Season 5 of Homeland heads to Germany

Season 5 of Homeland heads to Germany

The fifth season of the espionage thriller starring Claire Danes will be set in Berlin

Executive producer Alex Gansa has confirmed that the fifth season of Homeland will be the first American series to be filmed entirely in Germany. Jumping two years forward in time after the mess that saw Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and her team withdraw from Islamabad, Pakistan, Mathison will no longer be with the CIA but will now be working for a private security firm.

Justly praised for her portrayal of bipolar agent Mathison, Danes has won two Golden Globes and two Emmys for her work on Homeland, and will continue to be central to the show's continued success.

Yet another new direction for Homeland after (spoiler alert) the death of Nicholas Brody (Damien Lewis) in season three, it managed to reposition itself with Danes as the lead character in season four, with Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) stepping to the fore. It revitalised a show that felt like it was treading water trapped by the complex relationship between Mathison and Brody, leading to ever more convoluted storylines to include the two protagonists.

Understandably plot details are being kept under wraps for now but expect another taut political thriller. The theme of America’s position on the world stage will still drive the story, but it sounds as if the 'War on Terror' will move to the back-burner for now.

Shooting begins in June at Studio Babelsberg in Berlin and it should screen on Channel 4 this autumn.

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