Having recently seen his hit political thriller series Homeland renewed for two more seasons beyond its upcoming sixth outing, showrunner Alex Gansa says he is planning the eighth as the final run.
Gansa will be “done” after season eight, he told Deadline, “if I’m still standing.”
While conceding that the decision to end the show would ultimately be in the hands of network Showtime, Gansa spoke of the personal toll of reinventing the show each season, which has seen a more standalone approach to storylines after season four.
In terms of where the show will go narratively in those final two seasons, Gansa is keen to film one of them (ideally the potential last one) in Israel. This would tie the show back into its origins, as it started as an adaptation of the Israeli drama Hatufim (known in English as Prisoners of War).
Homeland season six is scheduled to begin airing on 15th January 2017 on Showtime in the USA, and shortly thereafter in the UK. It has Claire Danes’ former CIA intelligence officer Carrie Mathison back in the United States living in Brooklyn, after season five saw her working for a philanthropic organisation in Berlin, and is set to be topical, featuring a presidential election.