Filming of Season 8 of Homeland will begin in January, later than previous seasons, due to Claire Danes’ pregnancy, but it isn’t clear if it will be the final season.
“It’s not unequivocally conclusive,” she told Variety. The nature of the show and its reinvention every season to focus on a new national security-related storyline gives them options. “It’s the kind of show that could continue indefinitely because it’s a strange model,” she said. “It can mutate in a lot of ways.”
Danes said in a podcast producers shot many scenes of Carrie in captivity in the Russian prison that never made it to air in the Season 7 finale.
“It was more powerful to discover her (predicament) in real time with Saul. And for us to imagine what she went through rather than have that be articulated,” she said.
Although the material was not used, it was not a wasted effort. “We didn’t use a lot of that work, but it was not for naught; it informed that (final) moment. I don’t know if I would have been able to arrive at that as thoroughly and fully as I did without all of that extra work,” she said.
Noting that her son has reached kindergarten age, she also said it may factor into how future production is affected.
“This show — we are globe-trotters. I don’t know how much I can keep imposing that on him. And we have another human being arriving soon. My life is evolving in ways that are going to maybe influence the decisions I make in my work.”