A few months ago, we learned that Homeland Season 6 would be set in New York City, and the show’s Ep Alex Gansa recently spoke at an Emmy panel on that and much more. Always attempting to stay current with real storylines, the new season will take on the Presidential election, starting with Election Day and going through the inauguration. Gansa also said that Carrie (Claire Danes) is facing some major decisions, like potentially marrying Otto (what??) and returning to the CIA. And one of the biggest questions that will be answered is what is Peter Quinn’s (Rupert Friend) fate?
A lot of TV has happened since last year’s Homeland Season 5 finale, and it can hard to remember specifics, so let me refresh your memory regarding Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) whose fate remained uncertain. After falling to a coma (though surviving) the saran gas attack thanks to an quickly administered antidote, Quinn is woken up so Carrie and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) could get information from him. That put his life at risk — again — to the point where the doctor’s say he has “minimal cognitive function.” Or as Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) comments, his personal hell.
Quinn declared his love for Carrie in a letter, and the final moments saw her considering, it seemed, smothering him with a pillow and killing him. It was a weird way to end the season, even if it was potentially a mercy killing. Back in January during the TCA press tour, Showtime CEO David Nevins said that while he wasn’t going to give an answer about Quinn then, the show would not toy with viewer expectations — like for instance (he didn’t say, but I am) Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. He also added that “if Quinn does live, he wouldn’t likely go back to being a badass assassin. ‘It will not be in any way shape or form the way he has lived to date.’”
Now, Gansa is getting more specific. According to EW Rupert Friend will be returning as a series regular. Gansa hinted that there will be big changes for Quinn, especially emotionally. “How Peter Quinn’s character is gonna be dramatized this year is going to surprise people, and it may not be what you think.” As for a potential romance between Carrie and Quinn, “because they’re both very damaged people and I think that they have a similar attraction to high voltage, high adrenaline situations that tend to have an incredible benefit but more likely to have a very catastrophic end.”
Gansa added, “Quinn really put his life in her hands at the end of last season and we will see what decision she made, but that’s going to have repercussions moving forward for her and for that idea of Quinn as well.”
The executive producer also suggested that we haven’t seen the last of the Brody family, but there will be “some cameos from characters from past seasons.” Lord deliver us … (Emma Fraser recently wrote about Dana and the curse of the terrible TV teen here).
What do you think about Quinn’s miracle of survival and what it means next for the character, and are you looking forward to Homeland returning to U.S. for Season 6?