Decatur teen Morgan Saylor, who plays Dana Brody, gets even more prominent airtime during the first two episodes of season three of "Homeland" than she did the first two seasons. And I expect she'll be front and center for quite a bit of season three.
Part of that may be because her dad, the turncoat U.S. Marine/Congressman, is now M.I.A.
Saylor's surly, morose teen character has been through the wringer the first two seasons. She spent season one wondering how her dad, Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), a U.S. Marine who returned after years of captivity with the al-Qaeda, was adjusting to life back on U.S. turf and pushing back her own doubts about his loyalty to America after she discovered he had become Muslim. She inadvertently saved his life when she called just as he was about to kill the vice president in a suicide bomb attack season one.
Season two, she befriended the vice president's son and was witness to him accidentally killing someone with his car and then fleeing the scene. She eventually confessed. A wedge between her and her father grew until he was fingered in the season two finale for bombing the CIA itself, killing 219 people. Then poof! He was gone.
SPOILER ALERTS!!!!: I screened the first two episodes. Here's a teaser on what's to come. Read no more if you want to be surprised:
Dana does not handle her dad's disappearance and traitorous acts well and lands in a mental institution. There, she meets a dude she likes, too, a man who helps her get out of her funk. (Her younger brother is always reacting to her, never with his own story line.)
Brody is nowhere to be seen the first two episodes and he could effectively be anywhere since CIA Carrie Matheson (Claire Danes) got him into Canada to disappear.
Saul has taken over the CIA by default and Congress is out for blood, questioning a now-off-her-meds Carrie about her role in Brody's disappearance.
Personally, while I found season one riveting while season two became less plausible and more like a frantic "24," much to its detriment. As some reviewers note, the producers try to dial it back a bit season three but Matheson's bi-polar condition is wearing a bit thin.)