When Homeland returns for season 6, a woman will be headed to the White House – no matter which real-life candidate wins the election this fall.
Speaking at an event in New York on Tuesday night about the Showtime series, star Claire Danes revealed Homeland will have a female president-elect. Danes said the character won’t necessarily be like Hillary Clinton, who locked up the Democratic nomination for president on Tuesday, but instead is “kind of a composite of all of the different candidates and a kind of – not rebellious necessarily – but she’s challenging norms and is a little threatening for that reason.” Danes added the character “gets along with Carrie Mathison pretty well.”
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Last month, it was revealed Homeland will tackle the election in its new season. According to a release from Showtime, season 6 occurs during “a strange, transitional time in the halls of government filled with anxiety and different competing interests, where a very fragile and complex transfer of power takes place between the outgoing president and the incoming president-elect.”
“There is this strange period in America where there are 72 days when it’s not exactly clear who’s in charge, and there is a new president that needs to be educated on what it means to be president,” showrunner Alex Gansa told Entertainment Weekly last month. “That is a very complex transfer of power filled with all kinds of anxiety and different competing interests – How do I get the ear of the new president? How does the new president elect deal with the president that’s going out? – and it’s a dangerous time in our democracy.”
Showtime recently revealed Homeland season 6 will be pushed to January 2017, rather than debut in the fall.
Reporting by JOEY NOLFI