Despite the fact that Homeland‘s Peter Quinn was last seen crossing over to the proverbial light in the Season 5 finale, Rupert Friend is returning for Season 6 as a full-fledged series regular — but how? And to what surprising end?
Previously, showrunner Alex Gansa had teased, “How [Quinn] is gonna be dramatized this year is going to surprise people, and it may not be what you think.” Appearing on Thursday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, he elaborated — some.
“Quinn is alive — I can say that much. But we want to be really careful about revealing what his condition is,” Gansa told reporters. “He suffered a major stroke last season… so he is a very changed and altered Quinn this year.”
“He had a fairly rough ride last season, no doubt about it,” Gansa acknowledged. “Quinn this coming season will really represent a very profound and familiar casualty of the war on terror for our audience. What he endured last year is different from what he’s going through this year” — especially given his current circumstance with Carrie, the EP teased.
Premiering Sunday, Jan. 15 and starting production next week, Season 6 will be set in New York City and chronicle the precarious two-month period between Election Day and the swearing in of new POTUS Elizabeth Keane (House of Cards‘ Elizabeth Marvel). CSI: NY‘s Hill Harper recently joined the cast as Keane’s Chief of Staff, and The Flash‘s Patrick Sabongui is set to recur as a CUNY law professor who works with Carrie and is a fierce advocate for the Muslim American community.
Incoming President Keane, Gansa shared at TCA, is “a little bit Hillary [Clinton], a little bit Donald Trump and a little bit Bernie Sanders.”
Turning to the state of Carrie’s dynamic with sometime colleague Saul (played by Mandy Patinkin), “There has been a split that they’ve been working on repairing over the past couple of seasons,” Claire Danes noted. “Saul has committed himself even more fully to the Agency, and Carrie rejects core fundamentals of it. But they are so profoundly bonded, and that is nothing they will ever rid themselves of — nor will they ever want to.”
Regarding the acclaimed drama’s two-season renewal, Gansa declined to venture if Season 8 might be the end. Though he does know what the swan song would ideally look like, when it comes. “Pie in the sky, we would like to take the show back to Israel for that final season,” he said. “It would be great to end the run there, but it’s a big question, whether we could ever go back there.”
Danes meanwhile has her own idea for Carrie’s particular fate: “She becomes a master rollerblader!”