Claire Danes confirms she won't be playing Carrie Mathison in 'Homeland' after the seventh season
Claire Danes will not be part of the show for its eighth season. Season 8 will be the last for the show itself.
Putting everyone's doubts to rest, actress Claire Danes confessed that the eighth season of Homeland was going to be her last. According to Hollywood Reporter, when Claire appeared on Sirius XM show to get interviewed by Howard Stern, she was asked if the eighth season would be last for the show, to which she replied: "Yeah, that’s it."
For a long time there had been news about the show going on with a different cast but now it has been confirmed that the show will come to an end after this. When Claire was asked how she was feeling about this season being her last, she revealed that she was feeling "really conflicted" about it. "I mean, I'll be ready. She's a lot, this Carrie-freakin' Mathison character," she explained.
"It's a workout, so I'll be ready for a reprieve from that." Previously, showrunner Alex Gansa had also suggested that season 8 was going to be his last. Little did he know that it would turn out to be the last season for everyone who has been involved with the show.
It's definitely going to be my last year," he said at that time. "I can't speak for Claire or [co-star] 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."
During the same interview, Claire also revealed that she was expecting her second child with husband Hugh Dancy. “I’m deep into my second trimester,” she confessed while admitting that it was her official announcement. However, she did not reveal if they were having a boy or a girl. Claire and Hugh had met on the set of the 2006 drama “Evening” and got married in 2009.
Talking to Elle, Claire had revealed that she always wanted to have kids. “I’ve always wanted to have kids, but I’m glad I didn’t until now. When I was thinking about [working and being a mother] originally, I was really nervous about it,” she said at the time. “I think I would make a lousy stay-at-home mom. It just wouldn’t suit me. I feel so fortunate, in that I’ve had this arrow-straight focus that I wanted to act.”