‘Homeland’s Claire Danes & EP Alex Gansa On A Subversive Series Finale & Going To Spy Camp – Contenders TV
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Showtime's Homeland, often prophetic of real politics, found a very insurgent end after eight seasons earlier this year. The end of the series was both unconventional and satisfactory, said Emmy winner Claire Danes during Deadline's Contenders Television virtual event.
"It was something subversive for us when Carrie ended up with a smile," said the actor, who portrayed the brilliant but restless former CIA officer Carrie Mathison in the show manager produced by Alex Gansa, who joined the Danes on the panel . "She has sacrificed so much and is in a version of Hell, but her mind is intact," she added to what appears to be a double Carrie, who is now a double agent with Yevgeny Gromov (played by Costa Ronin) in Moscow.
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"I was very happy with the shape of the last season," Danes said of Homeland's much-planned last 12 episodes that ended in April. "I thought it was really smart to connect Carrie to Brody so directly this season ... so she's not sure if she's a traitor or not," exclaimed the treacherous Damien Lewis character, who was in the The first three seasons.
With clear pointers to the fourth season of the show and its shots in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the eighth and final season found an almost broken Mathison who was recovering from months of brutal detention in a Russian gulag. Against this personal picture of hell, the character was put back into service by her mentor Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) to help against the backdrop of peace talks with the Taliban.
Since this is the scarce but always complex homeland, nothing is as easy, including the assassination of the U.S. President by the Islamic fundamentalist movement and the Russia-led march to a nuclear showdown with Islamabad. When the real Donald Trump government tried to reach an agreement to end the decades-long war in Afghanistan, the carefully crafted homeland again seemed to take advantage of some insider perspectives in the world after September 11th.
"As you remember at the end of season three, we set ourselves apart with the character of Nicholas Brody and we were in a really difficult position to reinvent the show at that time," said Gansa. "That was when our trips to DC really came to the fore when they got so influential - and in a way that is really hard to overdo," said the showrunner about what the Homeland team did as a spy camp got known.
"We went into these one-week sessions in DC without really knowing where the season was going to be, what the story would be like, and we really let the free form of that time in DC affect our storytelling." Gansa said of the meetings with senior members of the intelligence community. "We are far fewer fortune tellers than just reporters of what we have heard and experienced," he added, saying what President Barack Obama's favorite public program had done at one point.
Homeland, produced by Disney's Fox 21 Television Studios, is based on Gideon Raff's original Israeli series Prisoners of War and was developed by Gansa and Howard Gordon for US television. During the eight seasons at Showtime, Raff, Gansa and Gordon acted as EPs alongside Chip Johannessen, Debora Cahn, director Lesli Linka Glatter, Patrick Harbinson, Danes, Michael Klick, Avi Nir and Ran Telem.
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