Homeland (season 3)
|Homeland (season 3)|
DVD cover art
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Original run||September 29, 2013– December 15, 2013|
|Home video release|
|Region 1||September 9, 2014|
|Region 2||September 8, 2014|
|Region 4||September 24, 2014|
|Blu-ray Disc release|
|Region A||September 9, 2014|
|Region B||September 8, 2014|
The third season of the American television drama series Homeland premiered on September 29, 2013 on Showtime, and concluded on December 15, 2013, consisting of 12 episodes. The series is loosely based on the Israeli television series Hatufim (English: Prisoners of War) created by Gideon Raff and is developed for American television by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.
Cast and characters
- Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a CIA intelligence officer assigned to the Counterterrorism Center. (12 episodes)
- Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine Sergeant and a Marine Scout Sniper who was rescued by Delta Force after being held by al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war for eight years. (6 episodes)
- Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn, a CIA black ops SOG/SAD operative. (10 episodes)
- Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody, Nicholas Brody's wife. (5 episodes)
- Jackson Pace as Chris Brody, Nicholas Brody's son. (4 episodes)
- Morgan Saylor as Dana Brody, Nicholas Brody's daughter. (6 episodes)
- Sarita Choudhury as Mira Berenson, Saul's estranged wife. (8 episodes)
- Tracy Letts as Senator Andrew Lockhart, the power hungry, authoritative and commanding Committee Chairman. (9 episodes)
- F. Murray Abraham as Dar Adal, a retired black ops specialist. (10 episodes)
- Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, formerly the CIA's Middle-East Division Chief and the new Acting Director. He is Carrie's old boss and mentor. (11 episodes)
- Nazanin Boniadi as Fara Sherazi, an intelligent, young and professional Persian analyst. (6 episodes)
- Shaun Toub as Majid Javadi, the Iranian Deputy Intelligence Chief who masterminded the Langley bombing. (6 episodes)
- William Abadie as Alan Bernard, an international journalist. (5 episodes)
- Tim Guinee as Scott Ryan, in charge of CIA special ops. (5 episodes)
- James Rebhorn as Frank Mathison, Carrie's father. (4 episodes)
- Sam Underwood as Leo Carras, a new friend of Dana’s with a troubled past. (4 episodes)
- David Marciano as Virgil, Carrie's contact. (3 episodes)
- William Sadler as Mike Higgins, the White House Chief of Staff. (3 episodes)
- Maury Sterling as Max, Virgil's brother. (3 episodes)
- Gary Wilmes as Dr. Richardson, a psychiatrist helping Dana Brody cope with recent events. (3 episodes)
- Martin Donovan as Leland Bennett, a partner in a Washington., D.C., law firm. (2 episodes)
- Amy Hargreaves as Maggie Mathison, Carrie's sister and a psychiatrist. (2 episodes)
- Houshang Touzie as General Danesh Akbari, the Iranian Intelligence Chief. (2 episodes)
- Chris Chalk as Tom Walker, a U.S. Marine who was captured along with Brody. (1 episode)
- Diego Klattenhoff as Mike Faber, a U.S. Marine Major (formerly Captain). He was Nicholas's best friend who, assuming Nicholas was dead, began an affair with his wife. (1 episode)
- Navid Negahban as Abu Nazir, a high-ranking member of al-Qaeda. (1 episode)
The beginning of the season presents the aftermath of a terrorist attack committed by Abu Nazir's people. Carrie is blamed for the CIA's failings as Senator Lockhart grills Saul, now Acting Director of the CIA, in front of the Senate Committee. However it turned out to be part of a bigger plot, as Saul had Carrie seemingly disavowed by the CIA to lure a senior Iranian intelligence officer Majid Javadi (who financed the Langley bombing) into becoming a CIA asset. He later relayed the information to Carrie that the main perpetrator of the bombing was still in the US, and the CIA acted to bring the real bomber and the officer's lawyers into questioning. As the Brody family struggles to live within their means amidst Brody's terrorist status, Brody himself is in hiding in Caracas, Venezuela, effectively being held prisoner by his captors until Saul's arrival. Following a gunshot wound to the torso, Brody becomes addicted to the heroin given to him as a painkiller. Saul eventually rescues him, detoxifies him, and recruits him for a mission: to go to Iran and use his notoriety as the "Langley Bomber" to get close to the current head of the Revolutionary Guard, Danesh Akbari, to assassinate him. After Brody publicly declares that he is seeking asylum in Iran, he is taken to meet Akbari but fails to get close enough to assassinate him. Assuming that Brody will never have another opportunity to complete his mission, senior CIA officers order his assassination, however with help from Carrie, Brody escapes and goes to meet Akbari himself, claiming to possess sensitive information about Javadi. During the meeting, Brody strikes Akbari and suffocates him to death. Carrie takes him to a safehouse but Lockhart, now CIA Director, gives up their location to the Revolutionary Guard in order to increase Javadi's chances of being promoted. Brody is then publicly hanged. Lockhart refuses to place a star on the memorial wall to commemorate Brody, so Carrie draws one on the memorial wall.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|25||1||"Tin Man Is Down"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Alex Gansa & Barbara Hall||September 29, 2013||3WAH01||1.88|
