Homeland's Morena Baccarin and Morgan Saylor Will No Longer Be Series Regulars

Actress' will be downgraded for the fourth season

By Bruna Nessif Dec 14, 2013 3:16 AMTags
Morena Baccarin, Morgan Saylor, HomelandKent Smith/SHOWTIME

Fans will notice a change in next season's Homeland.

Morena Baccarin and Morgan Saylor will not return to the Emmy-winning Showtime drama as series regulars for its fourth season, TV Line reports.

The downgrade may not be too much of a shift for Baccarin's character, whose role noticeably decreased in the third season and was used more as fuel for Dana's (Saylor) storyline. Baccarin was in her third trimester for much of production and gave birth in October, before filming completed on season three.

However, it's a different story for Saylor's character, who became more prominent as the series continued. The absence of Damian Lewis' Nicholas Brody from all but two of the first eight episodes shifted focus of the Brody family to Dana.

"Because Brody was not onscreen and not part of the story in those first couple of episodes, we really wanted to tell the aftermath of the bombing in a more personal way," Homeland showrunner Alex Gansasaid of the decision to focus on Dana, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"The relationship between Dana and her father is very strong. It's stronger than his relationship with Jessica and certainly stronger than his relationship with [son] Chris [Jackson Pace]."

Homeland's third season finale airs Sunday on Showtime.