No matter how much Carrie Mathison distances herself from the CIA, our bi-polar protagonist will seemingly always find herself drawn back to the covert governmental scene in some shape or form. Set two years after the events of last season, today’s first look at Homeland season 5 teases just that, with Claire Danes’ former agent haunted by the sins of her past.
Retired from the frontlines, Carrie is trying to carve out a life with her family, heading up a new job as security personnel for a well-respected German philanthropist. The ramifications of the season 4 finale still loom over the protagonist, and even though she is trying to re-build her life after a gruelling stint in Islamabad, covert operations are in her blood, with today’s teaser confirming that Carrie will be back in the thick of the action once more sooner rather than later.
Now, though, it’s a different ball game. Though she may be involved as an active member of the German private security firm, Carrie’s ties with the CIA run deep, and as new threats emerge, it’s a safe bet that we’ll see her call upon her old confidant, Saul (Mandy Patinkin).
Part and parcel of why Homeland remains as one of the more intriguing dramas on the small screen is its fearless ability to tackle pressing real-world issues – and season 5 will be no different. Across the 12-episode run, expect Carrie’s arc to involve ISIS, Vladimir Putin, the Charlie Hebdo shooting, and even Edward Snowden in some capacity.
Showtime will bring Mathison back to the fore when Homeland returns for season 5 on October 4.
Struggling to reconcile her guilt and disillusionment with years of working on the front lines in the ‘war on terror’, Carrie (Claire Danes) finds herself in a self-imposed exile in Berlin, estranged from the CIA and working as the head of security for a German philanthropist.