'Homeland' season 8: Release date, plot, cast and everything you need to know about the spy thriller

The eighth and final season of 'Homeland' is scheduled to premiere on February 9, 2020, on Showtime.

                            'Homeland' season 8: Release date, plot, cast and everything you need to know about the spy thriller

Get set to watch the final season of 'Homeland' as the 12-episode farewell is being shot in Morocco with the country standing in for the physical terrain of Afghanistan. Based on the Israeli show 'Prisoners of War,' the spy-thriller series has been created by showrunners Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.

Chalking out the plans for the final season, Gansa said, "Season 8 will be overseas somewhere. We get to play a story with larger national stakes in season 7 and we'll go back to a smaller intelligence-based season in 8. We're going to start fresh in season 8 and probably do a fairly big time jump between 7 and 8 and put any Trump parallels behind us."

Talking about the riveting storyline, entertainment president Gary Levine told the press: "Having read the first few scripts, I can tell you, it's a breathless, surprising and moving ride to its conclusion."

Release date

The eighth and final season of 'Homeland' is scheduled to premiere on February 9, 2020, on Showtime.


The official plot summary reads: "The series’ final season finds Carrie Mathison (Danes) recovering from months of brutal confinement in a Russian gulag. Her body is healing, but her memory remains fractured – and that is a problem for Saul, now National Security Advisor to the newly ascendant President Warner (Beau Bridges)."

"The top priority of Warner’s nascent administration is ending the “forever war” in Afghanistan, and Saul has been dispatched to engage the Taliban in peace negotiations. But Kabul teems with warlords and mercenaries, zealots and spies – and Saul needs the relationships and expertise that only his protégé, Carrie, can provide. Against medical advice, Saul asks Carrie to walk with him into the lion’s den… one last time."


Claire Danes

Claire Danes attends the 20th Anniversary Gala to Celebrate Hudson River Park at Pier 60 on October 11, 2018 in New York City. (Getty Images)

Claire Danes plays the role of CIA officer Carrie Mathison in the series. She has starred in several films such as 'Little Women' (1994), 'Home for the Holidays' (1995), 'Romeo + Juliet' (1996), 'The Rainmaker' (1997), 'Les Misérables' (1998), 'Brokedown Palace' (1999), 'The Hours' (2002), 'Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines' (2003), 'Shopgirl' (2005), 'Stardust' (2007), and 'A Kid Like Jake' (2018).

Mandy Patinkin

Mandy Patinkin attends Entertainment Weekly's Must List Party at the Toronto International Film Festival 2018 at the Thompson Hotel on September 8, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Getty Images)

Mandy Patinkin essays the role of Saul Berenson in the series. He starred in films like 'Alien Nation' (1988), 'Dick Tracy' (1990), 'The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland' (1999) and 'Wish I Was Here' (2014). He has appeared in major roles in television series such as 'Chicago Hope', 'Dead Like Me' and 'Criminal Minds'. 

Other actors in the series include Maury Sterling as Max Piotrowski, Linus Roache as David Wellington, Costa Ronin as Yevgeny Gromov, Numan Acar as Haissam Haqqani and Nimrat Kaur as Tasneem Qureshi. 


Developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, the series is executive produced by Lauren White, Katie O'Hara, Charlotte Stoudt, and Mandy Patinkin.

Broadcasted on Showtimes, the series has been produced by Teakwood Lane Productions in association with Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet Broadcasting, Fox 21 Television Studios, Showtime Networks, and Studio Babelsberg. 

Where to watch  

You can stream the final season of 'Homeland' as its first episode airs on February 9, 2020, and the series runs till April 26, 2020.

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