“Homeland” wraps its frenetic seventh season Sunday night time with many chess items in play — and grandmasters Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) hoping to make the fitting strikes.
“It brings a number of the problems and themes to a head — each on a personality stage and on a much bigger macro-political stage,” collection government producer Lesli Linka Glatter says of the season finale. “A lot of this season has been a couple of world off-balance, a nation divided, folks entrenched in their very own beliefs. Some issues [in the season finale] are tied up and different issues aren’t … which makes for very high-stakes storytelling.”
In final week’s penultimate Season 7 episode, Carrie and Saul have been in Moscow, orchestrating a raid on Yevgeny Gromov’s (Costa Ronin) lakeside dacha to extricate Russian operative Simone Martin (Sandrine Holt) and return her to the US — to exonerate President Keane (Elizabeth Marvel), ousted from the Oval Workplace underneath the 25th Modification (deemed unfit for management).
The episode ended with Simone, cornered, being persuaded by Carrie to return to America as they pulled a bait-and-switch underneath the Russians’ noses, leaving in separate automobiles. We’ll discover out Sunday night time if the operation was profitable — and what lies in retailer again house for Keane and newly put in President Ralph Warner (Beau Bridges).
Glatter, who’s directed over 20 episodes of “Homeland” — together with Sunday’s season finale — says that, no matter lies in retailer for Carrie, Saul, Keane et al. for Season eight received’t be determined for a number of months. “We go to DC and we (the writers, Claire, Mandy) spend per week assembly with the intelligence neighborhood, asking them what retains them up at night time, what their largest fears are, and that’s the place a number of subsequent season will come from,” she says. “I’m not being coy; I believe [executive producers] Alex (Gansa) and Howard (Gordon) have some concepts.”
Regardless of the case, Season eight will doubtless proceed to trace Carrie’s relationship together with her younger daughter, Frannie, who’s now within the authorized custody of Carrie’s sister, Maggie (Amy Hargreaves). “For me, the battle for a lady being a mom and having a calling outdoors of the house could be very attention-grabbing,” Glatter says. “That hasn’t been the thrust of any of our seasons, however Carrie’s needed to take care of it. I believe, from the very first time she came upon she was pregnant, it’s been a really blended bag for her … and I believe there are ladies on the market who really feel like that — that they’re presupposed to be a superb mom and it’s the very best precedence.
“Males aren’t checked out by the identical lens,” she says. “I believe Carrie does love her daughter … and has tried to be a superb mom however hasn’t actually succeeded at that. She’s made a number of unhealthy selections … and she or he has a mission, and that pull has been attention-grabbing for her character.
“It’s all very layered and complex.”
Glatter mentioned “it’s nonetheless unclear once we’re going to finish” the collection, although Danes advised Howard Stern in a Sirius/XM interview that subsequent season can be the present’s final.
“I don’t know the reply to that,” Glatter mentioned, “however we’re undoubtedly coming again subsequent season.”
“Homeland” Season finale 9 p.m. Sunday on Showtime