How To Watch Homeland’s Season Premiere Ahead Of Schedule


Sometimes the wait between seasons of a popular show can be excruciating, and it doesn't get any easier when that show takes an extended delay, like the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. It's been almost a year since fans of Showtime's hit show Homeland have seen a new episode, but now that patience is finally being rewarded. Showtime is allowing fans to view the Season 6 premiere ahead of its scheduled release date.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the first episode of Homeland Season 6 is available to watch for those who subscribe to Showtime and any of its streaming services or on-demand platforms. The episode went live on December 30, a whole 17 days before the scheduled premiere. The last new episode of Homeland was the Season 5 finale on December 20, 2015, meaning it's been over a year since a new episode of Homeland was available for viewing pleasure. This was the longest break yet for the hit drama, which took time off so that the writers could craft a compelling narrative for the season. I tell ya, that better be one good season of television after a year of nothing.

This sneak peek is a nice gesture of Showtime for fans who were feeling that Homeland itch, but this isn't the first time that the network has offered a season premiere ahead of time. They've made episodes of The Affair, Masters of Sex, Billions, and Shameless available ahead of time to subscribers, and even non-subscribers through Youtube.

Hopefully, Season 6 of Homeland will be worth the wait. Picking up several months after Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) thwarted a terrorist attack, she is now living in Brooklyn with her daughter Frannie, and works for a foundation that provides aid to Muslims living in the U.S. The entire season will take place between election day and the inauguration of the president-elect -- which was the first elected woman president. The backdrop of the timely election will see the government in transition, a period filled with anxiety, and competing interests in the exchange of powers.

You can check out the trailer for Season 6 right here to hold you over in case you have to wait until the real premiere because you aren't a Showtime subscriber.

For those who don't watch it ahead of time, Homeland Season 6 premieres on January 15 at 9 p.m. EST on Showtime. For more returning shows, check out 2017 midseason TV premiere schedule.

Matt Wood

Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.