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Homeland: Rupert Friend Isn't The Only Actor Returning for Season 6

Quinn's alive!

Liz Raftery

Quinn-Carrie 'shippers can breathe a sigh of relief: Rupert Friend is returning to Homeland as a series regular in Season 6.

With Quinn's fate left up in the air at the end of last season, Friend and showrunner Alex Gansa confirmed at a panel on Wednesday (via a report from Entertainment Weekly) that the character will be back -- although he may not be the same Quinn we know and love.

"I hope he enjoys eating through a tube," Friend quipped.

Added Gansa: "How Peter Quinn's character is gonna be dramatized this year is going to surprise people, and it may not be what you think." (Ghost Quinn? Please no. Carrie's had enough zombie boyfriends.)

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The love letter Quinn sent Carrie at the end of Season 5 will be addressed, Gansa promises. "Quinn really put his life in her hands at the end of last season and we will see what decision she made, but that's going to have repercussions moving forward for her and for that idea of Quinn as well," he says.

And Quinn won't be the only character who's returning somewhat unexpectedly. More characters from Carrie's past will be back, and may or may not include Brody's wife Jessica (Gotham's Morena Baccarin) and -- shudder -- daughter Dana (Morgan Saylor).

"There will definitely be some cameos from characters from past seasons. Whether they are the Brody family I'm not going to say, but we are back in the United States," Gansa teases. "It's going to be Carrie's first time back in the country for a long period of time in years and she's going to have old acquaintances to reconnect with and establish a new life for herself, so we're going to see some familiar faces."

Homeland is expected to return to Showtime in the fall.

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