SPOILER ALERT – The following article contains spoilers about the sixth season of Homeland, which some readers may wish to avoid.
Homeland, which has earned something of a reputation for being timely in mirroring real-life events every season, is setting their sights on the business of the presidency, or more specifically presidential transition, for its upcoming twelve episode sixth season.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly during Homeland’s FYC Emmy panel, showrunner Alex Gansa revealed that the new season, which is being set and shot on location in New York City, would take place during a presidential transition – the nearly three months between a candidate winning the presidency and being sworn in on January 20th the following year.
“There is this strange period in America where there are 72 days when it’s not exactly clear who’s in charge, and there is a new president that needs to be educated on what it means to be president”, Gansa told Entertainment Weekly. “That is a very complex transfer of power filled with all kinds of anxiety and different competing interests — it’s a dangerous time in our democracy.”
This is the first solid piece of information that has leaked out about Homeland’s sixth season, after Showtime President David Nevins revealed in January that the new season would be set in the United States, and more specifically New York, after the past two seasons unfolded in Pakistan and Berlin, respectively. Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and F. Murray Abraham are all on board to reprise their roles as Carrie Mathison, Saul Berenson and Dar Adal, respectively.
There had been a question mark over whether or not Rupert Friend would return for the new season, after his character Peter Quinn fell victim to a chemical weapons attack and his fate was left largely unanswered in the season five finale. Fans can rest easy, however, as Gansa has now revealed that Quinn will be back for season six. “How Peter Quinn’s character is gonna be dramatized this year is going to surprise people, and it may not be what you think”, he said.