Homeland: executive producers talk season 3 possibilities
Story by Jack Foley
ALEX Gansa and Howard Gordon, the executive producers and co-creators of Homeland, have been talking about the possibilities for the third season of the show now that the second run has come to its explosive end.
Speaking to journalists in the US on the day after the finale aired, the duo said that changes lay ahead, while also admitting that they had come close to killing off Sergeant Brody (Damian Lewis).
But they also revealed that the surprise direction the series had taken in terms of the Carrie-Brody relationship (or love affair) had also been something they were working towards from day one.
So, what’s next? And how soon can viewers expect any changes?
In answer to The Hollywood Reporter’s question and whether it would now focus more on Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin), Gansa replied: “It’s an open question but I think inevitably that’s going to happen.
“If you look at these two seasons, the Carrie-Brody relationship, we’ve told a significant part of that story. If there’s a chapter three, it’s going to have to be a re-invention of some kind. There is a point at which we will fall back on the franchise, which is Carrie Mathison and Saul Berenson trying to keep the world safe.”
So, what of Brody? Will he be back for the third season, or will he remain in hiding while Carrie clears his name? And has his ultimate fate been decided?
The answer to that final point, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is no. What’s more, the writers have only had two meetings about the third season and the extent of Lewis’s involvement has not yet been decided.
“We have the prospect that he could come back at some point, if not next season,” said Gordon.
It was at this point that he admitted to almost having killed off the character much earlier than expected.
“If we had given in to this shocking impulse to kill Brody in the middle of the season, we would have sacrificed a lot of those moments between Carrie and Brody as the season drew to a close – and we would have never been able to tell the finale.”
One person who is coming back, however, is Rupert Friend’s black ops assassin Quinn, one of the undoubted success stories of the admittedly hit-and-miss second run. Although neither Gordon nor Gansa would elaborate further.
They did, however, add that the nature of the second season finale had now given them something of a clean canvas to work with. So, watch this space…