‘Homeland’ Season 5 Spoilers: Is Mandy Patinkin’s Saul Berenson Back As CIA Director?

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Homeland‘s fourth season wrapped with the trajectory of a number of characters (most notably Carrie Mathison) somewhat in flux.

The one glimmer of hope, however, was that, following some manoeuvring by Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham), Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) would finally land the coveted position of Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, following his stint as Acting Director in the show’s third season.

But did Saul manage to navigate the political waters and secure the nomination from the President? Not if the Season five behind-the-scenes trailer that Showtime just released is anything to go by. As actor Mandy Patinkin reveals in said trailer, “Saul has been passed over for the head of the agency. Carrie [Clare Danes] might not have been helpful in that process”.

The three-minute clip also reveals that the new season, which was previously announced to be set in Berlin some two-years after the events of season four, will have a focus on cyber-security and a group that believes that information should be open-source, rather than being controlled by any one entity or government.

Homeland’s fifth season sees Carrie, struggling to reconcile her guilt and disillusionment with years of working on the front lines in the “war on terror,” in a self-imposed exile in Berlin, estranged from the CIA and working for a private security firm. Returning cast members include Clare Danes, Mandy Patinkin, F. Murray Abraham and Rupert Friend. Meanwhile Sebastian Koch, Miranda Otto, Alexander Fehling and Sarah Sokolovic have joined the series as regulars.

Check out the BTS clip/trailer below: