You're going to have to wait until next year to see Homeland's eighth and final season. During the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Friday, Showtime revealed that the Claire Danes-led drama returns for its 12-episode final season on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at 9/8c. Mark your calendars accordingly.
The spy thriller follows Carrie Mathison (Danes), a CIA operative with bipolar disorder. In seven seasons, the drama has expanded beyond its tight initial premise — which found Carrie investigating Nicholas Brody (Damien Lewis), a Marine and former prisoner of war — as Carrie has moved on to different missions.
The eighth and final season finds her recovering from brutal torture in a Russian labor camp with a fractured memory just as National Security Advisor Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) needs her help to end the war in Afghanistan. Against doctor's orders, the pair will embark on one last mission and enter territory teeming with warlords, mercenaries, zealots, and spies. The series has enlisted Beau Bridges to play the newly sworn-in President Warner.
When asked about why there has been a two-year gap between Seasons 7 and 8, Showtime President of Entertainment Gary Levine cited the expansive nature of the final season.
"Homeland is an ambitious series, especially in its final season. Alex [Gansa] wants to go out proudly, and he's going to. And that has involved production in multiple countries — and multiple countries at times in places that have some issues. [That] just takes time."
"There's been no missteps here," he continued. "It's been a relatively smooth process, but a very ambitious production schedule that has taken more time than we hoped it would. One of the things we do at Showtime is we would rather have it [be] good than fast. And that's what's going to happen when Homeland premieres in February."
Showtime also revealed season premiere dates for Shameless, Kidding, and Ray Donovan. Shameless returns Sunday, Nov. 3 at 9/8c, followed by Kiddingat 10/9c. Ray Donovan returns for Season 7 on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8/7c.
Homeland's eighth and final season premieres Sunday, Feb. 9 at 9/8c on Showtime.
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