The Homeland season 7 trailer includes the premiere date and promises more espionage thrills, as well as a showdown between Carrie and the president. The seventh season will lean into the story of an unhinged President of the United States that the show hinted at during its sixth season finale.
In the show's sixth season, veteran CIA operatives Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) attempted to thwart a plot to assassinate Elizabeth Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) by conspirators both inside and outside the U.S. government. They were able to stop the assassination - aided by the sacrifice of Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) - but were unprepared for the growing paranoia and bizarre behavior of the new president, who began lashing out at the intelligence community when she took office, seeing potential conspirators all around her. Saul, along with many other operatives, is arrested, with Carrie seemingly left to salvage American democracy.
A new trailer confirms the show's characters are still being pushed to new extremes, as the president grows more paranoid and Carrie attempts to navigate this strange new reality. It also confirms the show's return for February 11, 2018 at 9 PM EST. You can watch the full trailer above.
Once Showtime's crown jewel, Homeland feels a long way from its glory days. Originally a story equally about Carrie and the deeply broken prisoner of war Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), the show was both a gripping thriller as well as a thoughtful meditation on post-9/11 America and the tangible human cost of the War on Terror. The show's debut season was a smash, garnering Danes a Best Actress Emmy as well as a Best Drama win for the show itself. But the show blinked when it didn't kill off Brody as it had planned at the end of the first season, and its creative decline was incredibly steep, bottomming out in the show's widely reviled third season, where Brody finally met his much delayed end.
The show rebooted itself as something of a more thoughtful version of 24 - the show shares most of its behind the scenes talent with the Jack Bauer thriller - for its fourth season, refocusing on the CIA operatives and the moral haziness of the post-9/11 world. That approach worked for a couple seasons, but season six was another noticeable drop in quality, hamstrung by strange character decisions and sometimes cartoonish plots. It remains to be seen if Homeland has another creative rebirth in it, or if perhaps it's just time to close up shop on one of Showtime's flagship series. We'll find out soon.
Homeland returns for season 7 on February 11, 2018 at 9 PM EST on Showtime.