Homeland: Season 3 (2013)

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Season 3
Homeland

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As the stakes get higher, Homeland remains a roller coaster ride of tension, and Claire Danes is riveting in one of the best written thrillers on television.

80%

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Critic Ratings: 40

82%

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User Ratings: 839
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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 29, 2013
2
Air date: Oct 6, 2013
3
Air date: Oct 13, 2013
4
Air date: Oct 20, 2013
5
Air date: Oct 27, 2013
6
Air date: Nov 3, 2013
7
Air date: Nov 10, 2013
8
Air date: Nov 17, 2013
9
Air date: Nov 24, 2013
10
Air date: Dec 1, 2013
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Following the deadly Langley bombing that is blamed on disgraced congressman Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and having helped him escape the U.S., Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is desperate to solve the case and clear Brody's name as the third series of the conspiracy thriller begins. But Carrie's efforts are threatened when she becomes the focus of a hostile Senate investigation led by Sen. Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) who believes the CIA is covering up the truth about the attack. Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), now CIA chief, also feels the heat of the probe and it begins to undermine his efforts to revive the Agency. Trouble also brews in the Brody household when Dana (Morgan Saylor) starts exhibiting destructive behavior and runs away from home. As for Brody, who has a $10 million bounty on his head, he begins to recuperate from a gunshot wound in Venezuela where he is held captive by armed gunmen in a ramshackle Caracas building called the Tower of David. With no passport, no money and no chance of escape, Brody slowly begins to realise that he may have to live out the rest of his days in this slum dwelling where Carrie has arranged for him to at least be safe.

Cast

Claire Danes
as Carrie Mathison
Damian Lewis
as Nicholas Brody
Mandy Patinkin
as Saul Berenson
Morena Baccarin
as Jessica Brody
David Harewood
as David Estes
Diego Klattenhoff
as Capt. Mike Faber
Morgan Saylor
as Dana Brody
Jackson Pace
as Chris Brody
Tracy Letts
as Sen. Andrew Lockhart
Rupert Friend
as Peter Quinn
Clark Johnson
as Detective Johnson
William Sadler
as Mike Higgins
Vincent Irizarry
as Captain Lonza
Martin Donovan
as Leland Bennett
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Critic Reviews for Homeland Season 3

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (18)

It will be good when we get Carrie and Brody back in the lineup. Till then, the game is going just fine.

Sep 27, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

I hope the rest of the season lives up to the promise of these episodes, but watching Homeland has made me paranoid.

Sep 26, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Strong start. (Here's hoping it stays that way.)

Sep 26, 2013 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The very best TV is almost never about the destination. It's about appreciating the perilous journey taken to get there. And that's something worth remembering as Homeland's writers once again attempt to tiptoe across a crater they themselves created.

Oct 14, 2013 | Full Review…

At the moment it's hard to care.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

It seems that one needs to enter this third season of Showtime's Homeland fully aware that the series has long since deviated from its (relatively) realistic approach in Season 1.

Oct 1, 2013 | Rating: 8.6/10 | Full Review…

The first episode of season three lags in some areas, but it manages to cram a whole lot of story, duplicity, and action (mostly offscreen) into a single hour of television, which is good enough for me.

Sep 30, 2013 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

The return of Homeland that reminded me of the deeper ways in which these fictional series are raising issues and asking questions about Washington that even journalism isn't.

Sep 30, 2013 | Full Review…

Events are conspiring against 'Homeland'.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's hard to say yet whether it's back on track. But this opener is certainly intriguing. It builds not just in pace but in intensity and excitement too. Hell, I'm in.

Oct 7, 2013 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Homeland: Season 3

