Homeland, the drama that managed to simultaneously be the most important portrait of post 9/11 America on TV and a show ripe for endless parody is back in September, and frankly we can’t wait.
In this rather epic new trailer we are given some clues as to where the third series is headed after Brody (played by the exception Damian Lewis) was framed for a fatal bombing at CIA headquarters at the end of Series 2, then smuggled to safety with the help of CIA officer Carrie (Clane Danes), leaving his family to face the world's media and pick up the pieces.
The trailer is set to music so drawing definite conclusions from the footage is difficult, but here’s 4 talking points we’ve gleaned from the 3 minute clip…
1 | Brody’s going back to hell
It looks as if the events of Series 3 are going to make Brody wish he was back in his POW cell... shots of him lying with a bloody stomach, being wrestled to the floor and racing through the jungle on the back of a jeep Rambo-style while firing a gun suggest that his time on the lamb will involve more than kicking back in a wooden hut in Canada (the ten million pound bounty on his head might have something to do with it.). And let's not even mention that new haircut.
2 | Dana’s teen years are going to be no picnic
Homeland Series 1 was lauded for its complex and ambiguous exploration of American foreign policy and its consequences around the world. This trailer suggests that, mainly through Brody’s daughter Dana, the show is going to explore topics more close to home. A quick shot of a wall of newspaper cuttings reveals the headline ‘Brody's daughter admitted to mental health care clinics’, while another scene has her taking a naked selfie, no doubt bound for an accidental appearance on the internet. A storyline seperate from the (occasionally farcical) terrorism-thriller will be most welcome, and Morgan Saylor has already proved herself to be an exciting talent in Series 1 & 2.
3 | Carrie isn’t going to cheer up anytime soon
One of the biggest reasons for both the aforementioned critical acclaim and endless piss-takes of Homeland has been the performance of Clare Danes. Powerful an actress though she it is, her ‘tantrum face’ is distractingly amusing (particularly for anyone who watched My So Called Life) and her animated misery is set to continue into Series 3, with plenty of shots of her sat glumly in her bedroom or weeping silently into mirrors.
4 | Is Quinn is going to get it on with Jessica?
Wild speculation time... the least developed character in Series 2 looks to be doing plenty of his usual moody running and shooting stuff, but a short scene towards the end (2.32) caught our eye: two figures getting it on who look suspiciously like Quinn and Jessica (well, she had dark hair at least). Could Brody’s wife really be about to sleep with another of his former allies? To be honest, we couldn’t exactly blame her...