Showtime's Emmy Award winning series Homeland usually makes its season debut in October, but this next one will be a little different. Because of the angle the show is going to approach the new plot, the producers felt that the beginning of 2017 would be a more appropriate premiere date.
For those who aren't caught up with the show, the first two seasons of Homeland revolved around Sergeant Nicholas Brody, a marine who returned home from the war as a suspected terrorist. When Brody eventually died, his plot - and the show's premise - died with him, and so the following seasons went on to focus on new contemporary threats.
That's why, for Season 6, January will fit like a glove as a release date. This season will feature the American presidential race, from the early stages of the campaign to the reveal of the next president. Carrie and her CIA agents will endeavor to uncover another threat while keeping the candidates and future president safe. Phew!
What's more, Carrie won't be alone in this election turmoil, as her mentor and friend Saul Berenson will be with her all the way. Rupert Friend, who plays Peter Quinn - Carrie's friend and partner who wishes to leave the friendzone for good - is also set to reprise his role in the series.
Now, for those of you who watched that heart-wrenching Season 5 finale, Quinn closed the season in a coma, with Carrie about to unplug him from life support. In a cliffhanger, we were left to theorize whether we'd ever see Quinn again or not. Though Rupert will be coming back for a sixth season, that still doesn't mean he's alive and sound. Since Homeland loves its flashback sequences - almost as much as Arrow does - it could be that we only see Quinn in Carrie's trip down memory lane.
On the bright side of all this wait and wondering, there's the great news that the series has been picked up for two more seasons, with Claire Danes in the leading role and executive producer Alex Gansa confirmed as showrunner.
So, we'll get Seasons 7 and 8, with CIA on-and-off-and-on-again agent Carrie Mathison fighting off the bad guys. Whether she - and all of us - will be lucky enough to have Quinn as a partner, that's a whole other story.