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You’ve heard it from the showrunner. You’ve heard it from the star. And now you’ve heard it from the head of the network: Homeland is indeed ending with its upcoming eighth season.
Showtime Networks CEO David Nevins on Monday confirmed the long-speculated news at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour. “I do not want to hear the word ‘cancellation,'” Nevins clarified. “[Co-creator and showrunner] Alex Gansa will bring the show to its proper conclusion.”
Nevins had been previously shy to call it quits on the pay cabler’s No. 1 drama, even though Gansa has been implying season eight would be the end since the Emmy-winning drama scored a three-season renewal back in 2016.
“It’s definitely going to be my last year,” Gansa told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year. “I can’t speak for [stars] Claire [Danes] or 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.”
Danes said she would be getting off of the Homeland train a few months later.
The possibility certainly seems to exist for more in the Homeland arena, not unlike the continued lifespan for fellow 20th Century Fox TV terrorism drama 24, but any sort of franchise continuation would be a ways off.
The eighth and final season of Homeland is expect to air on Showtime in the first quarter of 2019.
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