Even though Showtime’s Homeland is heading to Gotham, series showrunner Alex Gansa says the series will continue to grapple with some of its longstanding and ever-current themes: In the age of terrorism, how do we maintain both security and privacy?

Gansa, speaking on a panel at Deadline’s The Contenders event today, said that “Homeland will take place on American soil for the first time since Season 3”, confirming the action’s move to New York City. And though insisting he was sworn to secrecy about plot details, he affirmed that one of the series’ consistent driving forces: “How do you balance civil liberties with civil security?”

Gansa shared the panel with cast newcomer Mirando Otto and Homeland EP/writer Meredith Stiehm, who said how meaningful she found working on Homeland to be. Gansa, though, noted that the upcoming Season 6 storylines were perhaps all too reflective of real life. “Sometimes I wish we hadn’t been so relevant, I have to say,” Gansa told Deadline’s Dominic Patten, observing that the 5th season finale, which took place in a Berlin subway, was filmed only 2 ½ days after the terrorist attacks on Paris last November.