The fourth season of "Homeland" has a premiere date, and will make its debut on October 5.

The Emmy-winning Showtime drama will return with two all-new episodes set to run back-to-back, a splashy launch that network execs say will highlight the show's action-packed nature.

"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," explained Gary Levine, the executive vice president of original programming for Showtime Networks, in a statement.

Where we left off in season three -- and where we're headed in season four -- according to Coming Soon:

As last season drew to a close, Carrie Mathison (Emmy Award winner Claire Danes), pregnant with the late Brody's (Damian Lewis) baby, got promoted to a new post overseas, while Saul Berenson (Emmy and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin) contemplated his future outside of the CIA. Season four, 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.

Cast members also include Rupert Friend, Tracy Letts, Nazanin Boniadi, and Laila Robins.

Showtime will also launch new series "The Affair" following "Homeland" on October 12. "Homeland" returns for its fourth season on October 5.

[via: Coming Soon]

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