Who else can’t wait for ‘Homeland’ season 6? Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin gave us a little tease about what’s to come during the Television Critics Association Summer press tour on Aug. 11.
Homeland season 6 will premiere on Jan. 15, and has already been renewed for seasons seven and eight — but what’s going on for season six? Well, the return of Rupert Friend, 34, who plays Quinn. He was noticeably absent on the panel, but you don’t need to worry. Rupert will be back for season 6, but he won’t be the same.
“Quinn is alive — I can say that much,” showrunner Alex Gansa said during TCA in Beverly Hills. “But we want to be really careful about revealing what his condition is. He suffered a major stroke last season, so he is a very changed and altered Quinn this year.”
“He had a fairly rough ride last season, no doubt about it,” he added. “Quinn this coming season will really represent a very profound and familiar casualty of the war on terror for our audience.” Meanwhile, Carrie will be “in a very specific place.” Claire also added that Carrie hasn’t started being romantic with Quinn, because she was a little busy “trying to save the world.”
Season six is set to start filming next week in New York, which Claire is thrilled about since her family is there — a big reason the show moved there for this season. “I think NY is very fertile territory for our story,” she said. “As always, Homeland is charging toward the most compelling event in our culture which happens to be what’s happening in politics right now. It’s being reborn anew. I think people will be engaged.” Alex also added that after 9/11 happened in NYC, Homeland will show some of the affects that NYC is still going through.
The president in this season will be quite different, too. “She’s a little bit Hillary, a little bit Donald Trump, a little bit of Bernie Sanders,” Alex said, adding she’s a junior senator from NY.
Homeland season six picks up several months after the events of the season five finale. Carrie is back in America and living in Brookly — and her relationship with Saul is still in a way, in shambles. “They are so profoundly bounded, that’s not something they would ever be able to rid themselves of nor would they want to,” Claire said on the panel. “But she’s matured to a very different place than he has matured to.”
After reinventing itself yet again in season 5, Homeland was award two Emmy nominations. The show is up for Outstanding Drama Series and Claire is nominated for Lead Actress in a Drama. Will Claire take home the gold once again?
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