10:15am PT by Michael O'Connell
'Homeland' Season 6 Premiere Arrives (Very) Early
It looks like 2016 will not be a year without a new episode of Homeland after all.
Coming in right under the wire, the Showtime drama dropped its sixth-season premiere a whopping 17 days ahead of its scheduled debut. As of Dec. 30, the episode is streaming for all Showtime subscribers — whether they watch on the streaming service, the OTT app, Hulu or on-demand.
Showtime's flagship returns after its longest break to date. The last original aired on Dec. 20, 2015. Creator Alex Gansa and Showtime boss David Nevins agreed earlier in the year that the writers would take a longer break than normal to conceive the latest narrative.
The sixth season, which adds Elizabeth Marvel, Dominic Fumusa, Jake Weber and a slew of others to the cast, picks up several months after the action of the last season with Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) living in Brooklyn. Threats of terror still loom, and a controversial transition for a new president-elect offers a timely backdrop.
Offering a premiere episode early is nothing new, but it is rather uncharacrteristc for a show of Homeland's stature. The perrenial Emmy nominee still ranks as Showtime's highest rated series. Can't wait any longer to find out how Quinn (Rupert Friend) is no longer a vegetable? Get your kicks now, and ring in the New Year with your questions answered.