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Everything Important That Happened Last Season On "Homeland"

What do you need to know about Carrie, Brody, Saul, and the rest of the CIA players on Showtime's gonzo thriller before Season 3 premieres on Sunday, Sept. 29? Obviously, SPOILERS if you're not caught up!

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At the beginning of Season 2, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) was out of the CIA (thanks to the whole major-bipolar-episode-leading-to-seriously-erratic-behavior thing), and her old boss Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) was stationed in Beirut.


…but he was also still an al-Qaeda mole, with a new contact — Roya Hammad (Zuleikha Robinson), a respected TV journalist who we learned almost nothing about for the rest of the season.

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Robinson had an equally thankless role on Lost. She is cornering the market on thankless roles of mysterious women whose main function is to forward the plot!

Also, Brody's wife Jessica (Morena Baccarin) finally learned her husband is a Muslim, thanks to an outburst from their daughter Dana (Morgan Saylor) at school.

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Speaking of Dana, she had a terrible, terrible subplot about getting into a hit-and-run with the vice president's son, and we will speak of it no more.


And if there was any doubt that Brody was still a threat, while transporting the tailor of his suicide vest to a safe house, he fucked it up so royally that he ended up killing the man, in the woods, in the rain, while on the phone with his wife.

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Did I mention that Vice President Walden (Jamey Sheridan) was considering Brody as a possible vice presidential candidate?

Saul and David Estes (David Harewood) agreed to surveil Brody for the time being, bringing Carrie on the team. But Estes insisted that an "analyst" named Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) should run the op.

Some fans spent the rest of the reason secretly shipping Quinn and Carrie, or Quinn and Saul. Basically, wishing Quinn was shirtless more often. These fans are just human. Don't judge them.


Other shows would have spent the rest of the season hunting Brody. Instead, after one encounter with Brody in a hotel bar, Carrie blew the mission, and brought Brody in. Holy crap!

Other shows would have spent at least a few episodes breaking Brody down. Instead, in the best episode of the season, Carrie quietly dismantled all of Brody's defenses, and turned him into a double agent.

This was in the fifth episode of the season, y'all.


Meanwhile, Saul met with Quinn's real boss, a hard bitten CIA spook named Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham), who revealed Quinn is really a black ops assassin.

Despite Abu Nazir threatening his family, Brody stayed loyal to the U.S., and helped the CIA to bag Roya Hammad and thwart Nazir's plan to set off a bomb at an event where 300 soldiers were to be reunited with their families.


So Carrie and Brody celebrated finally being able to be together, while Quinn decided not to kill Brody!

Everyone was happy! (Not really. Like, at all. But for Homeland, it's happy adjacent!)


And Brody is suspect No. 1.

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His car was the one that blew up in front of CIA HQ, even though that is not where Brody parked it. But Brody's suicide video was finally released to the public, making it seem like this was his plan all along.

The Season 3 premiere of Homeland airs on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.