While 'Homeland' season 3 admittedly earned back a bit of good will in the most recent episodes, the show's critical acclaim has never recovered since the outset of the second season. That may look to change, as original writer Meredith Stiehm has accepted a deal to return to the writer's room, leaving behind FX's 'The Bridge' as it heads into a second season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stiehm will return as a writer in the fourth season of the Showtime counter-terrorism drama, ascending to the role of executive producer should Showtime move forward with a fifth season (c'mon, it's Showtime). Meanwhile, Elwood Reid of FX's 'The Bridge' will run the series on his own, apparently having had creative differences with Stiehm over season 2.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Meredith back, as she’s been an integral part of Homeland from the beginning," said Fox 21 president Bert Salke. "She’s a fantastic writer and this deal returns her to this hugely valuable asset as well as allows us to develop with her down the road.”

Stiehm (who in real life has a bipolar sister) penned both season 1 episode "The Weekend," and season 2 finale "The Choice," among some of the better-received episodes of the series. Stiehm's influence will be felt as soon as the upcoming season 3 finale, on which she has a co-writing credit.

Well, what say you? Could 'Homeland' have a chance to improve now that once of its key voices has returned? Will 'The Bridge' suffer as a result? Preview the latest homeland below, and give us your thoughts in the comments!

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