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Homeland set for seventh and eighth seasons

Homeland: Season 3

Story by Jack Foley

HOMELAND looks set to be renewed for a seventh and eighth season as work gets underway on its sixth.

According to Showtime CEO David Nevins, final talks are ongoing between themselves and Fox 21 Television Studios to keep the hot button spy drama going.

However, fans will have to wait to see the upcoming sixth season until 2017 – as the show isn’t expected to be ready until January. Production on the new season is only due to begin this summer.

Announcing the news, Nevins also said that the eighth season wouldn’t necessarily be the final one.

“Just because I’m not thinking that far ahead doesn’t mean Alex Gansa and his team aren’t. It’s changing itself pretty dramatically each season. I think more than most, this show has an open-ended expiration date. That said, I’ve been focused on getting this deal done and not really asking what happens beyond this deal.”

Although plot details remain sketchy about the sixth season, the story will unfold New York after several years of globe-hopping. The show’s most recent seasons unfolded in Pakistan and Berlin.

And contrary to what seemed to play out at the end of season five, show favourite Rupert Friend will return in some capacity – albeit significantly altered as a character given his dance with death.

The delay in starting production is being attributed to Gansa’s wish to take his time with the story, so that he can properly interview his sources within the government and not rush into any hot button issues. There is speculation that the show would unfold amid the US Presidential elections – but that has yet to be confirmed.

Gansa is aware, however, that the show is currently riding on a critical high off the back of its fourth and fifth seasons, which marked a reversal of fortune following the lukewarm response to seasons two and three.

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