The eighth and final season of the American spy thriller television drama series Homeland premiered on February 9, 2020, and concluded on April 26, 2020, on Showtime, consisting of 12 episodes.
The eighth season was ordered back-to-back with season 7 in August 2016. In April 2018, Claire Danes confirmed that season 8 would be the last, and Showtime officially confirmed the final season in August. In April 2018, showrunner Alex Gansa stated his plans for the final season, \"Season 8 will be overseas somewhere. We get to play a story with larger national stakes in season 7 and we'll go back to a smaller intelligence-based season in 8.\" He also stated, \"We're going to start fresh in season 8 and probably do a fairly big time jump between 7 and 8 and put any Trump parallels behind us\" and \"We'll tell a very contained story, hopefully in Israel.\" In January 2019, it was confirmed that the final season will take place in Afghanistan, with filming beginning in February in Morocco.
The eighth season received highly positive reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the season has an approval rating of 85% based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 7.27/10. The site's critical consensus is, \"Homeland returns to form with a tautly thrilling final season that fittingly finishes the job Carrie Mathison started all those years ago.\" On Metacritic, the season has a score of 71 out of 100 based on 10 critics, indicating \"generally favorable reviews\".
Dancy will appear in the recurring guest role of John Zabel, a savvy Washington consultant who joins the White House as a new foreign-policy advisor to the President and a formidable opponent to Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin). The show is currently in production on its eighth and final season which will premiere later this year.
The story then jumped forward two years in time, finding Carrie and Gromov living together under the bright lights of Moscow. Carrie was sitting in the bedroom of a lavish apartment, in silky, sexy slip, with a cascade of styled blonde locks as she was getting glammed up for a celebratory night on the town. It was a little jarring to see Carrie this way after so many seasons of her as a lone wolf in ill-fitting, off the rack business suits.
Not much longer, it turns out. A bumpy second season was followed by an unfortunate third season featuring the end of the tragic love story between Carrie (Claire Danes) and Brody (Damian Lewis). Of course, there were newer shows, but more pointedly, there were so many more shows to care about. The awards and critical attention, as well as the tweets, mostly disappeared.
But then, Homeland pulled off an even more impressive plot twist: it just kept going, and just kept producing good episodes and seasons with a great central performance from Danes. The heightened espionage stories occasionally turned too outlandish, and the less said about Season 7's half-hearted attempt to capture the zeitgeist with a Russia storyline the better, but Homeland has effectively aged better than most shows that experience such an initial whirlwind of attention and criticism.
This is reflected in the first four episodes of Homeland's eighth and final season, which begins on Showtime next week. The familiar seasonal reset sees Carrie recovering from an extended stint being tortured (again) in a Russian gulag, only to be called into action one last time by her mentor and National Security Advisor Saul (Mandy Patinkin) to help finesse negotiations with Afghan and Taliban leaders to end the \"forever war\" in the region. In an intriguing follow-up to Season 4, the first post-Brody season, both Haqqani (Numan Acar), a Taliban leader, and Tasneem (Nimrat Kaur), a Pakistan operative, have returned as central and competing figures in the negotiations. Meanwhile, with an election year looming, recently installed President Warner (Beau Bridges) faces mounting pressure from his VP from the opposing party (Sam Tramell).
There is a familiar pace and confidence in the early episodes, as the show retraces its own storytelling tricks and characters return to places they've been before. It's typical for shows in their final seasons to take some kind of trip down memory lane, but revisiting characters and plotlines from Season 4 suggests an attempt to conclude the second, and post-Brody, era of Homeland. Beyond that reflection, the choice illustrates the cyclical, endless nature of CIA operations around the world.
But after all these years, Homeland still succeeds chiefly because of Danes. Unlike her obvious comparison in 24's Jack Bauer, Carrie appears, at all times, to be simultaneously traumatized and unaffected by the latest round of unspeakable torture. It doesn't come and go, even as Carrie navigates a job to which she's not ready to return. She just keeps moving forward, convinced that her next decision, no matter how compromised, will be a good one because there's no tangible alternative. Even in a more subdued season, Carrie is an electric presence.
Both Danes and Patinkin carry the weight of their respective characters to each scene, particularly when they're together. The duo has always made a powerful contrast, with Danes charting Carrie's electric instability through eye twitches and mouth gulps and Patinkin lingering in pondering silence for uncomfortable lengths of time. The characters don't spend much time together early in the season, as Carrie timidly reconnects with Russian operative Yevgeny (Costa Ronin) in the field, but the performers and the show make those moments count.
The slow burn of Season 8 is not without its big moments, especially in the last episode made available for review. A final season still has its limitations -- Carrie and Saul can't really be put into serious danger too early -- so the show is forced to try to surprise with other characters. One cliffhanger is ridiculous in a vacuum until you recall that most of this show's absolute apex episodes involved even more audacious plot pivots with less disposable characters.
If there's one significant downside to the show's extended run, it's probably that lack of newer characters to invest in. Shifting locations and plotlines each season has taken a moderate toll. Quinn (Rupert Friend) was a valuable third wheel and love interest in the immediate post-Brody years, but he's been gone for more than a season. Now-former President Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) was a compelling presence and she's been replaced by the affable and fine Bridges. Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) doesn't make an appearance. The show has invested a lot of time in surveillance expert Max (Maury Sterling), but he starts the season detached from his key allies.
Homeland season eight was confirmed as the last outing for the award-winning political thriller. The series first debuted in 2011 and followed CIA agent Carrie Mathison (played by Claire Danes), who suffered from bipolar but despite her mental health, she tried to tackle terrorism and keep her country safe.
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GANSA: I just felt that their performances this season left nothing behind. I mean, these two actors were fully committed to every scene that they played, to the point of exhaustion. Seriously, you have never seen two people more prepared, more brave, willing to go there, in some very difficult circumstances.
I mean, we knew at the end of Season 5, that we were going to end this thing at the end of Season 8. So, we really had three long seasons to figure out where we were going and where we were going to wind up, but that is not to say that any of those well-laid plans were where we wound up going.
The entire last season, and certainly, the last episode, was geared for those people that have been with the show. The ones there over all the years, through its ups and downs, and have become invested in these characters, as much as the people that play them, and the people that write them, and create them.
The conversations that take place, over every script, are exhaustive. I mean, we are on the phone for hours with each other, talking through scenes, on every script, and especially the important ones. You know, so, that did not stop, that process did not change or alter in any way for the final season. However, we all knew in the back of our brains, where we were headed, which was towards the end, and Mandy and Claire had very strong opinions. They inhabit these characters, as they have to sell these characters to an audience, and in many ways, they know these people better than anybody.
DEADLINE: So, over all those eight seasons, all those consultations with top-level people in D.C., all those threads you tied together towards today, what was the Homeland story you just never got to tell
The eight and final season will premiere in June 2019, and run for 12 episodes. That will bring the series' final episode count just short of 100, impressive for a premium cable prestige drama. Homeland is also unique in its willingness to reboot its premise almost every season. What began as a a thoughtful portrayal on America's ongoing conflicts in the Middle East has turned into a show about everything from international private investigations to government conspiracy.
Recuperating from her barbaric confinement in a Russian gulag, CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is enticed back to work in Afghanistan despite medical advice. Homeland Season 8 on Showtime is the final season of the popular series about the brilliant and bipolar CIA operative Mathison, who risks everything in the service of her nation.
There are 12 episodes in Homeland season eight. The runtime of episodes averages between 46-67 mins. You can check the complete list of Homeland episodes and their release date below. 59ce067264