Shows have off seasons. It happens. What worries me about "Homeland" is that it seems to have made structural and thematic choices that limit where it can go next and how effectively it can get there. For three seasons, Brody and Carrie kept finding their way out of impossible situations. I wonder if "Homeland" can do the same.
The third episode of "Homeland" ... got a much-needed boost with the return of Brody (Damian Lewis), and -- thank god -- the total absence of Dana. In many respects, this was an episode about captivity -- the captivity of Brody and Carrie, certainly, but also the viewers' release from the captivity of the quietly suffocating tedium of the previous episode.