Season 6 returns 15th January 2017 in the US. Renewed for Seasons 7 & 8.
Based on the Israeli version of "Prisoners of War." A U.S. soldier who was thought to have been killed in Iraq over 8 years ago who is now being questioned as to whether he is a member of a sleeper cell sent to cause a terrorist attack. Claire Danes stars in this Showtime pilot as a CIA agent with bipolar disorder who comes to suspect that an Afghanistan war hero who has returned home after years as a POW might be part of a terrorist plot. Expect a psychological thriller with a strong focus on character development.
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Brody rushes to hide Akbari's body and clean up the blood. He quickly washes his hands and grabs Akbari's gun. He leaves the office and makes his way out of the building. A man stops him at the exit and asks for his visitor's pass back. The secretary enters Akbari's office and finds him dead. Outside the building, Brody gets into a black van. The gate of the compound is opened just as men come out of the building screaming. Brody holds his gun to the driver and orders him to drive.
Carrie calls Saul and tells him that Brody went through with the mission. She knows because he called her from Akbari's office. She's waiting for Brody and Saul thinks that the Iranians are after her. In order to carry through with the extraction plan, Saul needs confirmation of Akbari's death. Carrie arrives at the spot she agreed to meet Brody.
Brody orders his driver to drop him off outside of the city. He tells the man to walk away and Brody takes the man's phone and car. Brody arrives at the meeting place that Carrie specified but she isn't there. He leaves and gets back in the car. Carrie gets in the car and drives over to her car. She wants to switch vehicles and make their way out of the city.
Majid informs Saul that Akbari's death is true. He wants to capture Brody so that he has a guarantee to be promoted. He asks Saul for Brody's location and promises to protect Carrie. Saul says he will call back later. He asks Dar Adul what they should do. Dar thinks that Brody should be captured to ensure Majid's rise to power. He suggests that Saul slow down since it's his last full day as director. Saul refuses and orders Dar to initiate the extraction plan.
As Carrie makes her way to the safehouse, Brody tells her about his father. He ducks down when Carrie spots a car heading towards them. They arrive at the safehouse and Carrie searches through it. Brody goes to the bathroom and stares at himself in the mirror.
Saul's team watches a news report on the assassination of Akbari. Dar asks Scott where the extraction will take place. He says it will be done in Afghanistan by a team of men. There are additional men on standby if the the team needs to fight its way out of Iran. Dar agrees to pass his concerns onto Saul, who is still director for another 11 hours.
Carrie and Brody do their best to stay warm in the safehouse. She asks him what's going on with him and he says that he just murdered a man. She explains that he was a terrible man who murdered many children. Saul calls to promise that he will get them out safely. The team should be there before sunrise to evacuate them. He's leaving for Germany and says he will meet them there. Brody asks what will happen when they get home. She doesn't know and asks what he wants to happen. Brody never expected to get this far so doesn't like to think about it. He doesn't feel that this mission fully redeems him though. She thinks it does though and asks why he agreed to the mission in the first place. He isn't sure any more. Carrie reveals that she's carrying his child. She doesn't know if they will be together when they get back but she doesn't regret having his child.
Carrie watches Brody sleep and wakes him up when she hears a helicopter. They go outside but are surrounded by soldiers. Brody is taken away and Carrie tries to reason with a man who approaches her. She asks to speak with Majid but the man insists that he already knows. The soldiers take Brody away and leave Carrie at the safehouse. She calls Saul but he doesn't know about what's happening. Saul hangs up and meets with his team. Lockhart is the one who called Majid, on the president's authority. He tells Saul that he's no longer director. Dar argues that it's better in the long run to have Brody captured. Lockhart claims to also be protecting Saul's legacy.
In her hotel, Carrie gathers her things to leave. Two men stop her in the lobby and force her into a car outside. The men take her to Majid. He says that Brody is in prison and she can't see him. He has been sentenced to death by hanging. He is scheduled to be hanged in public during the night. Majid reminds her that the mission has been a success and it's better if Brody dies. Brody has accomplished an amazing feat and now everyone will see him for what he truly was, for what Carrie knew him to be. She asks to see him but Majid says he's at peace and he should be left alone. He concedes and allows her to have a phone call with Brody.
