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Homeland is a psychological, action-adventure thriller that tells the tale of an American P.O.W. who returns to the U.S. and the federal officers investigating his intentions. Based on the Israeli series Prisoner of War, the show currently airs on the United States cable network Showtime. It was developed from the Israeli version by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.

The antagonist in Homeland is CIA agent Carrie Mathison, portrayed by Claire Danes. An unconventional agent who makes an unauthorized visit to one of her informants in an Iraqi prison, Carrie is assigned to the Agency's Counterterrorism Center. It's here that she learns about the rescue of Nicolas Brody (British actor Damian Lewis), a Marine Sergeant who was captured by al-Qaeda and terrorist Abu Nazir eight years before and presumed dead.

In speaking with her mentor, Agent Saul Berenson, portrayed by Mandy Patinkin, Carrie reveals the informant's message to her before she was dragged out of the Iraqi prison - an American P.O.W. has been turned by al-Qaeda and now works for them. Though Saul dismisses Sergeant Brody as the turned P.O.W., Carrie still pursues her own investigation into the Marine's intentions, going so far as to illegally place cameras and microphones in his home without a warrant.

The first season of Homeland deals with Carrie's pursuit of Brody and her interactions with him as well as her investigation in the U.S. and Middle East connections tying back to terrorist Nazir. During this time both characters go through changes. Brody tries to return to normal life after his rescue, but flashbacks reveal he is very disturbed, the murderer of another Marine P.O.W, and, possibly, the person Carrie's informant mentioned. Carrie's emotions begin to fray as the investigation progresses. Through scenes with family members and friends it's revealed that Carrie has bipolar disorder.

What also changes is the relationship between Brody and Carrie. Finding a mutual wartime connection the two hit it off, despite Carrie's continued belief that Brody is an al-Qaeda operative. At one point, after the two drink too much, they end up having sex in Carrie's car and eventually drive off for a weekend getaway. However, after Carrie is caught in a lie concerning her surveillance, the relationship abruptly ends.

By the end of the first season it's learned that Brody did not kill the other Marine P.O.W., Tom Walker. In fact, Walker is in Washington D.C. on an assignment of his own - to kill Vice President Walden. Brody is also assigned to a similar task, but with a suicide vest instead of a sniper rifle. While this takes place, Brody is selected to run for a congressional seat being vacated by a corrupt politician. Meanwhile, after a bomb explosion causes a concussion, Carrie has a manic episode and nervous breakdown, resulting in her residency in a mental hospital and firing from the CIA.

Season two of Homeland is set about six months after the events of the first season finale with Brody a newly-minted Congressman for Virginia and Carrie, now an ESL teacher, working with the CIA in Lebanon. As the season progresses, Brody's true intentions are revealed to Carrie, resulting in his full confession. However, rather than go to jail, Brody decides to work with the CIA to capture Nazir. The end of the season reveals a large number of crossroads for the characters who survived.

Homeland, produced by Teakwood Lane Productions and Fox 21 in association with Showtime networks, premiered on the cable channel on October 2, 2011 and is now seen in 25 countries, including places like Israel and Iran. The show has won numerous awards since its premiere. In addition to Peabody and Golden Globe awards, Homeland swept the dramatic categories at the 2012 Emmy Awards, winning Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Actor and Actress awards for Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, and an Outstanding Writing Award for the show's pilot episode.

Homeland has been renewed for a third season of 12 episodes. As of this writing there has been no news of a premiere date.

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Homeland Full Episode Guide

  • Carrie and Saul return to the U.S. and investigate what she saw in Islamabad.

  • In order to get her team out of Pakistan, Carrie puts her life on the line.

  • The security breach has repercussions all round.

  • Carrie tries to save her mission using improvisation. The CIA close in on a leak.

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Here's Your 'Homeland' Season 4 Trailer

Four seasons in, it's still the same ol' Carrie. The first-look trailer for "Homeland" season 4 is out, and it's definitely intense. Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) looks to have already given birth to her baby, but exactly where the baby is, we're not sure...because she sure as heck isn't going with Carrie to Pakistan. Most of the action of the trailer follows Carrie around Pakistan, a departure from her plan to set up shop in Istanbul as the CIA station chief there.

Homeland - State of Independence Season 2 Episode 3 Recap

“State of Independence” opens with Saul attempting to depart from Beirut and return home. He is detained by the Lebanese airport officials, who have targeted him because of his Jewish name. They go through his diplomatic case and warn him not to return to Lebanon. This scene is incongruous with the rest of the episode, though it could have far-reaching consequences; the CIA may need to return to Beirut at some point. Alternately, the scene may just have been a reminder of the real-life tensions that exist in that part of the world.

'Homeland' Season 2: Watch the 'Social Network'-Esque Trailer

How to make an emotionally wrought trailer: take some short clips and put them together, set to a choir doing a cover of a sad, lamenting pop song. It worked for "The Social Network" back when it released its first trailer featuring a choir singing a haunting choral version of Radiohead's "Creep," and now "Homeland" is trying the same tactic. In fact, the trailer even features the very same choir! This time, the choir is doing a cover of "Every Breath You Take," which not only sets a nice mood musically, but also offers some different layers of meaning as far as the conspiracy/surveillance/spy thing goes.

Damian Lewis of 'Homeland' Will Play Hailee Steinfeld's Dad in 'Romeo & Juliet'

We've seen Damian Lewis play a morally and emotionally confused soldier in Showtime's new hit series "Homeland," and even get a nod for a Golden Globe. Now it looks like Lewis will be playing yet another morally and emotionally confused character, but this time from the pages of Shakespeare. Lewis has been cast as Lord Capulet in the new adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet," which means he'll be playing Hailee Steinfeld's dad. Steinfeld, who made waves in the industry in her role in "True Grit," which won her an Oscar nomination at a very young age, has been cast as Juliet.

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