The actress told Access Hollywood that the opening episodes will see Carrie Mathison in even more eye-popping form than usual.

“[It's a] really strong season,” Danes said. “I'm a little on the crazy sauce in the beginning of the season.”

The 34-year-old added that’s the mood of the new season will be quite sombre. “It's kind of sad this season,” she says, “it's a little mournful.”

Danes previously revealed that Homeland season three will focus largely on Carrie's "complex" relationship with former confidant Saul (played by Mandy Patinkin).

Homeland returns to Showtime on September 29th, with the third season premiering on RTÉ Two just days later on October 1st.