Final season of Homeland delayed until 2020

The team needed extra time to work on its ambitious storyline.

The eighth and final season of Homeland has been delayed until February 2020. 

This premiere date means that the acclaimed spy thriller will return nearly two years after the last episode of its seventh season aired back in April 2018. 

Speaking on the TCA press tour last Friday, the president of US TV network showtime Gary Levine attributed the delay to the “ambitious” storyline. 

"Showrunner Alex Gansa wants to go out proudly, and that has involved production in multiple countries at times and in places that have some issues," he explained.

"There have been no missteps. It’s been a relatively smooth process. But it’s a very ambitious production schedule and it has taken more time than we (anticipated)."

A newly released plot synopsis reveals that unstable CIA agent Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and security advisor Saul (Mandy Patinikin) will be heading to an Afghanistan that’s “teeming with warlords and mercenaries, zealots and spies" to engage the Taliban in peace negations. 

Season eight will once again consist of 12 episodes with Maury Sterling, Linus Roache, Costa Ronin, Nimrat Kaur and Numan Acar all returning.  

True Blood’s Sam Trammell and Hugh Dancy also set to join the cast as a Washington consultant John Zabe and Vice President Benjamin Hayes respectively.

You can stream the first seven seasons of Homeland on Netflix now.

Source: Digital Spy

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