“Homeland” will return for its fourth season on Sunday, Oct. 5, the show’s producers announced Friday — and made a promise that Dana Brody’s character will not be back.
The death of Nicholas Brody last season will apparently mean the end to an unpopular storyline involving his teenage daughter. Executive producer Alex Gansa announced the date — and Dana’s absence — at a Television Critics Association panel.
“I can say unequivocally that Dana Brody will not be back,” Gansa said.
He also said the rest of Brody’s family will “probably not” be back, either. That means no more Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody.
Scenes from the upcoming season shown to critics Friday suggest the show will leave domestic drama behind and focus almost entirely on CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) as she takes an overseas post in Pakistan. She has left her new child in the United States to focus on her dangerous new job.
Last season ended with Saul (Mandy Patinkin) out of action, but he’s back in the mix in Season 4 working for an independent contractor.
“Happy hunting,” he tells Carrie in one clip.
The new season is shooting in South Africa, which is standing in for Pakistan. Gansa said the show considered setting the series in Israel this season, but given the violence there now, he said he was “very happy that we didn’t.”
Showtime also released a new promotional poster for the series: