Morena Baccarin, Morgan Saylor
Homeland original cast members Morena Baccarin and Morgan Saylor will not return as regulars in Season 4, TVLine reports.
Saylor's character Dana has been scrutinized since the series' launch, but became a focal point of fan contention this season when given a more prominent role. With Brody (Damien Lewis) absent for most of the beginning of Season 3, the focus shifted to Brody's family, specifically Dana's struggles in the wake of her father's alleged terrorist attack.
[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from Sunday's Homeland. Read at your own risk.]
If something has seemed off about this season of Homeland, there's a good reason for it: That's exactly what the writers wanted!
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"I was an amateur magician when I was a kid, and my favorite magic trick was always the one in which the magician convinces the audience that he's made a mistake," executive producer Alex Gansa tells TVGuide.com. That's what we were going for this season. [We wanted the audience thinking,] 'How are they going to dig themselves out of this hole? ... They're killing the series right in front our eyes!' And yet you lay down that final card, and you realize that the magician, the writers, have been one step ahead."
Sunday's episode revealed the writers' magic trick...
A word of warning about Season 3 of Homeland: If you're expecting the fast-paced, vice president-murdering thrills of Season 2, you might want to adjust your expectations.
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Picking up a couple months after "America's second 9/11" — a car bomb outside a memorial service for the vice president that pretty much decimated the entire CIA — Carrie (Claire Danes), Saul (Mandy Patinkin) & Co. are in rebuilding mode. "Everything that happens in Season 3 grows out of the attack on the CIA," executive producer Alex Gansa tells TVGuide.com...
All work and no foreplay makes Dr. William Masters anything but a dull boy.
With the assistance of a free-thinking single mother named Virginia Johnson, this renowned fertility specialist and pioneer in the study of sexual physiology challenges the repressive social mores of the late '50s, when Peyton Place is considered risqué and most people (according to Masters) "sit hunched in the dark like prudish cavemen filled with shame and guilt" when it came to thinking about sex.
Where's Brody? That's classified information...for now. Homeland's POW-turned-suspected bomber was last seen fleeing to Canada — with the help of agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) — after the catastrophic attack on the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Virginia. The case against him is solid: Bomb parts were found in his wrecked car, and Al Qaeda leaked a suicide video he had made before a previous, failed mission.<
Damian Lewis and Claire Danes
Homeland has added eight new guest stars to its upcoming third season, including Law & Order: Special Victims Unit's Joanna Merlin and How I Met Your Mother's Nazanin Boniadi.
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Damian Lewis, Claire Danes
[SPOILER WARNING: This story reveals key plot elements from Sunday's season finale. Read at your own risk.]
Homeland's first season finale posed the question: Would traitorous Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) actually carry out a suicide bombing directed at the vice president of the United States?
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