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Saturday 23 May 2015

Lewis absent from Homeland start

Claire Danes and Damian Lewis have been talking about the new series of Homeland
Claire Danes and Damian Lewis have been talking about the new series of Homeland

Damian Lewis will get less screen time in the third season of Homeland, the cast of the hit TV show have revealed.

In a panel at the Television Critics Association, stars Damian and Claire Danes joined creators Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon to explain why Nicholas Brody won't appear in the first two episodes, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Damian said of his character: "He's on the lam. He's disappeared into a network Carrie has effected, and he's the most-wanted criminal in the world, so he has to lay low. I do hope that when you do see Brody for the first time, it will be real, real interesting."

Claire explained things were looking as tough as ever for her CIA character Carrie Mathison.

She said: "It's pretty bleak in the beginning. She's gone off her meds for all sorts of reasons, which she believes strongly in. Carrie is always sitting on her own personal ticking bomb, and it's just an impossible dilemma. She's not great on the meds and she's even worse off them, but there's a really great sweet spot in the middle of those two spots that she's always trying to land on."

The show had come under criticism in season two but creator Alex brushed off questions about any concerns over series three.

He said: "I obviously wish the backlash never happened, but it didn't influence season two or season three. Our 11 Emmy nominations are a nice comeback."

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