Homeland Season 4 Update: Creator Says Season Will Thrill Despite Brody Death; Latest Cast Additions and Removals

By Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.
July 8, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

Homeland season 4 will still be thrilling despite the death of Brody, the show’s creator says.

Brody was executed in the tense season 3 finale.

The focus now turns more fully to Carrie Mathison and some of the background characters.

“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,” Howard Gordon told Reuters. Carrie is on assignment in the Middle East helping tackle Islamic militants.

“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.”

The cast has also greatly expanded with a number of new additions.

The latest cast additions are Raza Jaffrey of Smash fame and Michael O’Keefe of King & Maxwell fame. The former will play Aasar Khan, a decorated lieutenant-colonel in the Pakistan intelligence service; the latter will play deputy station chief John Redmond, stationed in the CIA’s Pakistan outpost and serving as No. 2 to Stoll’s character. Redmond butts heads with Carrie, reported The Hollywood Reporter.

Corey Stoll was also recently announced to be guest starring as Sandy Bachman, CIA chief of station in Pakistan. Bachman is Redmond’s boss. Also, Suraj Sharma was cast in a recurring role as a yet-unnamed Pakistani medical student who crosses paths with Carrie.

Previously, Laila Robins (Bored to Death) was confirmed as a series regular, playing Martha Boyd, the U.S. ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Meanwhile, Saul was confirmed as coming back in a big role, while Quinn will also be back and Javadi may be back.

Dana and Jessica have been downgraded after Brody’s death but may still appear in a few episodes. Mike Faber has been ruled out.

Season 4 will take place mostly in Islamabad and Kabul. It’s being filmed mostly in Cape Town, South Africa.

A premiere date hasn’t yet been revealed but it’s pegged for sometime this fall, possibly in mid-October.

Zachary Stieber
Zachary Stieber covers U.S. and world news. He is based in Maryland.