[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!
Homeland postmortem: Brody's Back — but for how long?
"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...
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the season premiere of Homeland. Read at your own risk.]
"A win would be nice. Another f--- up could be fatal."
Those are Saul Berenson's words to his CIA colleague Dar Adal around the midpoint of Homeland's Season 3 premiere — and they are almost an understatement.
Homeland boss on "quieter" Season 3: Carrie's questioning herself at every turn
Picking up nearly two months after a car bomb nearly wiped out the entire CIA, Saul (Mandy Patinkin), Carrie (Claire Danes) and the rest of what's left of the agency are being scrutinized by a Senate Intelligence Committee led by Sen. Lockhart (Tracy Letts). As if the hearings weren't enough pressure, Saul also wrestles with whether or not to green-light a complicated mission that many at the CIA feel is the appropriate retaliation for the terrorist attack at Langley...
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.<
When Homeland returns to Showtime for its third season, there is likely to be one question on viewers minds: Where is Brody?
When viewers last tuned in, Brody (Damian Lewis) was on the run after having been framed (or was he?) for an attack that killed hundreds at a CIA memorial for the vice president. He was able to escape across the border, thanks to his lover/CIA handler Carrie (Claire Danes), and as such, Brody is notably absent from at least the first two episodes of Season 3.
Homeland Season 3 teaser: Where is Brody?
So where is he? And how are Carrie and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) coping in the aftermath of the CIA attack? Read on for some spoilers on the new season...