On hiatus since December last year, Homeland's Season 6 premiere is still a while away. The decision to postpone the usual October premiere to the beginning of next year came from the Season 6 plot, which will revolve around the American presidential campaign, and the subsequent inauguration of the next president. But there'll be more on Carrie's plate in the upcoming season, and she won't be alone to deal with the bad guys.
Peter Quinn has already been confirmed to be coming back, which is great news. The last time we saw him, Quinn was in a coma as a result of being exposed to sarin gas. Homeland showrunner Alex Gansa has confirmed that Quinn is "very much alive", and teased fans by saying:
"You're going to see a very changed and altered Quinn this year."
Rupert Friend was spotted filming for the show in New York back in August, and from the look of the photos things don't look to sharp for Quinn. In addition to looking pretty edgy, he was sporting some disheveled hair (instead of his usual buzz cut), dingy clothes and velcro shoes. But, since he will be around, it begs the question of whether Quinn and Carrie will finally get together. Their relationship has been set up over several seasons and, despite things turning sideways for them in the past (when Carrie moved to Berlin and found herself a new hunk), last season they almost made it. In fact, Carrie even read the letter Quinn left for her, in which he openly discussed his feelings for her.
Considering Carrie declined the offer to rejoin the CIA, it would seem that she and Quinn will be heading separate ways when the show takes off in January. Back on American soil, she will begin work for a foundation that assists Muslims living in the US. That doesn't mean that Carrie will have to face whatever new threat comes along by herself, though.
Joining the cast in the new season is Patrick Sabongui (The Flash's Cpt. Singh), who will play Carrie's new work partner; a law professor that advocates for Muslim rights. The ensemble is strengthened by Prison Break's Robert Knepper (reprising his role as General Jamie McClendon), Nurse Jackie's Dominic Fumusa (as FBI Agent Conlin) and House of Cards alum Elizabeth Marvel, who will be playing the future US president.
Apart from focusing on the presidential race, #HomelandSeason6 will also revolve around the Iran nuclear deal. According to Gansa, since the deal takes place in New York, it was heavily featured in the show.
As a political drama, Homeland will most likely never run out of material for future seasons, but Season 6 looks like it'll amp up the show's game. After all, in addition to dealing with her double life as a former CIA agent, Carrie will have to juggle with her new job at the foundation, a nuclear threat, a presidential race, her daughter (who will probably feature a bit more on the show now that Carrie is back home) and her turbulent love life.
Homeland's Season 6 premieres on January 15, 2017.