  • Sep 05, 2015
    Intelligent, thrilling, and daring, the third season of Homeland defies television convention and does not disappoint. New story-lines are introduced, old ones are handled with care, and chances are taken. I felt the writing for this season matured over the second season, which had some weak elements. This season felt focused, atmospheric, and relentlessly entertaining. It's a show that always has a keen eye on the future, and refuses to sacrifice its nuanced take on the spy genre to create a viewing experience seldom rivaled.
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  • Feb 05, 2019
    It is somewhat disappointing that each season seems to decline a bit from the magic that was season 1 - but the show is still excellent in most respects. Fantastic performances by Damien Lewis, Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin. Tracy Letts & Rupert Friend are great additions to the cast.
  • Jun 06, 2017
    Following the deadly Langley bombing that is blamed on disgraced congressman Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) and having helped him escape the US, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is desperate to solve the case and clear Brody’s name as the third season of the conspiracy thriller begins. But Carrie’s efforts are threatened when she becomes the focus of a hostile Senate investigation led by Senator Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) who believes the CIA is covering up the truth about the attack. Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), now CIA chief, also feels the heat of the probe and it begins to undermine his efforts to revive the Agency. Trouble also brews in the Brody household when Dana (Morgan Saylor) starts exhibiting destructive behaviour and runs away from home. As for Brody, who has a $10 million bounty on his head, he begins to recuperate from a gunshot wound in Venezuela where he is held captive by armed gunmen in a ramshackle Caracas building called the Tower of David. With no passport, no money and no chance of escape, Brody slowly begins to realise that he may have to live out the rest of his days in this slum dwelling where Carrie has arranged for him to at least be safe. (Rotten Tomatoes) Danes and Lewis once again give compelling performances in their respective roles as the fall out from the Langley bombing becomes the focus of attention in season three. As Carrie is admitted to a mental institution, her emotions and thoughts swill and spill as she is forced to take medication, forced to stay there, and forced to watch Saul denounce her in front of the Senate. Meanwhile, Brody is suffering problems of his own, he has a gun shot wound which he has with him as he is taken to the Tower of David in Caracas, Venezuela. However, he soon realises his problems are just beginning as he is held captive there, drugged up to his eyeballs, with no chance of escape. That is how the opening episodes set up the third season of Homeland, and as the season progresses, both characters play pivotal roles (naturally) in situations of natural security which have shocking consequences for them personally, and for the rest of the world. Season Three of Homeland is full of conspiracies, close calls and thrilling, nail-biting moments which leave you thinking for a long time after each episode has finished. A new wave of characters are introduced seamlessly to fill the void of some characters that ‘left’ us in season two. And the final episode certainly set up season four which will be in a totally different direction to this season. https://rwh92.wordpress.com/
  • Mar 13, 2017
    Still going strong and exciting.
  • Feb 25, 2017
    It is almost unfair to write reviews on seasons of "Homeland" after a first season that may be the single greatest season for a T.V show ever conceived. Even the second season, while not quite as airtight, was still a treatise on political drama. This third season, however, just lacked that "eye of the tiger" that often times is the only thing separating "good" from "great". For a basic plot summary (and yes, some spoilers will be included here), Season Three begins with Carrie Matheson (Claire Danes) an absolute wreck after the CIA bombing at Langley. With Brody (Damien Lewis) a wanted man, only Carrie can clear her name. Of course, Saul Berensen (Mandy Patinkin) still makes all the big decisions...but for how long? And, when an opportunity comes along to change the entire landscape of US/Middle East politics, is anything sacred in the pursuit of such a goal? (Another warning: the major spoilers will come in the next few paragraphs. If you haven't watched this season than I strongly suggest waiting to read this review until you have, as it is more "review" than "preview"). I realize that the producers of "Homeland" have always insisted that "the show is not about Brody", but the trouble is that they are wrong. For most intents/purposes, this show only is fantastic when, indeed, it DOES have Brody at the center of things. For example, the first season is so spectacular because (as a viewer) you just don't know what to make of Brody. The same theme goes for season two, though changed to "what will Brody do now?". In this third season, viewers don't even see Brody until the third episode, and then don't hear from him again until episode 9! That is too long for this show to stay "on top" without one of its shining stars. Granted, of course, that is not to say that other characters on this show are not superbly written. Saul and Carrie are also great, and even Quinn (Rupert Friend) can be very interesting at times. I know this next comment might completely turn my review off to some people, but I very much enjoyed the plotlines this season involving Dana Brody (Morgan Saylor). Again, though, that is because I feel the show NEEDS a healthy dose of "Brody" in order to be special (instead of just "good"). Thus, this season of "Homeland" was, to me, just average. It is still better than most fare on the tube these days (and, to be more specific, I can't recall a single political show post-24 to even come close to Homeland's stature in that category), but it wasn't nearly up to the quality of the previous two efforts. Of course, now that the "big event" at the end of the season has transpired, it almost feels (at least to a certain extent) that the show has wrapped. Are there still loose ends to be tied up? For sure. But, going forward, Homeland will never quite be the same. It will keep the same name and (hopefully) continue to produce taut political/human drama, but a significant turning point has been reached. It will never be the "good old days" of Season One again, when every single episode was a tour de force. I sincerely hope that the show creators can surprise me (and it's not like I'm "bailing out" yet), but I've seen too many shows go down this path and never recover.
  • Nov 25, 2016
    Great. Just Great......(feels)
  • May 12, 2016
    A mini series going into a third year is a huge challenge. Stretching a story in a way that would keep people watching for three years is a huge challenge. After season 2 I had my doubts about how good will season 3 will be, but I still decided to watch. And I was not disappointed. This season brings a long story to an amazing climax, but the strongest feature in the plot, is that every story is resolved as fast as the viewer would enjoy it. Any season has more than one climax, and this season presents the best climaxes of all. The stars that make this season so good, Danes Lewis and Patinkin and Friend. I wish Friend would have had a bigger role, since I grew to like his character very much, but given the story I can accept his role becoming increasingly smaller. This season is less controversial. The bad guys can be noticed and identified, as well as the good ones. The villains are clearer, the heroes are more heroic, and justice is more direct. The plot feels even more realistic than the previous two. Its strength is in the absence of anti climactic moment. A fast-forward type of story about intelligence is perhaps the only way to go, so the viewers don't lose interest. While the first two seasons felt like spy shows, the third season feels more like an army movie. The series never stops to amaze and draw the viewer, and that is why I keep watching. If season two was driven by the inertia of season one, season three has definitely made the series superbly interesting, while using a whole new story. I enjoyed it plenty, and I can say without a doubt this season was the first to earn the distinguished honour of an A+.
  • Mar 08, 2016
    Claire Danes is once again magnificent in this season as the stakes continue to grow. The tragic ending will stay with me forever but sometimes the best way for a series to evolve is to press the reset button.
  • Dec 11, 2015
    Not bad, but the drop in quality is noticeable.
  • Jul 22, 2015
    Time has passed again as Carrie is now testifying in a Senate investigation about the events before the bombing of the CIA Agency that killed 122 people Carrie finds herself being the focus of the topic. As the Senate pushes for truth about the bombing and the way the CIA conducts it's intelligence, Carrie finds herself in the crosshairs, while also trying to save Brody & clear his name. Brody finds himself in South America being held by gunman who keep him hostage. He tries to leave and is locked in a room. Saul is now the CIA Chief & tries to hunt down the actual terrorist responsible for the bombing and create a key asset who is an Iranian Official. A newspaper article reveals that one of the CIA agents had a relationship with Brody and is mentally unstable. Saul tells the Senate Committee that the operative who was dating Brody was bipolar and lied to the agency, causing Carrie to make a bad decision that lands her in a mental hospital. The entire season is twists & turns as Carrie tries to reconnect with Brody. Brody looks for redemption. Season 3's finale is sad & one of the best episodes of the entire series.

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