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1st look at 'Homeland' Season 3

Showtime gave fans a first look at Season 3 of its hit "Homeland" with a trailer that shows more strife ahead for CIA officer Carrie Mathison and now fugitive Nicholas Brody.

After last season's attack on the CIA memorial service, the CIA itself is the focus of a Congressional investigation, which means Carrie (Claire Danes) and her boss, Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), are put under a microscope. In the meantime, Marine-turned-terrorist Brody (Damian Lewis) is on the lam, an international fugitive who in the clip appears to have survived a shooting and beatdown.

The most intriguing bit from the clip for me is a closeup of a notebook showing, among many other scrawls, the words "frame Brody while destroying the CIA." Does it belong to Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend), the CIA black ops agent who took over the Brody case last season? It looks like he's on a new black-ops mission in the trailer, or maybe he's just hunting Brody. But that conflicts with last season's events: He was assigned to kill Brody last season, but refused to do so and threatened CIA honcho David Estes (David Harewood) that if Brody died, he would kill Estes.

Who is scribbling plots in that notebook if not Quinn?

What do you think of the trailer? The new season begins at 8 p.m. CT Sept. 29. More from Showtime's press release below:

"Homeland" tells the story of Carrie Mathison (Danes), a CIA officer battling her own demons, who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of U.S. soldier, then Congressman, now fugitive, Nicholas Brody (Lewis) was a setup and may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil.

Season 3 opens during the aftermath of the horrific terror attack that decimated the U.S. intelligence apparatus, and prompted a global manhunt for the world's most wanted terrorist, Nick Brody. As Carrie and Saul (Patinkin) begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives, they are swept up in the political and media firestorm surrounding the terror attack and the subsequent search for Brody's whereabouts. Developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and based on the original Israeli series "Prisoners of War" by Gideon Raff, the series also stars Morena Baccarin, Sarita Choudhoury, F. Murray Abraham, Tracy Letts, Jackson Pace and Morgan Saylor.

"Homeland" has been honored with a number of major awards for the series and its stars across a variety of categories in its first two seasons including Emmy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Drama, as well as a prestigious Peabody Award. Tied as the network's No. 1 rated series, HOMELAND had a record-breaking sophomore season with unprecedented growth, watched by 6.2 million weekly viewers across platforms, up 43 percent versus its freshman season. Along with Gansa and Gordon, the executive producers for season three are Gideon Raff, Chip Johannessen, Alexander Cary, Henry Bromell, Avi Nir and Ran Telem. The series is produced by FOX 21.


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