“Homeland” is in for some major changes when Season 5 of the hit Showtime drama premieres in September. Following the announcement that the forthcoming installment would feature a major time jump, it is now being reported that with the time jump also come as change in relationships for the show’s stars.
Last month at PaleyFest, “Homeland” executive producer Alex Gansa confirmed that Season 5 of the series will not only take place overseas – despite previous speculation the program would be set in the U.S. – but that it will also jump ahead a shocking two and half years. So, what’s in store for Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and the rest of the “Homeland” crew next season?
According to Gansa, Carrie will no longer hold her high-profile role as a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer. “As we open the season, Saul [Mandy Patinkin] is back in the CIA and Carrie is out of it,” Gansa said, according to TV Line. Perhaps, Carrie’s career shift has something to do with her failure to capture Taliban terrorist Haissam Haqqani (Numan Acur) in Islamabad in Season 4?
And while Carrie may be parting ways with the CIA, don’t expect her to rush into a relationship with her former co-worker and almost-lover Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) anytime soon.
In the Season 4 finale, viewers will remember that Carrie and Quinn shared a passionate kiss after Quinn made a surprise return to the U.S. Quinn told Carrie he was willing to "get out" of the CIA and start a new life with her and her daughter Frannie, but she didn’t not except his offer. When she decided to reach out to him following his proposal – possibly in attempt to have him give her a second chance – she learned he had already fled to Syria and/or Iraq and rejoined the CIA.
According to TV Line, Gansa said his writers are at odds on how to handle Carrie and Quinn’s storyline moving forward, specifically, “how much of the connection between Carrie and Quinn is actually romantic [versus] operational.”
“How much is just that they recognize each other so well? How much is the desire for both of them to move on past this job that they do. Those are the questions that we’re wrestling with,” Gansa said. “We wrestled with them last season. We’re wrestling with them again.”
“Homeland” Season 5 will film in Germany. The show is rumored to begin shooting in May.