Why Will ‘Homeland’s’ eighth Season Be Its Last on Showtime?

by Jeremy Spirogis
Why Will ‘Homeland’s’ 8th Season Be Its Last on Showtime?

When a sequence has essential acclaim, a loyal fanbase, and plotlines that replicate present occasions, it’d appear to be the present can go on endlessly. But that gained’t be the case with Homeland, a sequence with greater than its share of acclaim and robust scores since its 2011 premiere on Showtime.

After an extended break following its seventh season (early 2018), the present’s eighth and closing installment kicked off on Super Bowl Sunday 2020. So as soon as Episode 12 airs within the spring, you gained’t have Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) to kick round anymore.

So how does a present like Homeland lastly finish after 10 years on TV? As you might need guessed, it wasn’t canceled. According to Showtime executives and showrunner Alex Gansa, the present ran to the pure finish of its line.

Showtime execs and ‘Homeland’ producers referred to as it a ‘natural conclusion’

Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in HOMELAND, “Chalk One Up” | Warrick Page/SHOWTIME.

When a present doesn’t tie a bow on its important characters’ story arcs, you may be positive producers weren’t anticipating it to get canceled. That lately occurred with one other Showtime sequence, Ray Donovan. (Star Liev Schreiber has vowed to convey it again so he can end it the proper manner.)

With Homeland, producers didn’t appear caught unexpectedly within the slightest. The highest-rated present in Showtime’s historical past doubtless may have stored getting massive manufacturing budgets from the community for just a few extra seasons. But Gansa and co-developer David Gordon had already seen the sequence’ finish.

After calling Homeland “the most joyful and rewarding experience” of his profession, Gansa spoke about how he sees that wrap-up. “I am sad to see the journey coming to an end, but it is time,” he mentioned in August ’18. Showtime President and CEO David Nevins additionally famous that it was the present’s time.

“This project, [which arrived] right at the beginning of my Showtime tenure … is now ready for its natural conclusion,” Nevins mentioned when he introduced Homeland would finish. All alongside, experiences have indicated it was a mutual determination, although Gansa had introduced he wouldn’t proceed.

Alex Gansa noticed Season Eight as the top as early as 2016

Claire Danes in Season Eight of ‘Homeland’ | Warrick Page/SHOWTIME.

In 2016, Gansa and his workforce had been engaged on Season Six when Showtime introduced it had picked up the sequence by way of Season Eight. Shortly afterward, Gansa informed Deadline he would write the ending for that installment. And he famous that he’d bow out even when Showtime needed to proceed.

According to experiences, Nevins’ felt as enthusiastic concerning the present as its multi-year pickup would recommend. And the Showtime boss hinted that the present would possibly go previous eight seasons. (Apparently, Showtime couldn’t assume extra extremely of it.)

But Showtime couldn’t conceivably do it with out Gansa (and his companion Gordon). Once the showrunner mentioned he was completed, Homeland’s countdown formally started. Homeland’s followers could also be disillusioned the sequence will depart after this season, however ending the present this manner beats the options.

Not figuring out when to give up has all the time been a tough proposition for cable’s prime dramas. (Big Little Lies, for instance, in all probability may have skipped its second season.) But in Homeland’s case we’d argue Gansa and Showtime obtained it precisely proper.

Also see: ‘Homeland’ Season 8 Episode 2 Recap: Carrie Deals as Saul Walks the Tightrope

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