The trailer for Showtime’s upcoming seventh season of Homeland features former CIA agent Carrie Mathison squaring off against a power-hungry, corrupt new president.
In the trailer, President Keene (Elizabeth Marvel) has apparently arrested more than 200 people connected to an assassination attempt on her, including Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), who later apparently becomes the president’s new National Security Advisor.
Meanwhile, Mathison (Claire Danes) and Brett O’Keefe (Jake Weber) each have their own scores to settle with President Keene. The trailer shows O’Keefe, the show’s resident conspiracy theorist, aiming a pistol at a poster of the president’s face before pulling the trigger.
“The Founding Fathers foresaw the dark day when we would face a president like her,” O’Keefe says.
Homeland‘s producers have previously said that the writing team does not attempt to take sides in any political issues, thought memorably, its fifth season mirrored the real-life exploits of the terrorist group ISIS.
The show also added a female president-elect, Keene, ahead of its sixth season, though executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter previously said the character was not a reflection of then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
“Homeland tries not to do that. We try to pose questions, not posit answers,” showrunner Alex Gansa told Entertainment Weekly ahead of this show’s fifth season in 2015.
Homeland Season 7 premieres February 11, 2018 on Showtime. The series has also been renewed for an eighth and final season.
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