As Brody washes himself in his cell, a guard hands him a phone. Carrie tells him that she will make Saul save him but he tells her not to. He wants this to be over and he feels ready to die. He asks her for one thing, to not be at his execution. She insists on being there though. A guard asks for the phone back and Brody hangs up.
Sitting in his office, Saul receives a call from Carrie. He wishes there was something he could do but the president has already weighed in. It's too late to save Brody so Saul apologizes. Carrie breaks down crying.
During the night, Carrie and Masud head to the square where Brody's execution will take place. The crowd begins to yell when Brody arrives in a police car. He is handcuffed and led to the noose. Carrie watches from the fence. Akbari's wife places the noose around Brody's neck. A man gives the signal to the crane operator and Brody is lifted into the air. Carrie cries and begins to climb the fence to yell out to him. She is knocked down from the fence by a police officer. When she stands back up, Brody is dead.
Four months later, Saul relaxes in Greece with Mira. She asks about an article on the front page. Iran has decided to allow inspectors access to the country's nuclear sites in exchange for the lift of economic sanctions. She attributes this to Saul but he says he wasn't alone. He has tried to get in contact with Carrie but she hasn't returned his calls. He will soon be returning to Washington to attend a commemorative ceremony.
Carrie enters Lockhart's office and he explains why he couldn't keep Saul on the team. He asks what she thinks about her heading to Istanbul and she agrees as long as she can pick her team. Before leaving, Carrie tells Lockhart that she thinks Brody deserves a star. Lockhart doesn't want to though because of Brody's previous actions. She guarantees that his refusal won't be an ongoing problem between them. Outside, Carrie informs Peter that she's station chief in Istanbul. She wanted her baby because of Brody but it took her til the very end to realize that she can't be a mother. The reasons she will make a great station chief are the same reasons she won't make a good mother. Peter messed up his chance at being a parent and thinks it would be really sad if she messed her chance up.
Saul meets Dar at a restaurant. Dar thinks Saul is better in the private sector but it isn't for him. Dar believes that Saul misses the CIA and would come back in an instant but Saul denies the claim.
Frank and Maggie visit Carrie to talk about her baby. They bring her a bunch of gifts but Carrie has to let them down. She explains that she's moving to Istanbul and can't keep her baby. Maggie thinks that the baby will help to ground Carrie. She doesn't feel love for the baby and only feels scared. Frank offers to take the baby if Carrie doesn't want her. Maggie wants everyone to calm down and wait until the baby is born. Carrie admits she is scared and very sad.
At the commemorative ceremony, Lockhart reads out the names of those who died during the year. Saul wanders over to Carrie after the ceremony and asks how she is. He congratulates her on Istanbul and knows she deserves it. She isn't happy that Saul is no longer working with the CIA. Dar calls Carrie away to meet with Lockhart. Saul says goodbye to Carrie and she wishes him luck in New York.
Carrie heads to the wall where stars represent fallen agents. She takes out a marker and draws a star for Brody.
The Bottom Line: After a lackluster second season, the terrorism drama rebounds with a refocus on character. "Homeland" is back on track.
Turns out Carrie didn't lose her mind last season, but her show did. "Homeland" needed to take a deep breath, count its blessings, and figure out how many blessings were left. Sunday night indicates that plenty are. Strong start. (Here's hoping it stays that way.) Grade: A-
The first two episodes are, perhaps, the most riveting of the series to date, both when it comes to the tautly constructed plot and, more importantly, the constantly developing and consistently unpredictable characters. 3.5 out of 4 stars
Overall, the new Homeland looks to be back on track in marvelous ways.
The third-season premiere [of] Homeland delivers a strong episode that repairs much of the damage done last season to this excellent show.
77% on metacritic - http://www.metacritic.com/tv/homeland/season-3