Mandy Patinkin Talks 'Homeland' Changes in New Promo

When Homeland wrapped its third season, many viewers were perhaps more concerned about the fate of Mandy Patinkin's Saul Berenson than the departure of Damian Lewis.

Lewis' exit from the Showtime drama was something that was a long time coming — while Patinkin's alter ego being forced out of the FBI raised eyebrows about his long-term prospects on the show. Of course, the Emmy nominee didn't go anywhere. So while he again returns to the show for its fourth season, it will be under slightly different circumstances.

"I don't know if retirement is a word that fits with Saul Berenson," Patinkin says of his character's move into the private sector during the latest promo. "It's clearly politics, and this is the minefield we are playing in."

Following a string of trailers for the two-hour Oct. 5 return, this latest clip offers one (perhaps significant) revelation: Carrie (Claire Danes) is screening Saul's calls. (That's right. Apparently she's too busy working angles in Pakistan to touch base with her ousted mentor.)

"I think he's homesick for the relevancy," Danes says.

It seems unlikely that the duo will be drifting apart for too long — especially considering what else Patinkin has to say about their dynamic. "Now Carrie's the boss," adds Patinkin. "In Saul's mind, Carrie was the boss from the minute that he met her."