When “Homeland” returns to Showtime this fall, Damian Lewis’ Sgt. Nicholas Brody is on the run, and the most wanted man in the world.
He’s been accused and convicted in the court of public opinion of being responsible for the attack in the Season 2 finale that decimated the Central Intelligence Agency and killed more than 200 people. Now on the run, Damian told AccessHollywood.com that it’s a very different Brody that viewers will see when the show has its Season 3 premiere.
“There are points in Season 3 where you will question whether Brody does want to live,” Damian told AccessHollywood.com after the “Homeland” panel at the Television Critics Association Summer Tour in Beverly Hills on Monday.
Brody had many, many low ebbs over the past two seasons, and when Access asked what is keeping the character going and giving him the will to carry on, Damian said it is the same reason Brody didn’t blow up the Vice President in Season 1 – his family.
“Uppermost in his mind is his family, always,” Damian said. “But, honestly, at this point, if he’s caught, he’s going to the chair. There is so much overwhelming evidence against him and there is such a great need for a scapegoat and for the CIA to make a recovery, and for the US President, that fictional President who is there at the White House at the time, to make a recovery [and] bring someone to justice.
“It’s as appalling at the end of Season 2 as what happened in 9/11,” Damian said of the show’s fictional explosion that took out many characters, including Director David Estes (David Harewood). “It’s within the CIA. It went right to the heart of the intelligence community and I think Brody is just trying to stay alive, and the pressure of trying to stay alive is actually, is what – you see will make him crumble.”
Spoiler alert! Producers confirmed on Monday that Damian is not in the first two episodes of the season, but they would not specify when fans will see him reappear.
When the show returns on September 28 at 9 PM, Claire Danes’ character, Carrie, is off her medication, something the actress addressed during the “Homeland” panel on Monday.
“Carrie is always sitting on her own personal ticking bomb and it’s just an impossible dilemma because she is not great on the meds and she’s even worse off of them,” Claire said. “But there’s a really great sweet spot… in the middle of those two states that she’s always trying to land on where she’s… exceptionally high performing, and we get to enjoy her process of finding that balance.
“It’s pretty bleak in the beginning. She’s gone off her meds for all sorts of reasons which, I think, she believes strongly in,” the actress continued. “But it’s always a little precarious.”
And just as Carrie is descending into her own mental health issues battle, Saul (Mandy Patinkin) is running – yes, running – the CIA.
“As a result of the attack last year, the CIA itself is on trial. That is an agency that couldn’t even protect itself. How should it be expected to protect the country? And Saul is confronted with that very question in the first episode,” Executive Producer Alex Gansa said during the panel. “And Saul finds himself in a very unique and different position than he’s ever been in before that is he is sitting in the director’s chair. He’s been quite comfortable on the sidelines for the last 20 years criticizing, making suggestions. All of a sudden, he finds himself now having to make the decisions. And with the actual existence of the CIA in question, he has to make some very uncharacteristic choices that he’s not comfortable making, and, obviously, one of them has direct bearing on his protege, Carrie Mathison.”
-- Jolie Lash