With Showtime’s “Homeland” achieving a creative renewal with last year’s fourth season, the upcoming fifth season is opting out of the fourth’s Pakistan locale and is taking the action to Germany where Claire Danes’ Carrie Mathison is estranged from the CIA and working for a private security firm.
Speaking at the TCA’s, Showtime president David Nevis revealed that the show is set to go in a different direction this year – one ripped from the headlines – and why they chose Berlin as a setting:
“The first episode’s going to deal with Russia – what’s Putin up to? What’s going on with this tricky relationship there. It deals with ISIS. Charlie Hebdo. (Edward) Snowden, cyber terrorism, surveillance. These are interesting elements to the season, which brings a lot of things together.
[Berlin] is a crossroads between the old eastern block and the western block, a crossroads between Western Europe and the Muslim world. It’s also a place with the strictest privacy laws in the world.”
Filming on the new season is currently underway and Nevins says he sees a lot of life left in the show: “The show proved last year its ability to have a new fresh story each season. It is doing it again this year.”