|26||2||"Uh... Oh... Ah..."||Lesli Linka Glatter||Chip Johannessen||October 6, 2013||3WAH02||1.83|
|27||3||"Tower of David"||Clark Johnson||Henry Bromell & William Bromell||October 13, 2013||3WAH03||1.81|
|28||4||"Game On"||David Nutter||James Yoshimura & Alex Gansa||October 20, 2013||3WAH04||1.77|
|29||5||"The Yoga Play"||Clark Johnson||Patrick Harbinson||October 27, 2013||3WAH05||2.00|
|30||6||"Still Positive"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Alexander Cary||November 3, 2013||3WAH06||2.00|
|31||7||"Gerontion"||Carl Franklin||Chip Johannessen||November 10, 2013||3WAH07||1.85|
|32||8||"A Red Wheelbarrow"||Seith Mann||Alex Gansa & James Yoshimura||November 17, 2013||3WAH08||1.78|
|33||9||"One Last Thing"||Jeffrey Reiner||Barbara Hall||November 24, 2013||3WAH09||1.94|
|34||10||"Good Night"||Keith Gordon||Alexander Cary & Charlotte Stoudt||December 1, 2013||3WAH10||2.06|
|35||11||"Big Man in Tehran"||Daniel Minahan||Chip Johannessen & Patrick Harbinson||December 8, 2013||3WAH11||2.09|
|36||12||"The Star"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Alex Gansa & Meredith Stiehm||December 15, 2013||3WAH12||2.38|
Production for the third season began in late May 2013, continuing production in Charlotte, North Carolina. The series also filmed in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, which stood in for Caracas, Venezuela. The series was also planning on returning to Israel for additional filming, but filming moved to Morocco, due to ongoing conflicts in Syria.
The third season has three previous guest actors–Rupert Friend, F. Murray Abraham and Sarita Choudhury–promoted to series regulars. Tracy Letts joined the cast playing Senator Andrew Lockhart, Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, as a series regular. Diego Klattenhoff and David Marciano, who portray Mike Faber and Virgil, do not return as series regulars, but return in a recurring capacity.
Barbara Hall joined as co-executive producer, after Meredith Stiehm left. James Yoshimura also joined as a writer and consulting producer. Writer Henry Bromell, who died on March 18, 2013, is credited as executive producer for the whole season. Lesli Linka Glatter, who directed the season 2 episode "Q&A", and former 24 co-executive producer and writer Patrick Harbinson both joined as co-executive producer. Michael Klick, who was credited as producer in the first two seasons, was promoted to co-executive producer. Claire Danes became a producer beginning with the third season. Former series writer Meredith Stiehm rejoined the writing staff near the end of the third season, including co-writing the season finale, after departing Homeland to write for her new TV series The Bridge. Stiehm will continue with the series through the fourth season and potential fifth season as well.
In its third season, Homeland became the first series on Showtime to surpass seven million total viewers weekly. The season finale, "The Star", was the highest rated episode of the series to date, with 2.38 million viewers for the original broadcast.
Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the first two episodes of the season restored his faith in the series, and that the emphasis on Carrie and Saul "has strengthened the series", and that "the writing and acting in the first two episodes are exceptional." Robert Rorke of Newsday wrote that "the third-season premiere Homeland delivers a strong episode that repairs much of the damage done last season to this excellent show" and "In balancing action with character development, Homeland offers something for everyone. The performances, as usual, are excellent." Robert Bianco of USA Today praised that the series is focusing on the aftermath of the CIA bombing, and wrote "The result of that change of focus is a return that's quieter than the tone Homeland set when it left us but just as intense, and—when Danes is on screen—just as emotionally wrenching." Matthew Wolfson of Slate wrote "Showing us the long-term impact of the attack on the lives of these characters, whose deep-seated motivations and fears have gradually been revealed to us over the last two seasons, allows Homeland to transcend its tendencies toward the hyperbolic and gives us a reason to suspend our disbelief."
However, some critics had negative reviews for the season. Morven Crumlish of The Guardian found it tedious: "A half-absorbed piece of fiction will leave the characters floundering in their mid-arc torpor. With no end in sight, though, Carrie and Brody can flounder without me." Gerard O'Donovan of The Daily Telegraph agreed: "The ludicrous plot contortions of this season’s early episodes... had all been such a mess."
Awards and nominations
The season was nominated for Best Drama Series for the 2014 Writers Guild of America Awards. For the 20th Screen Actors Guild Awards, the cast was nominated for Best Drama Ensemble, Claire Danes was nominated for Best Drama Actress, and the series was nominated for Best Stunt Team. For the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, Claire Danes was nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and Mandy Patinkin was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.
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