“Homeland” S6 To Scale Back Terrorism

The sixth season of Showtime’s “Homeland” is changing things up. The most recent two overseas-set seasons have scored excellent notices but may have hit a little too close to home in terms of its terrorism tales which have proven surprisingly on point recently.

With the shift to the United States for the new episodes, showrunner Alex Gansa confirms to EW that the show is changing things up and will be a different tone this year:

“Last season, world events tragically caught up to the story we were telling. We knew we were going to New York and back to the United States and didn’t want to dramatize any threats to the United States – and to New York specifically – that don’t actually exist.

That was our first karmic principle this year. We’re not going to posit that there are vast ISIS or Al Qaeda cells or networks in the United States like there are in Europe, because according to all our intelligence officers, there aren’t any.”

Instead, the series is looking at smaller scale homegrown terrorism with more of a psychological look at it rather than a ticking bomb or attack countdown style story. The stakes, very deliberately, aren’t as high:

The threat we’re facing right now are these do-it-yourself self-radicalized individuals – and that’s a very different risk than another plot like 9/11. So we made a very conscious choice to not tell a ‘New York threatened by suitcase nuclear bomb’ story. We just weren’t going to do that. The thriller exists in a much more psychological way this year, and we’re curious to see how people respond to it.”

The sixth season of “Homeland” is set entirely in the weeks between a Presidential election day and the inauguration. The new episodes premiere January 15th 2017.