2:14pm PT by Bryn Sandberg
'Homeland' to End With Season 8, Claire Danes Says
As expected, Homeland will end with its upcoming eighth season.
Star Claire Danes on Wednesday confirmed the news in an interview with Howard Stern on his Sirius XM show. "Yeah, that’s it," she said when the host brought up the fact that the next season is rumored to be the CIA drama's last. A representative for Showtime said that the network has not made a decision beyond season eight. The series is currently airing its seventh season, the finale for which is set to air on April 29.
Showtime renewed Homeland for a seventh and eighth season ahead of its sixth season premiere. Sources say the pay cabler has been reluctant to say that the series will end after that because there's been talk of keeping it going with a new showrunner and new cast. In February, showrunner Alex Gansa told The Hollywood Reporter that season eight would likely be his last year. Though he's long hinted that season eight would be the end of Carrie Mathison's story, he noted that he wasn't sure that would be the case for the other characters on the show.
"It's definitely going to be my last year," said the executive producer and writer ahead of the seventh season debut. "I can't speak for Claire or [co-star] Mandy [Patinkin], 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."
When Stern asked Danes how she's dealing with the upcoming season being the last, the actress acknowledged that she feels "really conflicted" about it. "I mean, I'll be ready. She's a lot, this Carrie-freakin' Mathison character," she explained. "It's a workout, so I'll be ready for a reprieve from that." During the interview, Danes also revealed that she's pregnant with her second child with husband Hugh Dancy.
Showtime's current roster includes Shameless, The Affair, Billions, Ray Donovan, I'm Dying Up Here, SMILF and The Chi. Earlier this week, the CBS Corp.-owned company ordered the comedy pilot The Wrong Mans from James Corden and Bad Robot Productions. It followed pilot orders for the Don Cheadle comedy Ball Street and the Kevin Bacon drama City on a Hill from Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Next up, Showtime has the Jim Carrey starrer Kidding, Patrick Melrose, Escape at Dannemora and the long-in-the-works Daniel Craig drama Purity.
Listen to a clip of Danes' interview with Stern, below.