Homeland has had a whopper of a Season 5, particularly in light of the fact that it so chillingly mirrored the events of the world in November. The Wall Street Journal reports that the day after the November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, Alex Gansa, the writer and producer of Homeland, flew to Europe to film the show’s Season 5 finale. That finale entailed a terrorist chemical weapon attack on the Berlin subway system.
Gansa said it was a very difficult flight for him knowing what just happened. He and his editorial team also questioned what they were doing.
“What are we doing? Are we sensationalizing? Are we editorializing? Are we putting the right message out to the world? Are we helping? Look, we’re an entertainment show on television. I get that. But we do occupy a strange place right now as one of the few ongoing serialized dramas that are commenting on these things happening in the world. We’ve been doing some soul searching.”
— ChiTribEnt (@ChiTribEnt) December 19, 2015
Homeland is a show writers have tried to ground in reality. Because filming usually takes place a few weeks in advance of airing, it can sometimes be difficult to incorporate last-minute news developments. However, Homeland writers did have actress Miranda Otto, who plays Alison Carr, record a line that was inserted into the show that aired after the Paris attacks.
“[No] one wants another Paris.”
The New Yorker reports that Homeland does help justify the war on terror. In one earlier episode in Season 5, Peter Quinn (played by Rupert Friend) gives a briefing to the CIA that says it all.
“They’re gathering right now in Raqqa by the tens of thousands, hiding in the civilian population, cleaning their weapons, and they know exactly why they’re there… They call it the end times. What do you think the beheadings are about? The crucifixions… the revival of slavery? Do you think they make this sh*t up? It’s all in the book. Their f***ing book. The only book they ever read — they read it all the time. They never stop. They’re there for one reason and one reason only: to die for the caliphate and usher in a world without infidels. That’s their strategy, and it’s been that way since the seventh century.”
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As for other developments in Season 5 of Homeland, the finale has aired, and it was intense. TV Line reports that Quinn died from his exposure to the Sarin gas, although confirmation was never truly given.
— Jay Gatsby (@ESPN_Gerry) October 29, 2015
Carrie was with Quinn in his final moments, and she had been given a letter he wrote to her the year before when he thought he might not survive his covert Syrian mission.
“Carrie. I guess I’m done. And we never happened. I’m not one for words, but they’re coming now. I don’t believe in fate, or destiny, or horoscopes, but I can’t say I’m surprised things turned out this way.”
See the finale promo of Homeland here.
It’s hard to imagine how the writers would be able to keep Quinn alive after the injuries he sustained and still have some semblance of credit with their fans. Of course, the writers will hear about it if Quinn dies, too, so it’s unlikely they will get a break either way. Just check out the responses on Twitter.
@SHO_Homeland Wow, what a season! I have 1 request. Please don't let Quinn die! I think there is hope for he & Carrie. See u next year.
— Angela Clausell (@AngelleStar8) December 22, 2015
— Jules. ♡ (@_carp3diem) December 21, 2015
— AbsoluteQuinn (@AbsoluteLunati6) December 21, 2015
It will be a long wait for Homeland to return. Bustle reports that the show has been renewed but will likely not be back until late September or early October of 2016. With the new direction of the show, it will most likely be an agonizing wait for fans.
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