Showtime has confirmed that "Homeland" is set to premiere its fourth season with two back to back episodes. The new season will follow Carrie (Claire Danes) as she works as a case officer in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
"In the aftermath of Homeland's stunning finale last season, there is such a strong anticipation for the start of season four that we wanted to give Homeland fans an extra generous helping of Carrie and company," said Showtime executive vice president of original series Gary Levine. "Once we decided to premiere 'Homeland' with a double episode, it made sense to use the momentum of that event to launch our newest series, 'The Affair', the very next week on October 12."
Co-creator Alex Gansa has described season four as "exciting and terrifying," given that they are essentially relaunching the series without Brody (Damien Lewis).
On the subject of Claire coping with her loss, Gansa said Claire may have difficulty.
"On managing her mental illness, she's quite stable. Where she is managing her grief about her loss of Brody is a different question," he told Entertainment Weekly.
It can be recalled that Brody was executed in the show's final episode of season three, but Gansa is not ruling out the possibility of flashbacks featuring the fallen character.
"He was such a significant part of Carrie's life that just to drop him completely would feel wrong, because Carrie is grieving for his loss," said Gansa.
The show runner also hinted that a new romance is on the horizon for Carrie as she continues to see a lot of CIA Officer Quinn (Rupert Friend).
"The question is whether Carrie is in any kind of emotional state to be open to a romance of any kind and does Quinn realize that's the case," he continued.
"Homeland" Season 4 will air its premiere episode on Oct. 5 on Showtime.