On the surface, Carrie Mathison’s journey in “Homeland” Season 3 looks similar to what’s come before. She again gets thrown under the bus by the CIA and again is off her meds, but producer Howard Gordon promises that this new chapter in Carrie’s story will be different than the ones told in Seasons 1 and 2.
“It really has everything to do with Carrie’s mental state and where that leaves her, and that betrayal and her helplessness sort of in the wake of what happened last year,” he tells Zap2it at Showtime’s TCA press day. “It’s more of an emotional ripple of that primary event.”
During “Homeland’s” TCA panel, Claire Danes seemed to suggest that Carrie only gets reincorporated with the bulk of the show’s cast around episode 6. Though Gordon wouldn’t confirm that’s the case, he did say that Carrie’s separation is another example of what keeps “Homeland” interesting.
“One of the fun things about the show is the inside-out, at what point are people rolled up institutionally into the CIA’s operation, what part are they going rogue, and when will they loop their bosses and the other people in,” he says. “So look, the idea of in-fighting inside the CIA and jurisdiction and secrecy and betrayal is a drama that happens inside the context of this workplace.”
In terms of Carrie’s relationship with Saul and the strain it will be put under in Season 3, Gordon describes it as a “game-changer.” Gordon says their relationship is the most important in “Homeland’s” pilot, and that it remains a central part of Season 3.
“It’s a game-changer, but I will see that the ramifications of what you’ve seen definitely play out downstream,” he says. “The Saul/Carrie axis in some ways is every bit as the Carrie/Brody axis. I mean, he is her mentor, her father-figure, and she is his apprentice, disciple, daughter, and all those relationships are tested, are broken, are bent and in some ways this is the story of Carrie and Saul.”
“Homeland” Season 3 premieres on Showtime on Sept. 29 at 9 p.m. ET.