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Is 'Homeland' over? Season finale ends in shocker (Spoilers)

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The "Homeland" season finale left fans stunned as their main character, Nicholas Brody, was killed. Fans couldn't help but wonder if the show will end now that Brody is gone and Saul Berenson is out of the CIA. The short answer to that question is "no." On Dec. 13, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that season four of "Homeland" is already being planned -- which means the show will go on... without Brody and without a few other cast regulars.

"Morena Baccarin (Jessica) and Morgan Saylor (Dana) will not return to the Emmy-winning drama as series regulars for the its fourth season," The Hollywood Reporter confirmed ahead of the finale.

The "Homeland" season finale certainly wrapped up a lot of loose ends and while it would make plenty of sense for the series to end, it doesn't sound like that's the plan. While most fans expected Saul (Mandy Patinkin) to lose his job, many hoped that wouldn't happen... but it did. And it sort of took the focus off of Brody (Damian Lewis) -- who was hanged while a pregnant Carrie Mathison looked on in tears.

It's hard to imagine the show without Brody -- he was easily a favorite -- but it's just as hard to imagine such a successful show just ending without warning of any kind.

"Homeland" season four might not air until the fall of 2014 but it is coming back... and while there will be a lot of changes, the show will likely still produce excellent ratings. Saul isn't out of the running and with Carrie taking on a new job (in Istanbul) and deciding whether or not to keep her baby, there will be a lot of curious minds tuning in.

The big question is: Will "Homeland" survive without Nicholas Brody... or better yet, will the CIA survive without Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin)?

What did you think of the "Homeland" season three finale?

© Effie Orfanides 2013

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