homeland season 4 saul carrie showtime 'Homeland' Season 4: Mandy Patinkin's Saul fate revealed

“Homeland” is due for a pretty big cast shakeup in Season 4. With Damian Lewis out for good and Morena Baccarin and Morgan Saylor only expected to have a short return, if at all, that doesn’t leave many major players left standing.

But for those of you worried about Saul’s future on the show, rest easy. It’s been confirmed in numerous interviews that Mandy Patinkin will remain front and center on the show in Season 4.

“Everybody should rest assured that Mandy Patinkin is coming back as a series regular,” showrunner Alex Gansa tells EW. “I can tell you that with 100 percent certainty. Although he’s not at a desk at Langley anymore, the CIA does outsource a lot of jobs to private contractors. He’s going to be in that circle, he’s still in the intelligence-gathering profession and the CIA could use somebody of his immense skills and knowledge for various intelligence work.”

Gansa tells EW and TVLine that he’s excited at the chance to see Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) finally in her element “doing what she was trained to do” as a case officer in Istanbul — if she does in fact get there. From the way he’s talking about Season 4, nothing will be decided for certain about its plot until the writer’s room gets back together to talk the new season.

That means it hasn’t been decided whether Carrie will keep her baby, what role Dana and Jess will play (if any) and whether Carrie will end up in Istanbul. If she does, though, fans should have a good idea of which of Carrie’s people she’ll bring with her.

“One of the ideas that we’re really toying around with next year is [to have] Carrie go and do what she was trained to do, and that is be a case officer in a foreign country,” Gansa tells TVLine. “And as she mentioned to Sen. Lockhart, she gets to choose her own people. So Quinn [Rupert Friend], Fara … Virgil and possibly Max may come along with her. We get to bring some of our familiar faces overseas.”

One familiar face that won’t be back is Brody, who likely won’t even appear in a flashback. Gansa says that because of the level of secrecy surrounding Brody’s involvement with the CIA in Season 3, Jess and Dana probably won’t ever know that he actually was a hero — regardless of whether they’d even care if they heard the news.

“Carrie might circle back and connect with one of them for this reason or that, the main reason being to inform them exactly why and how Brody died, which right now has to be kept as a very tightly held secret. The last thing the Revolutionary Guard or the Ayatollahs in Tehran would want to hear is that this was actually a CIA operation,” Gansa tells EW.

He adds to TVLine, “It came down to the fact that if you couldn’t tell the Brody family this piece of information, their responses would be no different than the responses that we’ve seen from them already. Dana would be fine. “OK, he’s dead; good riddance.” Which is pretty much what she told him in the hotel. We felt it would be a retread, and not as compelling as chronicling Carrie’s reaction to his death.”

“Homeland” is confirmed for a Season 4, which will premiere in 2014.

Posted by:Terri Schwartz