'Homeland' Moves to Berlin for Fifth Season

Showtime announces that the drama will be based in Germany and pick up two years after the recent finale.
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Claire Danes' passport is getting awfully crowded.

Showtime announced Monday morning that its flagship series Homeland will shift locations yet again for its upcoming fifth season, which is shooting in Berlin.

It's an expected departure from Cape Town, South Africa, where the espionage drama set up shop in 2014 for its Pakistan-set season. The fall 2015 return of Homeland and Danes' Carrie Mathison will include another bit of a reboot. It'll pick up two years after the events of the last episode, with Carrie estranged from the CIA and working for a private security firm in Berlin.

The 12-episode season, with showrunner Alex Gansa, starts production in June at Berlin's Studio Babelsberg.

As for the storyline, Gansa recently acknowledged that current events in the Middle East again will be part of the show — despite the move to Europe. "Look at what's going on in the Middle East, look at what's going on in Syria and Iraq, look what's happening in the Ukraine," he said. "We'll be in Europe telling this story. It's all going to be part of the world she's in."