The new season will be filmed at Studio Babelsberg in Berlin. This move will mean Homeland is the first American show to be filmed entirely in the European country.
The reason for the move may be connected to the fact that the show came under a lot of fire last season, for some of its Middle-East storylines. In January, Showtime president, David Nevins told reporters that they were considering a story set outside of the middle east for season 5.
He said, “We’re not necessarily going to stay now and forever [focusing on] U.S. relations in the Muslim world. It’s a show ultimately about U.S. foreign policy, U.S. intelligence in the 21st century at a very difficult time. So we’re exploring a few different possibilities and may change it up a little bit … The real franchise of the show is how difficult it is to be America in the world in the 21st century, how difficult the choices are. I think that’s a story that will remain relevant for as long as they can come up with new stories.”
The season will pick-up two years after Carrie Mathison’s tenure as Islamabad station chief. “Struggling to reconcile her guilt and disillusionment with years of working on the front lines in the ‘war on terror,’ Carrie finds herself in a self-imposed exile in Berlin, estranged from the CIA and working for a private security firm.
For a while now, i have been of the opinion that they have over-flogged the Middle Eastern storyline. It’s good to see that they think so too.
Homeland is set to return in September 2015.