Homeland: Episode one

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Last night episode one of the new season of Homeland aired, a show which has so many fans in house, we could not wait to see how the season would start! Laura Deacon, Blue Door editor, throws in her two cents about what happened next after the explosive (literally) end to season two.

I really didn’t know what to expect from the third series of Homeland. For me, the second series was full of annoying coincidences and plot loopholes (though the ending was astounding!)

The first episode for me really was about establishing Saul and Carrie for the rest of the series though I was a little annoyed by how much airtime Dana seemed to receive (cue new boyfriend, bedroom overhaul and the same old annoyances!)

Throughout the episode Saul seemed unsure of his director status – to strike or not to strike? As he said, “we’re spies, we don’t kill if we don’t have to.” There were two key turning points for Saul: making the decision to kill all six enemies on the CIA hitlist and admitting the truth about Carrie to the investigative board. The shocking part was the out and out lie that he knew nothing of Carrie’s relationship with Brody but then, Saul is doing whatever he can to protect the CIA. From the outset, Carrie was manic: off the lithium and self-medicating with running and meditation, she has seemingly returned to the mania that we experienced when we saw the Abu Nazir wall as well as a trait that I usually associate with women in Scandi dramas – picking up random men and taking them home. My prediction is that she will go it alone in a bid to uphold Brody’s innocence and find the men responsible for the CIA bombing. I’m looking forward to next week already!

Homeland: Carrie’s Run, a prequel novel, is out now and already getting some fantastic five star reviews on Amazon! If you’re a fan of the show, make sure you pick up a copy now.

Homeland season 3: What do you think is going to happen?

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Homeland: Carrie's Run

 

After watching the Homeland season 3 trailer, and reading Carrie’s Run (which gives you an insight into her life before series 1), we cannot wait for the next series to start! The last episode ended on such a cliff hanger (there might be spoilers below if you haven’t seen it yet) so a few of us decided to put our heads together an speculate on what might happen next season…

‘I think the next season of HOMELAND will be the most unpredictable one yet. After the ending to the last series (ONE SMALL SPOILER-ALERT) and Brody now in hiding, I think we’ll be spending a lot more time with Carrie as she does what she’s best at: snooping and generally upsetting everyone before they realize that she is both correct and awesome. I also think we’ll be looking much more closely at Saul, as Carrie’s mentor and possibly as a double (or even triple) agent. Surely Saul Berenson isn’t a traitor – is he? IS HE? Either way, I will stand by Saul because he’s my hero. God bless him, and God bless Homeland.’ Emad

‘I’ve always been a huge fan of Saul but I wonder if we are going to see a darker side of his character in this third series – will he want Carrie to still be in the picture given her association with Brody and the *spoiler klaxon to non-Homelanders* bomb that concluded the second series and wiped out half of the cast? Only one thing is certain to my mind: Carrie will have yet another breakdown whilst she waits for Brody’s return and Dana will be as annoying as ever! I can’t wait!’ Laura

‘The end of the last episode was such a shock, I can’t wait until everything kicks off again. When Carrie miraculously turned up after Saul had already started to mourn her, I’m sure he’ll put two and two together and figure out that her story doesn’t quite add up, and that she is protecting Brody. He’s been so lenient towards her throughout both series – how many times can she go off the deep end only to be accepted back into the fold? I think she might have taken things too far this time…’ Katie

‘Even though it drives me crazy with its implausibility, I’m tingling with anticipation for Season 3 of Homeland. Following the end of Season 2, it looks as if Saul is now top dog at the CIA – how long before he has to compromise his moral code? Carrie and Brody will obviously find a way to meet – it would be a massive waste of their chemistry otherwise. There will be lots of shouting, a bit of shooting and probably some shagging. Dana will do some pouting. Carrie will do her brilliant crying face. Brody will look broodingly enigmatic. None of it will make that much sense, but we’ll keep watching anyway. I CANNOT WAIT!’ Sarah

If you can’t wait for the new series either, make sure you pick up Carrie’s Run. A fantastic page-turning thriller where you’ll find out exactly what happened to Carrie before season 1..

Acquisition announcement: Homeland: Carrie’s Run

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Homeland: Carrie's Run

How it all began… we are hugely excited to announce that this summer we will publish an original prequel novel of the hottest show around – HOMELAND. Winner of the Emmy and Golden Globe awards for best drama.

Filled with the suspense and plot twists that have made Homeland a must-watch series, this riveting tale reveals the compelling untold stories behind the biggest hit on television and takes fans deeper into the life and mind of a brilliant female spy…

Beirut, 2006. CIA operations officer Carrie Mathison barely escapes an ambush while attempting a clandestine meeting with a new contact code-named Nightingale. Suspicious that security has been compromised, she challenges the station chief in a heated confrontation that gets her booted back to Langley.

Expert in recognizing and anticipating behavioral patterns – a skill enhanced by the bipolar disorder she keeps secret to protect her career – Carrie is increasingly certain that a terrorist plot has been set in motion. Carrie risks a shocking act of insubordination that helps her uncover secret evidence connecting Nightingale with Abu Nazir, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq. Determined to stop the terrorist mastermind, she embarks on an obsessive quest that will nearly destroy her.

Andrew Kaplan was approached to write the prequel. Andrew is the international bestselling author of the Scorpion thriller series. A former journalist and war correspondent, he covered events around the world and served in both the U.S. Army and the Israeli Army, including providing military intelligence analysis for the Israel Defense Force. The CIA has tried on several occasions to recruit him and he has consulted with think tanks that advise governments. His film writing career includes the James Bond classic, Goldeneye.

Homeland: Carrie’s Run will be released on 12 September 2013 and you can pre-order here