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Darren Franich
December 06, 2013 AT 10:40 PM EST

In a tragic turn of events for fans of serious facial hair, Homeland star Mandy Patinkin has shaved the perfect salt-and-pepper beard that turned his character Saul Berenson into a beacon of sanity and eerily sexy wisdom. Patinkin appeared on LIVE with Kelly and Michael to show off his cleanshaven mug. “I felt like I was taking off a Mickey Mouse mask,” said Patinkin, clearly not realizing that his beard was the only thing saving Homeland and indeed all of reality from spinning off into darkness and chaos.

There is hope for our sad world, friends: Patinkin promises that the beard will come back. Maybe he means that his beard is more than just a beard now: That it’s a symbol for some greater good, that it will always come back, so long as there are people who believe in it. Like his beard is Shane or Batman or Lincoln or something. Or more likely, he’ll just regrow it for season 4 of Homeland. Watch Patinkin on LIVE below:

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