Homeland is homebound. After setting Season 4 in Pakistan and Season 5 in Germany, the upcoming sixth season will be shot in and around New York, Showtime’s David Nevins said at TCA. “It will be set domestically, primarily in the New York area,” he said.
Added Gary Levine, “We are in awe of how (showrunner) Alex Gansa and his writing staff reinvent Homeland each year. And I think it’s exciting to see what they’re going to do in bringing it back to the United States and reinvent it yet again.”
Homeland is coming off a very strong season, getting kudos for a storyline that closely resembled the real-life events in Europe, including the rise of ISIS and a terror attack hitting a European capital. Nevins noted that the plot for Season 5 had already been mapped out when the topic of terror in Europe started to make headlines. He credited the writers’ extensive research heading into every season for the striking timeliness. “They literally do their own intelligence gathering and then they craft the seasonal story,” he quipped.
SPOILER ALERT: Nevins declined to comment whether Peter Quinn, whose life was hanging in the balance in the final seconds of the Season 5 finale, is dead.
Levine offered some hope that the fan favorite character may be back. “Quinn is severely damaged. There is no question about that,” Levine said. “So the life‑or‑death question remains, but it will not be ‑‑ if he should live, it will not be in any way, shape, or form the way he has lived to date.”
As for end date, Nevins said he’s only had vague conversations with Gansa. “He attacks his seasons one by one, so I don’t have definite answers. Needless to say it’s within their control.” Added Levine, “It’s not imminent.”