When Showtime released the audio teaser for Homeland‘s third season on July 29th, our very own Sean T. Collins broke it down for your reading pleasure. With the August 9th debut of the official trailer, however, fans got a few more clues into just what Saul, Brody and Carrie might be up to in the wake of the devastation at CIA headquarters. Warning: Spoilers Ahead.
Here’s what we know about Brody: As Collins previously reported, the world’s most wanted man isn’t staying put – he’s busy moving from location to location, trying his best to stay hidden. Everyone’s favorite ginger also decided to clip his famous red locks and will be Kojak-ing it for at least some of season three. He’s also sustained what appears to be a pretty brutal wound that (for now) we’ll guess is the result of a gunshot.
The real question that remains: Did Abu Nazir pull a fast one on Brody and frame him for the CIA bombing, or was it all part of the ex-marine’s master plan? Your guess is as good as ours, but we have a hard time believing that Brody had the time (and the opportunity) to plan a bombing of that magnitude while also making kissy-face with Carrie for two straight seasons.
Speaking of Carrie, she appears to be back in full-tilt-Carrie mode, with her elaborately decorated wall that sports a worldwide map, lots of colored string and news clippings from around the globe. We also get a quick glimpse of what appears to be her notebook and, when she’s not dropping Inigo Montoya Easter eggs, it looks like she’s determined to prove Brody’s (and possibly her own) innocence.
Saul, on the other hand, now has the entire weight of the CIA on his shoulders, since he’s one of the few higher-ups that survived the blast. Plan on the epically-bearded Berenson to get some camera-time testifying about the bombing and being über stressed, because not only does he have to run the CIA, but he also has to make sure Carrie doesn’t go completely batshit by saying that he’s sorry in a comforting whisper that only the great Mandy Patinkin could make us believe.
Prepare for Brody’s family to be hounded by the media in the wake of their patriarch being labeled the world’s worst terrorist. Most intriguing, perhaps, are his daughter Dana’s newfound hobbies: trying to emulate her father by converting to Islam, doing her daily prayers in the garage and, unrelated, taking naked selfies. It’s an interesting way to alleviate the guilt of having committed vehicular homicide while also having a terrorist father, but if it means she won’t be making weird faces and annoying Homeland‘s audience for another season, we’re in!
And then there’s Peter Quinn and Mike Faber. After Brody gave his old Marine buddy the green light to have a go at his wife, I’m sure we’ll see plenty of Faber helping the Brody clan stave off the media feeding frenzy. As for Quinn, he’s a bit of a wildcard. Bumped up from recurring character to series regular for season three, we assume he’ll put his ninja assassin skills to good use on the hunt for fugitive Brody. We can’t imagine he doesn’t feel pangs of guilt after letting Brody go free when he had the opportunity to kill him before the bombing at CIA HQ.
From the looks of it, season three has the potential to be the most exciting one yet for the Emmy-winning political thriller. We may poke a little fun at the program, but when it comes down to it, all the absurdities, logic leaps and general craziness that happens on the series is what makes us love it so damned much.
So, while we may not know exactly what’s going to go down in season three, you might as well just reserve our seat for the premiere now, because one thing’s for sure – we’re bound to see an awful lot of Carrie’s famous cry-face while Saul tells her how sorry he is for something he had nothing to do with. But we wouldn’t have it any other way.