Homeland will end with Season 8, Showtime’s CEO has confirmed.
The spy thriller, which follows the efforts of CIA agents Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) to protect the USA from threats foreign and domestic, has long been one of Showtime’s bigger hits – created by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, the series has won eight Emmys over its run, including Best Drama in 2012 and two Best Actress prizes for Danes. It has also amassed a sizeable following in the UK, thanks to its broadcasts on Channel 4 and later release on Netflix UK. After a dip in form several seasons in, the show has rebounded to its peak quality in recent years, capitalising on the shifting political landscape to produce pertinent storylines for the veteran characters.
“Provocative, paranoid… with an unabashedly topical twist,” is how we described Season 7 in our review.
Before Season 6 had even aired, the show had already been renewed for a seventh and eighth run. Now, though, Showtime CEO David Nevins has announced that Season 8 will be its last.
Nevins assured the press at Showtime’s TCA press tour panel that it was “not a cancellation”. Indeed, the decision to end the show follows calls from Danes earlier this year that Homeland would end with its eighth season.
“Alex Gansa will be bringing his show to its proper conclusion,” commented Nevins. “I can’t say how much it has meant to the acceleration of our brand and for me personally: It was the first series I greenlit.”
“Alex and Claire talked about this (with us) last season,” he added. “Alex brought it in and Claire has been the mainstay. But the two of them finally made the decision.”
There is no word yet on what the eighth season will entail, or even an exact air date, but Homeland’s official Twitter account has teased that it will air in June 2019.