Homeland: 5 Burning Season 4 Questions Answered

Now that the dust has settled on the dramatic Season 3 finale of Showtime’s “Homeland” (a ratings record for the series) many are wondering what lies ahead.

(Spoiler Alert! - Stop reading if you have yet to see the Season 3 finale!)

Executive producer Alex Gansa spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the future of series and what to expect from next year’s Season 4.

On whether Brody – who was hung in Iran after being caught – will return in a flashback or dream: “I would say highly doubtful. But you never know… The entire season was structured around this ending. Not specifically Brody being hung in the public square in Tehran, but we knew Brody wasn’t going to survive this season. His character has been such a huge part of the show. The title [of the finale] ‘The Star’ had a few meanings; he was certainly one of the two stars of this show. And losing a character like that is painful. Damian Lewis is a phenomenal actor; Brody was such a central character. It was a very difficult decision and one we wanted to honor and not clutter with other things. That’s why the last two episodes played out as they did.”

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On whether Saul will appear in Season 4: “Everybody should rest assured that Mandy Patinkin is coming back as a series regular. 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.”

On how motherhood will affect Carrie’s new job in Istanbul: “That question [is] going to be front and center when we reconvene [in] the story room. Does she take the kid with her to Istanbul? Does she leave it with her father?… The only thing that’s dancing around in the back of our heads is the temptation to show Carrie doing what she was trained to do — and that’s being a case officer in a foreign capitol. That feels like an interesting place to begin a discussion.”

On the future of Jessica & Dana on the series: “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. It has to play out that Brody was out of his mind when he killed Akbari. That has to be the official story so that whatever delicate peace negotiations transpire can move forward.”

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On whether Javadi will return in Season 4: “It’s an open question. One of the great things about season to season is how much time passes. We could jump ahead quite far — or not. And all those decisions will reverberate, and one of those is whether Javadi will come back and play a major role in season 4, or is there some new challenge Carrie will have to confront.

“Homeland” will return to Showtime in 2014.

-- Jesse Spero

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