Executive producers Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa also recently discussed "Homeland" season 3 spoilers. Gordon and Gansa shed insight on lingering questions following the finale, as well as the coming season's storyline.
In the "Homeland" season 2 finale, David Estes (David Harewood), Finn Walden (Timothee Chalamet) and his mother Cynthia (Talia Balsam) were killed in an explosion at the CIA headquarters. Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) initially believed Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) to be behind the domestic terrorist attack, but is eventually convinced of his non-involvement and helps him flee the country.
Brody is rumored dead. Carrie returns to Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) after abetting his escape. Mike (Diego Klattenhoff) appears to act as father figure for Brody's family and Carrie seems to have rejoined the CIA. What will Brody's role be in season 3? Screenrant reports that "Homeland" executive producer Gansa stated: "Damian's involvement and [the actors who fill out Brody's family] is very much up in the air."
With Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) executed and Brody on the run, it is likely the "Homeland" season 3 storyline will not focus on their partnership within the terrorist network as it has in the past two seasons. The season finale also ended with Brody's confessional video from his first attempted suicide-bombing being blasted across the media, portraying him as the CIA headquarters' attack terrorist. With Brody labeled as a terrorist nationwide, is returning even an option? Gansa states, according to Screenrant:
"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."
"Homeland" season 3 spoilers revealed by the producers also suggest that viewers will see Brody and Carrie apart. "It's a question in a way even though their lives are adjacent they're very connected still. You feel the gravitational pull of the relationship even though they may not be in the same physical space," Executive Producer Gordon said, according to Fashion & Style.
Screenrant also notes that there is still a mole within the CIA, which could serve as a possible focal point of the upcoming season. Executive Producer Gansa also notes that "Homeland" season 3 issues might deal with the possibility that a United States terrorist attack was sponsored by a state. There's also the other obvious, looming question: where is Brody?
"We know roughly what season 3 is," says Gansa in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. "There's some big muscular moves that we know will happen but there's a lot to be filled in still." The producer adds, "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 LeCarre."
Season 3 of "Homeland" will also introduce new faces. Huffington Post reports that Amy Morton ("Up in the Air") will play Erin Kimball, a CIA attorney appointed to Carrie. Joanna Merlin ("Law and Order: SVU") will star as Jessica Brody's mother, Grandma Lois. Tracy Letts ("Prison Break") plays Senator Andrew Lockhart, Broadway star Lawrence Clayton stars as Admiral Jim Pennington and Chilean actor Pedro Pascal appears as Majority Counsel David Portillo. Nazanin Boniadi ("Iron Man"), Gary Wilmes ("Salt") and Sam Underwood ("The Last Keepers") round out the new "Homeland" season 3 cast members.
"Homeland" season 3 premieres September 29 at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.