‘Homeland’ Season 4 Cast Adds ‘House of Cards’ Actor Corey Stoll and More

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[WARNING: SPOILERS for the Homeland Season 3 finale ahead!]


A good deal of table-clearing had been completed, by the time that “The Star” – the season 3 finale for Showtime’s CIA dram at series, Homeland – reached its ends. The stage is set for some fresh blood to be incorporated into the proceedings, now that some major players have been permanently removed from the over-arching narrative, be it by death or by association to deceased individuals. As such, it comes as little surprise to hear word of new additions to the show’s cast, be they recurring players or “guest stars” (who will likely be making more than a single episode appearance).

To refresh your memory: by the time “The Star” was done, Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) was no more, having found some peace at last in a martyr’s death; Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) was happily done working for the CIA and back with his wife, now making his living as an independent contractor; and a very pregnant Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) had been promoted to a position that would require her to run counter-terrorism operations outside the States.

The remaining members of the Brody clan – which include Nicholas’ wife Jessica (Morena Baccarin) and daughter Dana (Morgan Saylor) – will be not returning for the fourth season of Homeland; in part because they live in the U.S., Carrie’s family are likewise expected to be featured little – if at all – into the developments of the show’s next season, especially in the wake of the real-world death of James Rebhorn (who portrayed Carrie’s father in seasons past).

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Corey Stoll and Laila Robins will appear in ‘Homeland’ season 4

TV Line is reporting that Laila Robins (Bored to Death) is joining Homeland as a series regular for season 4, while Corey Stoll – of House of Cards and the upcoming vampire series The Strain – will be featured in a guest star capacity. Robins is going to be appearing on Homeland as Martha Boyd, the U.S. Ambassador the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, while Stoll will be portraying Sandy Bachman – the CIA Chief of Station in Pakistan, respectively.

In addition to the main cast (we’re also counting Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn), Nazanin Boniadi will reprise her season 3 role as CIA analyst Fara Sherazi; for season 4, Boniadi has been bumped up to series regular, for a storyline that has been kept largely under-wraps, but sees Carrie working in “one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East.” Filming begins this month in Cape Town, South Africa, which shall apparently be standing in for Pakistan (among other locations, potentially).

Now that the Brody saga has been finished and the action is literally being shifted to a new playing board, it’ll be interesting to see what the effect is on Homeland‘s overall direction, hereon out. After the (again, literally) explosive developments that transpired during the season 2 finale, it often felt as though the show was spinning its wheels, throughout chunks of the third season. Season 4, by comparison, could well feel like a proper new beginning for the series, when it comes to its ongoing portrayal of life in the CIA (and the toll said line of work takes on its employees’ lives).


Homeland Season 4 gets underway on Showtime in October 2014.

Source: TV Line

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  1. Midway through season two the show completely fell apart IMO. They kept Brody around way too long and some of the stuff that happened just went beyond by suspension of disbelief. I’ll give it one more shot since they kind of cleared the deck at the end fo last season, but if this show doesn’t deliver in season 4 I’m out.

    And Corey Stoll is a great addition.

  2. I really loved the first season of the show. It was one of the best dramas on TV. Thrilling almost every episode, every scene. The second season alas was disappointing. It was really hard sometimes to suspense my disbelief. And that Dana storyline was just all wrong. After that fiasco I wasn’t sure whether I want to continue watching the show. But I gave writers a chance.

    The third season did not start well. I think it was mostly because the writers wanted to deal with the mess of the second season once and for all and offer some closure for certain characters (Brody’s family). But around the middle of the season, the show once again came to be great. The writers, I believe, realized that people are watching this show mainly for the spy stuff and that the family drama and romance should only complement the main storyline (e.g. when Brody and Jessica were trying to get to know each other again after their estrangement in season 1), not to become the main storyline itself (Dana’s romantic troubles).

    But I’m not sure about season 4. Although, I understand that the show is hugely popular, which means money for the network, I still think they should have ended the show with season 3. The season 3 ending was imho the perfect ending. It really wrapped everything up, all storylines, all characters. The reason I started to watch the show was because of that intriguing premise – Marine turned against his own country – but that is now over. Brody is gone, Brody’s family is irrelevant now, most of the characters are either dead or left. Tt feels like a completely new story and I don’t know why should I continue to watch it (and possibly get disappointed by not meeting my expectations).

  3. I’m interested to find out more about this season. Pakistan should be interesting. I was really hoping they would go into spying on China or taking on Eastern European separatists like in Chechnya.

  4. Show is completely garbage. I love the first season because of Brody, without him I have zero interest. Daines has cried more in 1 series than any actor should ever be allowed.

    If they would have structured the show differently they could have kept Brody around with an interesting plotline for a least 4 seasons. It is almost like they didn’t think the show would be a success the way they essentially set it up so he would have to die early in the series.

    • The third season was garbage, agreed, because they had already made up their minds to get rid of Brody.
      The Brody character was done so well by Lewis that the other characters just complemented him. Now that he is gone(big mistake), I have no more interest in watching this show. Everybody seems to forget that the Brody character was a “Victim”, regardless of what he did. He was played so long by his captors that he lost sight of who he was or who he had been. The ONLY reason I subscribed to Showtime was to watch this show, and when Brody was killed off, I cancelled my subscription. Now that Jack Bauer is back on “24″, I find myself wondering why I watched Homeland to begin with, anyway.

  5. I don’t have much interest in this show anymore.

    Maybe I’ll save up the episodes and binge watch down the line, but I have no urge to watch it. I think they need a strong male co-lead to resurrect it. Danes is good, but the whole crazy/neurotic chick thing has already gotten old for me.

    “Spinning its wheels” is a good summary.

    And like 12345 said above, the focus should be on the spying, not the family soap opera. They’d be better off with 6 good episodes instead of 13 mediocre.

    • The Americans somehow pull both off greatly i.e the spying and the family soap opera.

  6. It did feel as if they took their eyes off the ball to focus on the return of 24. Worth it if so, as it’s been great compared to seasons 2 & 3 of Homeland.

  7. Last season should have been season 2, i don’t think season 2 was really needed, but as long as season 4 is good i’m willing to forget season 2 existed.