'Homeland' Season 4 Air Date; Plus Will Brody Return In New Season?

"Homeland" Season 4
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Emmy-winning CIA drama "Homeland" is slated to return for a fourth season in 2014, as per the statement by premium cable network Showtime. "'Homeland' continues to prove its strength for Showtime, and is one of television's most exciting, provocative and widely-discussed shows. It has grown its audience significantly in each of its three seasons," said David Nevins, Showtime entertainment president, in a statement. Fans who are eagerly waiting for the new season should know that all three premiere dates for the first three seasons were in the fall. As such, a safe bet for the premiere of Season 4 of "Homeland" is the end of September or the first week of October.  

It was reported earlier this year that Brody (Damian Lewis) could return in the new season after an interview actor Mandy Patinkin, who plays Saul. “I would say so. I don’t think it will be a regular occurrence, but I think it will be an emotional, occasional occurrence,” he said to E! Online. But Patinkin's interview contradicts what showrunner Alex Gansa stated in an interview. “All the evidence points to his death, undoubtedly," said Gansa to TVLine. “I encourage [doubters] to watch the episode again. The issue has been settled. He is not unkillable.” 

In other news, TV Line first reported that Dana (Morgan Saylor) and Jessica (Morena Baccarin) will not return for the fourth season, but the door will be open for the two to return as guest stars. "Carrie might circle back and connect with one of them for this reason or that, the main reason being to inform them exactly why and how Brody died, which right now has to be kept as a very tightly held secret. The last thing the Revolutionary Guard or the Ayatollahs in Tehran would want to hear is that this was actually a CIA operation," says Gansa to Entertainment Weekly. As such, it would seem that if Brody appears again it would be in the form of a flashback. 

As for Saul, fans can let out a sigh of relief, as the creative team of the show has confirmed that the character will reprise his role. "Everybody should rest assured that Mandy Patinkin is coming back as a series regular," says Gansa to Entertainment Weekly. "I can tell you that with 100 percent certainty. Although he's not at a desk at Langley anymore, the CIA does outsource a lot of jobs to private contractors. He's going to be in that circle, he's still in the intelligence-gathering profession and the CIA could use somebody of his immense skills and knowledge for various intelligence work."

The new season will also show fans a new side of Carrie, who will be an operative in Istanbul, and see her in her element doing what she does best. "One of the ideas that we're really toying around with next year is [to have] Carrie go and do what she was trained to do, and that is be a case officer in a foreign country," Gansa tells TVLine. "And as she mentioned to Sen. Lockhart, she gets to choose her own people. So Quinn [Rupert Friend], Fara ... Virgil and possibly Max may come along with her. We get to bring some of our familiar faces overseas." As for her baby, the last scene of Season 3 shows Carrie unsure about her motherhood and whether she wants to raise her child. The creative team of the show, according to blog Zap2It, has yet to make a decision about Carrie's child and what she will do with her daughter. 

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