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Homeland (season 6)

The sixth season of the American television drama series Homeland premiered on January 15, 2017, and concluded on April 9, 2017, on Showtime, consisting of 12 episodes.[1] The series started as a loosely based variation of the two-season run of the Israeli television series Hatufim (English: Prisoners of War) created by Gideon Raff and is developed for American television by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.[2] The sixth season was released on Blu-ray and DVD on February 6, 2018.[3]

Homeland (season 6)
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes12
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseJanuary 15 (2017-01-15) –
April 9, 2017 (2017-04-09)
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Taking place several months after the previous season, Carrie Mathison is back in the United States, living in Brooklyn, New York with her young pre-school aged daughter. She is now working at a foundation whose efforts are to provide aid to Muslims living in the United States. Peter Quinn is alive but has suffered a major stroke and is incapacitated but seemingly, turned to a junkie. Saul Berenson and Dar Adal are still CIA operatives and are dealing with counter-terrorism within the United States. The season features the results of a presidential election of a female candidate, and takes place between election day and inauguration day.[4] The season also has a storyline regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.[5]

Cast and charactersEdit


Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and Rupert Friend (left to right) portray lead roles Carrie Mathison, Saul Berenson and Peter Quinn, respectively.
F. Murray Abraham and Maury Sterling (left to right) portray Dar Adal and Max, respectively.




No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
611"Fair Game"Keith GordonAlex Gansa & Ted MannDecember 30, 2016 (2016-12-30) (online)
January 15, 2017 (2017-01-15) (Showtime)
622"The Man in the Basement"Keith GordonChip JohannessenJanuary 22, 2017 (2017-01-22)6WAH021.45[11]
633"The Covenant"Lesli Linka GlatterRon NyswanerJanuary 29, 2017 (2017-01-29)6WAH031.13[12]
644"A Flash of Light"Lesli Linka GlatterPatrick HarbinsonFebruary 12, 2017 (2017-02-12)6WAH041.05[13]
655"Casus Belli"Alex GravesChip JohannessenFebruary 19, 2017 (2017-02-19)6WAH051.07[14]
666"The Return"Alex GravesCharlotte StoudtFebruary 26, 2017 (2017-02-26)6WAH060.90[15]
677"Imminent Risk"Tucker GatesRon NyswanerMarch 5, 2017 (2017-03-05)6WAH071.44[16]
688"alt.truth"Lesli Linka GlatterPatrick HarbinsonMarch 12, 2017 (2017-03-12)6WAH081.27[17]
699"Sock Puppets"Dan AttiasChip Johannessen & Evan WrightMarch 19, 2017 (2017-03-19)6WAH091.26[18]
7010"The Flag House"Michael KlickAlex GansaMarch 26, 2017 (2017-03-26)6WAH101.43[19]
7111"R Is for Romeo"Seith MannChip Johannessen & Patrick HarbinsonApril 2, 2017 (2017-04-02)6WAH111.34[20]
7212"America First"Lesli Linka GlatterAlex Gansa & Ron NyswanerApril 9, 2017 (2017-04-09)6WAH121.90[21]


The season’s episodes’ opening includes excerpts from The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.


On December 9, 2015, the series was renewed for a sixth season.[22] On August 11, 2016, at the 2016 Summer TCA Press Tour it was announced that filming of the season would begin in August 2016, in New York.[5] Showrunners Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon along with Gideon Raff, Chip Johannessen, Michael Klick, Patrick Harbinson, Lesli Linka Glatter, Avi Nir, Ran Telem, and Claire Danes are executive producers.[23]

In September 2016, co-star Rupert Friend sustained an injury to his foot, forcing production to shoot around his character Peter Quinn. Despite the setback, his sabbatical is not expected to affect the premiere date. Also announced that month, while the majority of shooting and plot will take place in New York City, production will be returning to film scenes in Morocco (subbing for Abu Dhabi and Israel); where the series has not filmed since the third year.[24] A promotional poster and a behind-the-scenes video was released on November 17, 2016.[25]


