“There’s no plan necessarily to go to Israel per se, but we have been exploring, at least at the moment, the Israel-Palestine conflict — at least something around it — as being where our story takes place,” “Homeland” co-creator Howard Gordon reveals to Gold Derby about the upcoming eighth season (watch the exclusive video above). Gordon and his fellow executive producers have previously referred to the eighth season as the show’s final, but they have been backtracking lately. With Gordon on the red carpet at a recent “Homeland” event for Emmy voters, actor Mandy Patinkin explains (watch that exclusive video here), “The network and the studio have made it very clear that they have not made a decision at all.”
Gordon clarifies, “We’re taking it one season at a time. We had originally thought next year was going to be the last or that was at least as much as Showtime had committed to, but we’re really going to see how this season turns out. It really is a year-by-year process and if the story is there and if the timing is right and if there’s willingness, I think people are generally open to the idea, so no one’s really committing one way or the other about it, except that we’re going to try to do as good a season as we can possibly do and see what happens then.”
Howard Gordon won the Emmys for Best Drama Series and Best Drama Writing for the first season of “Homeland,” but 2012 was not his first time on the Emmy stage. Gordon previously won Best Drama Series in 2006 for the fifth season of “24,” on which he served as showrunner. That show ended its original eight-season run in 2010, but has since returned for the 12-episode continuation “Live Another Day” in 2014 and the 12-episode spin-off “Legacy” in 2017. Fox has since ordered the first script from Gordon for another revival, to which he explains, “We are absolutely actively engaging in redeveloping it along two different tracks and we’re not going to do it unless we get it right, but we are working on it, so I hope we’ll have something to say more concretely soon.”
The “Homeland” writers’ room will reopen in August after the producers travel to D.C. for their annual “spy camp,” in which they learn from real American intelligence officials. Watch our exclusive video here for Mandy Patinkin’s account of how the election of Donald Trump has affected spy camp and how he once heard “more than he needed to know.”
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