“Homeland” Planning An Eight Season Run?

With the sixth season of Showtime’s “Homeland” now in production, the franchise’s future looks quite healthy for now – especially considering the pay cabler renewed the thriller for two further seasons.

Speaking ahead of the Emmys tonight, executive producer and showrunner Alex Gansa tells Deadline that with the show guaranteed through an eighth season, the writing and producing team are essentially working with the idea that said eighth season would also be the show’s last. As a result they will go into it writing an ending to the series.

Gansa adds he’ll be ‘done’ after the eighth and only “if I’m still standing.” Gansa has previously said that his dream is to film one of the next two seasons in Israel, ideally the final one. Showtime itself is a long time away from making a decision on the show’s future beyond the eighth though.

The new season is set mainly in New York, with brief trips to Abu Dhabi and Israel (shot in Morocco), and is set entirely between a U.S. Presidential election and the same one’s inauguration.