‘Homeland’ Season 5 Will Tackle ISIS And Putin

Homeland fans, buckle up, because Season 5 of the hit Showtime series is going to get murkier this October.

[Spoiler alert: Homeland Season 4 cliffhanger ending revealed below.]

Homeland makers, aka Showtime’s producers, have remained tight-lipped when discussing plot points and other details about Season 5, but according to the Independent, Showtime’s president, David Nevins, dropped some vague hints about what the fans can expect from Homeland Season 5.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association, Nevins said Homeland Season 5 will see some fresh storylines injected into its political-thriller landscape.

“The first episode’s going to deal with Russia, being right next to Russia – what’s Putin up to? What’s going on with this tricky relationship there?

It deals with [ISIS]. I feel like this story is a very fresh story. It’s themes, I think, will resonate with people. Charlie Hebdo. Edward Snowden. It’s interesting elements to this season that brings a lot of things together.”

Wow. We don’t think Nevins left out anything there. Surely Carrie and Saul will have their work cut out next season. The new announcement also contradicts earlier stances taken by Homeland‘s producers not to include ISIS in its storyline, with Time reporting that executive producer Alex Gansa previously suggested that the Middle Eastern extremist group was “too evil” to be dramatized on cable television. However, Nevins confirmed that it was no longer the case.

“It’s going to touch [ISIS]… It’s going to touch all those things. It’s a show that reflects the world that we live in. We’ll see. I feel very confident with what they’re doing.”

According to Design & Trend, Homeland Season 5 will take place three years after the cliffhanger events of 2014. Estranged from the CIA, Carrie Mathison has found solace in Berlin, Germany. Alex Gansa believes the settings are just ripe for the show now to move toward its next center, not only because Germany is closer to Russia, but also because Berlin has acted as a recruitment centre for Islamic State in the recent past.

Even more interestingly, Carrie will have a new love interest in Season 5, completely independent of last year’s Peter Quinn. For the first time perhaps, Homeland fans will be treated to a Carrie who will also don a semi-domestic role at some point during the next season. We cannot wait to see how that shapes up. In the meantime, you can check out this teaser trailer of Homeland Season 5.

Homeland Season 5 premieres October 4 on Showtime.

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