“Homeland” might be tackling different subjects in Season 5, but Showtime head David Nevins says the new season “reinforces what has always made ‘Homeland’ so riveting — the combination of deep characters, great storytelling and the exploration of America’s complicated role in a 21st-century world.”
While speaking at 2015 summer TV press tour, Nevins offered up some new details on the forthcoming season, including that the show will delve into subjects and themes ranging from ISIS to Charle Hebdo.
“This season deals with such issues as cyber-terrorism, privacy in a world of 24-hour surveillance and our tangled relationship with both our enemies as well as our allies,” Nevins explains, adding. “They’re tackling new subjects. The first episode is really going to deal with Russia. Berlin is right next to Russia. What is Putin up to? What’s going on with the kind of tricky relationship there? It deals with ISIS.”
“Berlin is a crossroads,” he continues. “It’s a crossroads between the old Eastern Bloc and the Western Bloc, its’ a crossroads between Western Europe and the Muslim world, and it’s also a place with the strictest privacy laws in the world. This season explores all those things and how they all come together.”
Calling Season 5’s arc “a very fresh story,” Nevins claims the show is “better than ever.” He’s seen the first two episodes, and the 12-episode season is currently in production in Berlin.
“They have shown the ability — they showed that ability last year — to have a new, fresh story,” he says. “Its themes, I think, will resonate with people — Charlie Hebdo, [Edward] Snowden, Laura Poitras. There’s interesting elements to this season that brings a lot of things together. As long as they keep it fresh, it’s a show that’s never the same season after season and those kinds of shows are shows that can run.”
“I think there’s a lot of life left in ‘Homeland,'” Nevins adds.
“Homeland” Season 5 premieres on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.