This Fall, There Is No Place Like Homeland, as the Story Moves to Germany

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This fall, there is no place like Homeland as the plot moves to Germany. One of the most popular and gripping television series in the U.S. is about to make a smashing comeback with its Season five. Showtime has declared that production for the next season of its Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning espionage thriller series, Homeland, would start by June this year. The shooting would take place entirely in Germany, mostly at the Studio Babelsberg in Berlin, which makes it the first U.S. television series to shoot an entire season in the European nation. The series is based on the original Israeli series, Prisoners of War, by Gideon Raff and has been developed for American television by Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon.

Gansa had earlier hinted that the series would undergo some big and dramatic changes. This included the location change from the Middle-East, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan where the previous four seasons were based, to Germany and some other European locations. Apart from that, a major sneak peek about the story of Homeland season five was apparently provided unexpectedly, from none other than the Central Intelligence Agency. The U.S. government agency tweeted from its verified SNS account, “Good Riddance, Carrie Mathison.” This clearly means that the CIA is happy that the lead character in the series would not be shown as working for the agency any more.

The new season will start with a time leap of two years after the finale of season four. It will show the lead character of Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes, living a normal life. Danes shared that her idea about why the character of Mathison would be shown as quitting the CIA is because of her disenchantment and the feeling of isolation while in the agency. She shared that Mathison would find a new life outside the agency during the time leap as well as a new German lover who might be working for the German intelligence. She would also be shown making efforts to embrace her role as a mother. Thus, Homeland season five promises to start afresh with a clean slate and all the pieces would be rearranged once the series premiers. It further underlines that his fall, there is no place like Homeland as the plot moves to Germany.

As for the other characters in the series, the only details revealed at the moment is that Saul Barenson, played by Mandy Patinkin, will be back in the CIA, which was also hinted at the end of season four. As for Mathison’s former co-worker and almost-lover, Peter Quinn, played by Rupert Friend, no details are available at the moment. The last information about Quinn was in season four, that he was off to Syria and then to Iraq on a secret black ops mission. It was also mentioned that at the end of the mission Quinn would be required to manage his self extraction from the field of operation.

This could be a hint that Quinn might be shown as operating in Syria or Iraq in Season five with Mathison in Germany. It would be completely awesome for Homeland fans if the story revolves around the militancy and terrorism in Syria and Iraq with Germany as a major player in the European region. It will be worthwhile to remember that Germany has been a very powerful member of the European Union in recent times and has been affected by issues like self-radicalization, increasing number of refugees from Africa, and the tensions across Europe caused by the rise of Neo-Nazis.

It has also been revealed that season five of Homeland will have 12 episodes which would premier around the month of September this year. This update has assured fans that there will be no place like Homeland this fall, as the plot moves to Germany. David Nevins, the President of Showtime also informed reporters that Homeland will move from the Muslim world in its next season. He stressed that the entire series is about the U.S. foreign policies and the intelligence and espionage conducted by the U.S. in 21st century.

By Ankur Sinha

Vanity Fair