Carrie will have had her baby when Homeland season 4 begins. The show is set to premiere on Sunday, October 5 on Showtime.
With Brody and her father dead, Carrie will have to raise the baby herself as she tries to do her new job as Istanbul’s station chief.
“The show is about the private and public costs of keeping America safe,” executive producer Alex Gansa told TVGuide. “That’s the overarching theme of the season.”
There are tons of new characters entering the show this season, including a Pakistani medical student that Carrie tries to recruit (Suraj Shawma of Life of Pi), the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan (Laila Robbins of In Treatement), and the Pakistan station chief (Corey Stoll of House of Cards).
But Saul, now a private contractor who still works with the CIA, and Quinn will continue to play a large part.
Gansa says that Carrie is still trying to deal with the loss of Brody.
[Carrie’s] got a period of grieving to do in coming to terms with what happened at the end of last season, and clearly that’s represented and identified by the child that she had,” he said. “The baby exists as a marker for her emotionally.”
Show creator Howard Gordon previously said that Carrie will be the primary focus of the season.
“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 said.
“She is a person who is trying to stop terrorists doing bad things … but it is more complicated than that,” Gordon said. “I would say that the bugaboos in ‘Homeland’ this year have to do as much with the American bureaucracy as with the ostensible enemy.”