‘Homeland’ to jump forward in time for Season Five

Showrunner Alex Gansa also reveals a 'tiny teaser' involving Claire Danes' Carrie

Homeland is to jump forward in time for its upcoming fifth season, showrunner Alex Gansa has revealed.

During a Q&A session at Hollywood TV festival PaleyFest on Friday night (March 6), Gansa told fans that the show would start Season Five two and a half years ahead of where it left off at the end of Season Four, Variety reports. Gansa also let slip that when Season Five begins, Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison “will no longer be an intelligence officer”. The showrunner called this a “tiny teaser” but declined to elaborate further.

Asked whether the ever topical Homeland will address the rise of Islamist terror group ISIS during Season Five, Gansa admitted that he has to decide whether this would be appropriate subject matter for the show.

Homeland is known for reflecting and even predicting the stories and situations that will make international headlines,” he said. “Homeland also makes an effort to humanise the antagonists in its stories, explaining the political dynamic from the perspective of those who see the US as an occupying force in the Middle East. That might be a bridge too far when it comes to ISIS.”

“Do we give them a platform?” Gansa added. “I don’t know. It’s an interesting question…We’re one of the few shows that gets to really comment on current events. We take that responsibility very seriously.”

Season Five of Homeland will begin filming in Germany later this year and is set to premiere on US network Showtime in September.