By Peter Lesser ( | First Posted: May 13, 2013 12:47 PM EDT

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The hit series "Homeland" won't return until September, but the doesn't mean that Carrie (Claire Danes), Brody (Damien Lewis) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) are taking the summer off. There's still plenty of work to be done for the counterterrorism team. Production on season 3 has already begun, and details are already pouring in.

Previous rumors have indicated that episode two will introduce a Persian woman who will play a central, reoccurring role in the third season, but now E! News reveals that her name is Fara, a keen woman whose professionalism and intelligence is uncharacteristic of her young age. She will make her first appearance in episode 2, titled "Tower of David," and will quickly claim her place as one of the show's focal characters.

But Fara won't be the only new character introduced in season 3. According to Carter Matt, several troubled young adults will also make their grand debuts. One in particular has the potential to become the new suave Don of "Homeland." There are also rumors of a time jump between season 2 and season 3, giving Dana Brody (Morgan Saylor) some time to mature.

Season 3 will also feature a more prominent Saul as two characters close to him are going to have a far greater place in the series moving forward.

F. Murray Abraham and Sarita Choudhury with both become series regulars in the upcoming season. Abraham's character, Dar Adal, is a former black ops specialist who could potentially bring Saul back to the front lines. Choudhury is Saul's distant wife, and her prominence in season 3 can shed some light on the inner workings of the emotionless Saul.

The season 3 premiere is a long ways away, but now that production has begun in North Carolina, plenty of new information will make its way from the set, providing fans with details of what to expect.

"Homeland" is set to return Sunday, September 30 on Showtime.

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