Enjoy Showtime’s spy thriller Homeland while you can. The show’s star Claire Danes spoke with Howard Stern on his Sirius XM show on Wednesday and revealed that season eight of Homeland will also be its last.
“Yeah, that’s it,” said Danes after Stern brought up the rumors that Homeland will end after the eighth season.
“I mean, I’ll be ready. She’s a lot, this Carrie-freakin’-Mathison character,” she added. “It’s a workout, so I’ll be ready for a reprieve from that.”
Claire Danes also revealed she and husband Hugh Dancy are expecting their second child but noted that her pregnancy won’t affect the production of Homeland.
Showtime is still to confirm that the series is ending, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, the network might be reluctant to do so due to plans to introduce new showrunner and new cast.
Current showrunner and writer Alex Gansa previously stated that he will leave Homeland after season eight, but wouldn’t mind leaving the story open for others to continue.
“It’s definitely going to be my last year,” Gansa said to THR in February. “I can’t speak for Claire or Mandy, but it will be my final year and it will be designed to be the end of an eight-season story. If Showtime, Fox, Claire, and Mandy want to take the show further that’s their decision, and we would leave some room for that to happen — if there’s an appetite.”
Based on the Israeli series Prisoners of War, Homeland premiered on Showtime in 2011 and received universal appraisal. During its run, the series received numerous awards including Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama in 2011 and 2012, as well as 2012 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series.