TV preview: Homeland

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Usually, when a series as gripping as Homeland returns, it’s a cause for a celebration. However this time, to be honest, we’re still feeling a little bit raw about Brody’s death at the end of last season.

It all seemed so ... ignominious. At least Carrie tried to get him the recognition he deserved, but in the end she - and we viewers - are left in the minority.

The rest of the world seemed to care little for the passing of the US Marine Corps sergeant, who was publicly executed and has but a hastily hand-drawn star on the CIA Memorial Wall to honour him, courtesy of Carrie.

Still, life - it seems - goes on. As the fourth season of the award-winning political thriller kicks off, we soon come to realise quite some time has passed. For example, the last time we saw Carrie, she was pregnant with Brody’s child, and on the brink of taking up a new overseas role. Now, she’s been assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East, where she is well and truly back on the front lines in the war on terror.

In fact, she’s in a bit deeper than feels comfortable, as she’s faced with a whopping dilemma.

As the new CIA Chief of Station in Kabul, she’s about to make the most crucial call of her career: she’s received some strong intelligence about a high-value target from a colleague working in Islamabad.

Saul Berenson, meanwhile, was contemplating his future outside of the CIA when last we saw him. Now, he’s plugging away in the private sector, but doesn’t seem happy. It’s clear he misses agency life - how long before he’s back in the fray, do you think?

It would be nice to see Saul, at least, back in action - with Brody gone we think Carrie needs a friendly face.

Claire Danes, who plays the bipolar agent, explains that she had a hard time filming without co-star Damien Lewis (Brody): “I’m going to miss him. A lot of people, even my friends, were saying, ‘Is he really dead?’ And it’s absurd, but I think there’s a part of me that is also a little unsure,” she told Harper’s Bazaar.

“I’ll really start to believe it when we’re filming and he’s not there. That’s going to be hard and sad,” she admitted. “I loved working with him and he carried half the weight of the show. So I’m a little bit daunted about what that means for me...”

Homeland, Sunday, 9pm Channel 4

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