The first teaser trailer for the final season of Showtime’s Homeland is released. CIA intelligence officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is back in action in the first promo for the long-awaited eighth season of the Emmy-winning espionage drama, which returns early next year for its first episodes since 2018.
In the new season, Mathison is recovering from months of brutal confinement in a Russian gulag when she’s called into action to help end the “forever war” in Afghanistan, where National Security Advisor Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) has been dispatched to engage the Taliban in peace negotiations. But Mathison’s memory is fractured and, as you’ll see in the above promo, her past actions and loyalty are called into question. According to Showtime’s official description, “Kabul teems with warlords and mercenaries, zealots and spies and Saul needs the relationships and expertise that only his protégé can provide. Against medical advice, Saul asks Carrie to walk with him into the lion’s den – one last time.”Along with Danes and Patinkin, the final season stars Beau Bridges (as the country’s newly elected President Warner), along with Maury Sterling, Linus Roache, and Costa Ronin. In addition, Nimrat Kaur and Numan Acar return from season 4 in series-regular roles.
Meanwhile, Showtime is confirming that Homeland season 8 will be the last.
The network’s CEO and president David Nevins told reporters the news on Monday at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills.
“Homeland has been a game-changing series for SHOWTIME, as provocative about the world we live in as it is prescient,” Nevins said. “This project, arriving right at the beginning of my Showtime tenure thanks to producers Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon, and brought to life by a remarkable cast led by Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin, is a richly written character study that is now ready for its natural conclusion. Viewers will be rewarded by the way Alex brings Homeland home.”
Showrunner Alex Gansa added: “Homeland has been the most joyful and rewarding experience of my career. Not many have been as lucky as me partnered with the miraculous Claire Danes, supported to the ends of the earth by Fox and Showtime, and working in the company of some of the most gifted writers, actors, and filmmakers in the business. I am sad to see the journey coming to an end, but it is time.” The final season will air in June 2019.
The news follows the Emmy-winning drama’s showrunner Alex Gansa and star Clarie Danes having said in recent months that the eighth season will likely be the last.