Homeland showrunner Alex Gansa recently discussed his thoughts on the upcoming fourth season of the Showtime series, which is being dubbed the "post-Brody era."
With Brody (Damian Lewis) being hanged to death in the Season 3 finale, Carrie is still coping with the loss of her lover in the new season.
Brody "haunts and will haunt this season," Gansa said in a new Zap2It report, thought his name will not be explicitly mentioned because it's "not a name or anything [Carrie] particularly has to reference directly. It's just a part of who this character is now."
Carrie will be dealing with the loss of Brody by essentially avoiding it altogether. She will be stationed in the Middle East as the Station Chief in Islamabad and Kabul where she is being dubbed "the drone queen," which is the title of the Season 4 premiere.
Carrie's new job as a "drone queen" will occupy her time and "that's how she's coping," Gansa revealed. "That's how she's dealing with her grief, that's how she's coping with the abandonment of her child back in Washington with her sister. She's just occupying her brain from the minute she gets up to the minute she goes to sleep with her work, and she is a little off as a result."
While there is not much that Gansa and company can do about viewers who say that they won't watch Homeland now that Brody is gone, he said that they will continue to tell the best story they can.
"Our job is to tell the best story we can in the time frame, and it's the audience's decision about whether they want to join that story or care about that story anymore," he concluded.
Homeland Season 4 begins with a two-hour premiere event Sunday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.