Checking off names from a kill list doesn’t bother Carrie. It’s a job. One that took her out of maternity leave, away from her newborn, and back into the crossfire as the CIA’s top field operative.
“That’s what Carrie was trained to do,” show runner Alex Gansa told Indiewire after the season three finale. “She was trained to be a case officer. She was trained to go to a foreign city. She was trained to recruit assets there. All of us feel it was a bit of a miracle we were able to fashion three seasons of this character living in Washington D.C. and doing something there that was legitimate. Now we get to see her do what she was trained to do.”
The ominous, minute-long clip begins with an eerie narration, “It hasn’t been a 14 year war we’ve been waging, but a one-year war. Waged 14 times.” The sentiments echo Carrie’s own inner demons: managing her bipolar disorder, sacrificing self for national security (time and time again), and recovering from the death of Brody (Damian Lewis) at the end of season three.
“I was there for the filming of it, but I don’t think it’s really going to occur to me until we start filming again and Damian won’t be making fun of me in the makeup trailer,” Danes said. “I mean, I’m going to have to confront the reality of his really being gone, and I think that will probably be true for Carrie. I don’t think she’s fully processed that… I’m just devastated I don’t get to play with Damian anymore. He was my partner, and just so brilliant at what he did. I leaned on him heavily. So I will miss him enormously.”
Catch the season four trailer of Homeland below to see how Carrie copes, and tune in to the season premiere on October 5.