In July, it was first reported that Homeland's Damian Lewis would be playing a reduced role in the series' third season. Lewis plays Nicholas Brody, a former US Marine who was held captive for eight years by al-Qaeda. Since being rescued, Brody has become the most wanted criminal in the world and the character is now on the run, which is part of the explanation on his absence in the first two episodes.
Further explanation from executive producer Alex Gansa reveals that the Carrie/Brody storyline in season two didn’t “bear as much fruit as we had hoped”. He also said, “We thought the idea of Carrie (Claire Danes) running Brody was going to give us a lot more juice.”
Which means, there may not be a lot of romance in the future for Carrie and Brody as there really isn’t a lot of things to “fish for” this season. Gansa has said there’s a danger in relying too heavily on the romance for drama.
Despite the fact that Brody is on the run and won’t be in the first two episodes, his family will still be shown as the producers found it would be a good avenue to explore, “how [Brody’s actions] would reverberate down on these people.”
Homeland 2.0, as it’s being billed, has eliminated a lot of the fuel of the show but that doesn’t mean that this season will be lacking a narrative. Bert Salke has said that this season promises a lot of development for Carrie’s mentor, Saul Berenson, and for CIA assassin Peter Quinn. He also has revealed that there will be a development that is “personal and awesome”.
Homeland premieres on Showtime September 29 and will return to Chanel 4 in the UK in October.
In the meantime, here’s the latest teaser trailer featuring Adele’s song Lovesong.