Homeland – Season 3 – Alex Gansa Interview
Question: To me, this season it seems like the show’s storytelling engine and emotional engine have to be different than they were in the past. That seems like a big mountain to climb. How did you approach that?
Alex Gansa: Well, it’s funny, because I’m getting this sense it’s going to be a mountain every season. You know, it was a mountain in Season 2, as well. We were unsure about what the landscape of this series would be. It’s been our technique to get ourselves to a storytelling point where the writers have no idea what’s going to happen next, and we let our characters get themselves out of the corner that we painted them into. That is especially true at the end of Season 2.
We’ve sent Brody away. We’ve perpetrated the next 9/11 on the country [in the form of the CIA car bomb]. And we have killed a significant number of, for lack of a better word, our narrative engines that have taken us through two seasons. So it was a tall order. [The writers] started early as a result. We usually start the first of February, [but] in mid-January, we started talking about all this, and I think we came up with something kind of interesting.
Read the full interview @ The Huffington Post