SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of the Season 4 finale of Homeland.
UPDATED: Showtime is taking a page from the broadcast networks’ playbook, launching the upcoming fourth season of drama Homeland with two back-to-back-episodes for a two-hour premiere on Oct. 5. Homeland was supposed to run by itself for two weeks, until joined by Showtime’s newest drama series, The Affair, originally slated to follow Homeland beginning Oct. 19. Its pdebut is now being moved up a week, to Oct. 12. “In the aftermath of Homeland’s stunning finale last season, there is such strong anticipation for the start of season four that we wanted to give Homeland fans an extra generous helping of Carrie and company. Once we decided to premiere Homeland with a double episode, it made sense to use the momentum of that event to launch our newest series, The Affair, the very next week on October 12th,” Showtime EVP Original Programming Gary Levine said about the scheduling move. Season 3 of Homeland ended with Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), pregnant with the late Brody’s (Damian Lewis) baby, getting promoted to a new post overseas, while Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) contemplated his future outside of the CIA. Season 4, filmed entirely on location in South Africa, will find Carrie assigned to one of the most volatile and dangerous CIA stations in the Middle East, where she is back on the front lines in the war on terror.