On July 27, 2016, Elizabeth Marvel was cast in the role of Elizabeth Keane, a senator from New York who was just elected to be the next President of the United States.[6] On August 10, 2016, it was announced that Hill Harper and Patrick Sabongui joined the cast.[7] On August 16, 2016, Robert Knepper joined the cast in the recurring role of General Jamie McClendon, the Department of Defense representative.[8] On September 10, 2016, it was announced that Dominic Fumusa had joined as FBI Special Agent Ray Conlin.[9]


Critical receptionEdit

The sixth season of Homeland has received generally positive reviews from critics. On Metacritic, the season has a score of 68 out of 100 based on 15 reviews.[26] On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 80% with an average rating of 7.57 out of 10 based on 20 reviews. The site's critical consensus is, "Homeland delivers introspective comfort food with a satisfyingly strong leading female character and storylines that continue to surprise."[27]


For the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards, the series received three nominations–Mandy Patinkin for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Lesli Linka Glatter for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for "America First", and Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series for "America First". This is the first season in which Claire Danes has not been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.[28]


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  2. ^ "Homeland – Listings". The New York Times. Retrieved December 30, 2011.
  3. ^ Lambert, David (January 5, 2018). "Homeland - New Release Date, Package Art, and Bonus Material for 'The Complete 6th Season'". Retrieved January 6, 2018.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 1, 2016). "'Homeland' Nears Renewal For Seasons 7 & 8, Season 6 Debut Pushed To January". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Littleton, Cynthia (August 11, 2016). "'Homeland': 10 Things We Learned About Season 6 at TCA". Variety. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  6. ^ a b Lawrence, Derek (July 27, 2016). "Homeland elects House of Cards' Elizabeth Marvel as new president". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  7. ^ a b c O'Connell, Michael (August 10, 2016). "'Homeland' Casts Pair for Key Season 6 Roles". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 16, 2016). "'Homeland': Robert Knepper Set To Recur". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 17, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Wagmeister, Elizabeth (September 12, 2016). "'Nurse Jackie' Alum Joins 'Homeland' Season 6 (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved September 28, 2016.
  10. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (January 18, 2017). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 1.15.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved January 18, 2017.
  11. ^ Porter, Rick (January 24, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: 'Homeland' jumps with episode 2". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  12. ^ Porter, Rick (January 31, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: Pro Bowl dips, SAG Awards rise vs. last year". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  13. ^ Porter, Rick (February 14, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: 'The Walking Dead' improves in its return". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  14. ^ Porter, Rick (February 22, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: 'The Walking Dead' leads, 'Big Little Lies' has OK premiere". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  15. ^ Porter, Rick (February 28, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: 'Walking Dead' dips vs. Oscars but remains dominant". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  16. ^ Porter, Rick (March 7, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: 'Walking Dead' at lowest point since Season 2, 'Feud' has decent premiere for FX". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  17. ^ Porter, Rick (March 16, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: 'The Walking Dead' rebounds a little, 'Feud' slips". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  18. ^ Porter, Rick (March 21, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: 'Into the Badlands' returns lower, but also higher". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  19. ^ Porter, Rick (March 28, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: 'Big Little Lies' hits season high, 'Into the Badlands' improves". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved March 28, 2017.
  20. ^ Porter, Rick (April 4, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: 'The Walking Dead' finale lowest since Season 2". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  21. ^ Porter, Rick (April 11, 2017). "Sunday cable ratings: 'Homeland' ends with season high, 'Casey Anthony' strong for ID". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  22. ^ Ausiello, Michael (December 9, 2015). "Homeland, The Affair Renewed". TVLine. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  23. ^ Prudom, Laura (July 27, 2016). "'Homeland' Sets Season 6 Premiere Date, Schedules 'Billions' Season 2 Return". Variety. Retrieved August 14, 2016.
  24. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 17, 2016). "'Homeland' Shuffles Season 6 Production After Co-Star Rupert Friend Gets Injured". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved September 20, 2016.
  25. ^ Fitzpatrick, Kevin (November 17, 2016). "'Homeland' Heads 'Home' in Full Season 6 Featurette and Poster". Screen Crush. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  26. ^ "Homeland: Season 6". Metacritic. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  27. ^ "Homeland: Season 6". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  28. ^ "Homeland". Retrieved July 13, 2017.

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