The critically acclaimed series, “Homeland”, is soon to make a glorious return to our screens, following the breathtaking finale to season two. A pre-launch trailer for season three has recently premiered, intimating what lies upon the troubled horizon. Throughout, we see CIA official, Carrie Mathison, (played by Claire Danes) and the man of ever-shifting allegiances, Nicholas Brody (played by Damian Lewis) reprise their roles once more.
Contrasted against some of the show’s previous launch trailers, this latest showcasing was filled to the brim with action-packed sequences insight and mystery. The trailer follows the aftermath of the devastating terror attacks, launched on the CIA administration’s official headquarters. Nicholas Brody had been framed for the terrorist incident, and was forced to flee the country, aided and abetted by his on-off partner, Carrie Mathison.
The opening sequence reveals an almost catatonic Carrie, hauled up in the darkened corner of her room, clearly reflecting upon her lover’s fate.
Select snippets also revealed the activities of some of the series’ staple characters, including Carrie’s CIA superior, Saul Berenson, as well as Brody’s wife (Jessica) and two children (Dana and Chris), who will no doubt feature prominently within the storyline’s interwoven subplots. Saul and Carrie, on separate occasions, appear in court to offer testimonials, relating to the catastrophic terrorist bombing, aimed at the CIA agency.
Meanwhile, Brody, sporting a shaved head, appears to be involved in further dilemma, as his badly-wounded body slumps inside the sterile walls of a degraded building. This seems to be substantiated later on in the trailer, when he is shown blasting shotgun shells from the roof of a moving vehicle, tearing through jungle foliage.
In addition, it appears that Peter Quinn (played by Rupert Friend) will, at the very least, play a role in the story’s progression. Quinn, who was originally dispatched to terminate Brody, upon completion of his role as a double agent, is seen in a number of action sequences, silencing a handgun and scoping the perimeter of a building.
The official media announcement, detailing the third season’s plot was also released, concomitant to the premier trailer, which thrust Claire Danes and Damian Lewis back into the limelight. The United States network, Showtime, had this to say:
“Season three opens during the aftermath of the horrific terror attack that decimated the U.S. intelligence apparatus, and prompted a global manhunt for the world’s most wanted terrorist, Nick Brody. As Carrie and Saul begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives, they are swept up in the political and media firestorm surrounding the terror attack and the subsequent search for Brody’s whereabouts.”
According to Examiner.com, Showtime have also confirmed that Damian Lewis’ character would not materialize within the first two episodes of season three. In addition, there have been recent rumors, circulating over the looming death of Nicholas Brody. These fears were not alleviated by Lewis who, according to the Huffington Post, recently stated that the show’s producers “… just can’t wait to find some devastating way for me to meet my maker.” He then went on to justify his character’s continued survival, thus far, explaining the audience’s interest in both he and Carrie’s tumultuous relationship was a critical factor.
Homeland has generated substantial television ratings, and considerable critical acclaim to justify its following. During this year’s Golden Globe ceremony, Homeland fought off huge competition from series giants, Breaking Bad and Mad Men, picking up the Best TV Drama award.
During the three minute trailer premier, Claire Danes and Damian Lewis put in fantastic, emotionally-charged performances, which will likely tug at the heart-strings of the program’s die-hard fans. The somber trailer reflects the general tone of the series remarkably well, and will certainly reignite the passion of many a Homeland aficionado. Homeland is set to make its return Sept. 29 on the program’s network, Showtime.
By: James Fenner, London