Following a year of speculations, the official ‘Homeland’ season 6 premiere date along with several details about its cast members and the characters they play have been disclosed.
In the last season of the Showtime political thriller, one of the fan-fave characters, Peter Quinn, played by Rupert Friend, ended up in a critical situation as he remains in a hospital bed. Viewers questioned whether Quinn’s survival will only be short-lived or will take him to the next season.
Executive producer Alex Gansa confirmed that “Quinn is alive, I can say that much,” as reported by Access Hollywood.
On the other hand, actor Friend sustained an injury while filming the first and second episodes of ‘Homeland’ season 6, helmed by Keith Gordon, in New York City.
The 34-year-old actor was spotted walking on crutches at the pre-Emmy party by Showtime; he recalled how he broke a bone in his right ankle while filming for the hit series, which was brought on by an injury that he had while shooting the fourth and fifth seasons of ‘Homeland.’ During the incident, Friend rolled his ankle that resulted to the weakening of the ligaments.
Although the English native was sidelined temporarily, there had been changes to the filming schedule with which executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter, helmer for the third and fourth episodes, began filming scenes from episodes that could be shot around the actor’s injury.
“Everyone has been very accommodating,” Friend said to Deadline. The recently married actor is crossing his fingers that the soft cast will be taken off in the next few weeks for him to go back into full-time filming and that the first two ‘Homeland’ season 6 episodes will be finished.
With the story revolving around the incidents occurring after the U.S. presidential elections, the new season of the award-winning thriller is set mainly in New York, although several action-packed scenes will take place in Abu Dhabi and Israel, which will actually be filmed in Morocco.
Although Gansa did not reveal details about ‘Homeland’ season 6, he dropped hints that, despite having a newly-elected female president portrayed by Elizabeth Marvel, the new season will not necessarily follow the ongoing presidential campaign.
Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes, will also be featured as she settles down in her homeland and beings work at a New York-based foundation to support Muslim people residing in the U.S.
Earlier this year, Danes opened up to Entertainment Weekly about her character, saying that the upcoming season will show a new side of Carrie that viewers might not be used to.
"In keeping with the tradition of the show, there will be striking parallels between what's happening politically [in reality] and what's happening in our world of make believe," Danes said.
Carrie also remains on medication as she tries to get back on track and make amends for her past.
"I think [season 6] is more about deep-conscience diving rather than madness or preaching madness. I think it's a lot about policy and politics and how the CIA participates in that, because it does take place in America,” the Emmy award-winning actress explained. “I think that's the most relevant, exciting happening right now. It's wild what's occurring and it's worth investigating, so that's what we'll be doing."
The ‘Homeland’ season 6 premiere is set on Jan. 17, 2017 on Showtime.