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'Homeland's' about-face shows how twists can be a smart risk

'Homeland's' about-face shows how twists can be a smart risk

"Homeland" show runner Alex Gansa remembers looking over at Claire Danes while shooting the fourth episode of Season 3, the one containing the big reveal that then CIA chief Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) and embattled agent Carrie (Danes) had not, in fact, been at odds when he publicly blamed and shamed her for the Langley bombing but had been working together all along on a covert operation. In that moment, Gansa and Danes shared the same crazy grin, believing they were shooting a landmark episode in the celebrated series. Critics and viewers didn't fully agree, calling "Homeland's" third season, on the whole, patience-trying. For the first time in its...

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