Homeland Season 8 Will Be The Final Season, According To Claire Danes

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Homeland has taken viewers on an intense journey for the better part of the last decade, and fans have watched Claire Danes go on a wild ride as leading lady Carrie Mathison. Although the story has gone relatively strong with some crazy plot twists over the years, a big question has been when the story will come to an end. Rumors that Season 8 will be the last have now seemingly be confirmed by none other than Danes herself, who said this about Season 8 as the last season and how she's feeling about it:

Yeah, that's it. Really conflicted. She's a lot, this Carrie frickin' Mathison. She's under constant duress. It's a workout! I'll be ready for a reprieve from that, but I've never done anything this long.

Rumors have abounded for a while that Homeland would come to an end after Season 8, and Claire Danes sounded pretty certain in her comments during a recent chat on The Howard Stern Show. Although a representative for Showtime has said that the network has yet to make an official decision for the show potentially going beyond an eighth season, fans probably want to start preparing themselves for the end. Danes' comments don't leave a lot of wiggle room about her readiness to move on from the role of Carrie Mathison, and there's no Homeland without Carrie Mathison.

Of course, we shouldn't rule out the show trying to reboot itself with a new team behind the scenes and in front of the camera, but the time really may have come to let the show come to a graceful end. Besides, if the plan is to make Season 8 the last, the show should have plenty of time to craft a solid finale that ties off loose ends and delivers something satisfying to longtime viewers. Season 7 is currently still on the air.

That said, there's not a whole lot of Season 7 left. The Season 7 finale will hit the airwaves on Sunday, April 29 at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime. The good news for fans is that they haven't had to worry even a little bit about Homeland getting a premature axe and ending after Season 7. Homeland scored a huge renewal from Showtime back in 2016. The network ordered Season 7 and Season 8 of the series before the sixth season went into production! The huge renewal may be a sign that Showtime won't want to let Homeland go, but there's also every chance that Showtime is simply waiting until the time is right to hand down the official news that the show will be done after Season 8.

We can only wait and see at this point. The remaining episodes of Homeland Season 7 air on Sundays at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime. For your viewing options once Homeland is finished for the season, swing by our midseason TV premiere guide and summer TV premiere schedule. If you need to know which network shows have had their fates already decided for the 2018-2019 TV season, swing by our rundown of TV renewals and cancellations.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).