'Homeland' season 4 - first trailer featuring Claire Danes

Carrie Matheson on a new mission in the Middle East

Claire Danes in Homeland season 4
Homeland season 4 hits our screens this autumn with Carrie Matheson (Claire Danes) on a dangerous new assignment in the Middle East.

The show's co-creator Alex Gansa has described season 4 as effectively a reboot. Gansa has said it was "like doing another pilot" with Carrie's CIA adventures taking her to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Brody (Damian Lewis) was executed in the third season finale, but reading into Gansa's comments when speaking to Entertainment Weekly don't rule out a timeline twisting return for the character: "He was such a significant part of Carrie's life that just to drop him completely would feel wrong, because Carrie is grieving for his loss."

Gansa revealed that six months has passed when we meet Carrie again: "She has given birth to the child and I’d rather not give away where the kid is, but I will say probably one of the reasons she’s found herself in Afghanistan and Pakistan is it’s a place where you’re disallowed from bringing a dependent."

The showrunner also explained that Saul (Patinkin) will play a central, but different, role this season: "Saul in the past was Carrie’s boss. Now that he’s in the private sector he finds himself working underneath her and at her behest, so there’s a role reversal that takes place there."

Mandy Patinkin, Nazanin Boniadi and Rupert Friend return alongside new cast members Corey Stoll (House of Cards) and Life of Pi star Suraj Sharma.

Homeland season 4 takes a bow across the pond October 5th and will return to Channel 4.

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