season 3. As illustrated by the trailer footage of Jessica (Morena Baccarin) and Dana (Morgan Saylor) being hounded by paparazzi photographers and media reporters, Nick’s actions will continue to haunt his wife and children from both within and the outside world.

Dana’s personal woes during season 2 would sometimes provide an interesting complimentary subplot – when juxtaposed with the central narrative proceedings – yet, at other times, it tended to feel like a concerted (read: strained) effort by the show’s writers to give the Dana character something interesting to do. We’ll have to wait and see if that changes for the better in season 3, between Dana’s teen angst – prompting her to snap topless selfies (for a new admirer?) – and taking up her father’s religious practices.

Morgan Saylor and Diego Klattenhoff in Homeland Ill Fly Away Homeland Season 3 Trailer   Picking Up the Pieces and New Threats

If things play out well, then the traumatized Brody daughter’s problems will help to emotionally ground the bigger events (read: issues of nationals security) as they unfold in the days ahead. That goes double for the drama teased in the Homeland season 3 trailer’s foreboding conclusion, teasing another poignant exchange – where Saul must, yet again, apologize to and comfort a visibly distressed Carrie. (Any guesses as to the bad news that she’s just gotten this time around?)

Here is the official synopsis for Homeland season 3:

[The season picks up] during the aftermath of the horrific terror attack that decimated the U.S. intelligence apparatus, and prompted a global manhunt for the world’s most wanted terrorist — Nick Brody. As Carrie and Saul begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives, they are swept up in the political and media firestorm surrounding the terror attack and the subsequent search for Brody’s whereabouts.

Will the new season of Homeland feature the TV series back in top condition, after the second season proved to be something of a mixed bag (multiple Golden Globe wins non-withstanding)? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.


Homeland season 3 premieres Sunday, September 29th @9pm on Showtime.

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  1. Or, is Quinn really another sleeper who purposely let Brody live so he could be the scapegoat for the bombing?

    I think this will be a more interesting season as we see what’s happening to Brody out of the US. And we can further explore the notion that there are insiders in the CIA or gov that are helping the terrorists out, or are using the terrorists for their Machiavellian plans.

    As for the bad news being delivered to Carrie, don’t know if it’s related to Brody, maybe telling her he’s been killed instead of captured. And of course, he’s not really dead and that’s why we see him recovering from bullet wounds.

  2. cant wait!!

  3. Can’t wait.

    Still running the theory that Saul is somehow involved in all of the terrorism.

    • Nice… I am running the same theory with Quinn.

      Although I though about Saul until Quinn showed up, so who knows?

      Can’t wait for September 29th. This is prolly one of my top 3 favorite shows on TV.

  4. That goes double for the drama teased in the Homeland season 3 trailer’s foreboding conclusion, teasing another poignant exchange – where Saul must, yet again, apologize to and comfort a visibly distressed Carrie. (Any guesses as to the bad news that she’s just gotten this time around?)

    My guess is she was pregnant and lost the baby, Brody’s baby.

    • Her dad died maybe?

    • @Chris:

      Good one about Carrie being pregnant. It does show her in hospital scenes so that makes sense.

      • She also has bipolar though so the hospital scenes could be after a major episode that had her taken there for her own safety.

        I’m not disagreeing that she could’ve been pregnant but just giving an alternative view on the hospital stuff. Both are plausible ideas.

        • @Dazz:

          True, although Season 2 made us believe that the procedure she had at the end of Season 1 had “cured” her.

          It could mean she had a relapse(?) and that’s the news Saul is telling her.

  5. Them taken notes from John Le Carré? Awesome. I hope they go all Spooks on us.

    • *taking. Uggh…