Homeland recently was renewed by Showtime through Season 8 with a pickup of two more seasons beyond the upcoming sixth. And the Emmy-winning series’ executive producer/showrunner Alex Gansa is plotting that as the drama’s final chapter. Gansa told Deadline at Showtime’s pre-Emmy party on Saturday that his team would be writing an ending to the series in Season 8. He was quick to point out that it ultimately will be Showtime’s decision when to wrap the series, but indicated that he would be “done” after Season 8, “if I’m still standing.” Gansa (pictured with Homeland star Claire Danes and exec producer/director Lesli Linka Glatter) talked of the toll it takes working on a dense series like Homeland that has to reinvent itself almost every season, an experience that has been very rewarding but also extremely stressful and taxing.

Showtime is a long ways off from making a decision on Homeland‘s future beyond Season 8 but it is expected to do it in full coordination with Gansa.

So far, Homeland has filmed a season in South Africa and a season in Germany. Gansa said that his dream is to film one of the next two seasons in Israel, ideally the likely final Season 8. That would allow the series to come full circle as it originated as an adaptation of the Israeli drama Prisoners of War.