‘Homeland’ showrunner says that the show will be “done” after its eighth season

The Claire Danes-starring series will kick off its sixth season in January

The showrunner of Homeland, Alex Gansa, has said that he will be “done” once the series finishes its eighth season in 2019.

The long-running espionage series, which stars Claire Danes as CIA agent Carrie Mathison, will begin its sixth season in January, five and a half years after it debuted on the US network Showtime after being successfully adapted from the Gideon Raff-created Israeli series Prisoners of War.

Homeland was renewed for both a seventh and an eighth season back in August, but, as Deadline reports, Gansa is looking at that eighth season as being the ending point for the show.

Speaking to the publication at Showtime’s pre-Emmy party on Saturday – Homeland failed to win any of the awards it was nominated for at the ceremony the following night – Gansa was quick to point out that ultimately it was the network’s decision whether or not to end the show, but he went on record as saying that he would be “done” after Homeland‘s eighth season – “if I’m still standing.”

Homeland will be set in New York City during its next season, and will be based around the outcome of a fictional Presidential election. It is set to air in the US on January 15 2017.