will still thrill despite Brody's death, creator says
Send a link to a friend
[July 07, 2014] By
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - "Homeland" may
have lost its sleeper terrorist anti-hero Nicholas Brody to an
Iranian gallows, but the hit U.S. television show will continue to
thrill, its creator says.
Howard Gordon described surviving cast members, led by the
gutsy yet emotionally troubled CIA analyst Carrie Mathison, as
having plenty of dramatic mileage in the fourth season due to
premiere in the fall on premium cable channel Showtime.
"Fortunately Carrie is still a very robust character, (as are
fellow CIA spies) Saul and Quinn. And there are tertiary
characters who are now stepping more to the fore," he told
Reuters during a visit to Israel, where he was overseeing his
new production, "Tyrant", an Arab Spring drama.
Shot in Cape Town, South Africa, the fourth season of "Homeland"
finds Carrie "on assignment, doing what she does. She is a
person who is trying to stop terrorists doing bad things,"
Gordon said, without divulging further details of the plot.
She is still tackling Islamic militants, he said, "but it is
more complicated than that. I would say that the bugaboos in
'Homeland' this year have to do as much with the American
bureaucracy as with the ostensible enemy."
"Homeland" won sweeping acclaim for its portrayal of the
anguished relationship between Mathison and Brody, a U.S. Marine
ex-prisoner of war and secret al Qaeda recruit, played by Damian
Lewis. After their torrid love affair, Brody carries out an
assassination for the CIA in Iran, where he was executed at the
end of season three.
[to top of second column]
That season was able to regain its standing with critics,
after many derided the improbable plot twists of the second.
But how far the series has rebounded will also be measured this
week in the number of top-tier Emmy nominations the show can earn.
Season two won only two last year - for Claire Danes as best drama
actress in her portrayal of Carrie, and for drama writing.
Emmy award nominations will be announced on Thursday.
Further fuelling the suspense of past "Homeland" seasons was how the
CIA handled the discovery of psychiatric problems that Carrie had
tried to conceal, as well as her surprise pregnancy.
In the next season, Gordon said, "Carrie has Brody's baby and her
illness informs her maternity."
(Writing by Dan Williams; additional reporting by Eric Kelsey in Los
Angeles; Editing by Michael Roddy and Mark Trevelyan)
[© 2014 Thomson Reuters. All rights
Copyright 2014 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.