While the fourth season of Showtime's Homeland will continue to focus on the brilliant but troubled Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), there will still be time devoted to Saul's (Mandy Patinkin) struggles.
Saul is working as a private security contractor in the fourth season of Homeland after being removed from his post as Acting Director of the CIA. Now working in the private sector, Saul will miss all of the fast-paced action of being in the CIA.
"Saul is a man who has been at the center of the action, a man whose opinion has always been solicited, somebody whose daily life is filled with purpose and adrenaline," executive producer Alex Gansa tells TVGuide.com in a new interview. "Now he finds himself on the periphery in the private sector and it's not a place that energizes him or charges him or makes him feel worthwhile. He really misses the action. Ultimately that kind of a character can get themselves into trouble wanting to get back in the game. But I think it's going to be difficult for him to resist."
He will also be feeling the pressure from his wife Mira (Sarita Choudhury) to settle down in New York, though he will try to resist. As expected, Saul will likely be drawn into Carrie's world in the Middle East, where she is Station Chief in Islamabad, Pakistan and Kabul, Afghanistan.
As Gansa also notes, the fourth season will be "fundamentally different" from the previous three seasons, given the new location and new jobs each of the characters are undertaking. It may be a big adjustment for fans now that Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) is out of the picture.
Homeland Season 4 is slated to begin Sunday, Oct. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. The network will be airing the first two episodes of the season, concluding at 11 p.m.