Homeland (season 7)
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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Original release||February 11 –|
April 29, 2018
The seventh season of the American television drama series Homeland premiered on February 11, 2018, and concluded on April 29, 2018, on Showtime, consisting of 12 episodes. The series started as a loosely based variation of the two-season run of the Israeli television series Hatufim (חטופים; English: Prisoners of War) created by Gideon Raff and is developed for American television by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.
Carrie has left her job in the White House and is living with her sister Maggie. She takes on the Keane administration to secure the release of the 200 members of the intelligence community who were arrested under President Keane's orders the previous season.
Cast and characters
- Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, former CIA member and former White House advisor to President Keane now residing in Washington, D.C. with her sister Maggie
- Elizabeth Marvel as Elizabeth Keane, the current President of the United States
- Maury Sterling as Max Piotrowski, a freelance surveillance expert
- Linus Roache as David Wellington, White House Chief of Staff
- Jake Weber as Brett O'Keefe, TV host and provocateur
- Morgan Spector as Dante Allen, an FBI agent and old friend of Carrie’s who is looking into the hundreds of people President Keane has detained
- Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, Carrie's former boss and mentor and the new National Security Advisor
- Amy Hargreaves as Maggie Mathison, M.D., Carrie's sister
- Dylan Baker as Sam Paley, a maverick United States Senator from Arizona who is leading an aggressive investigation into the Keane administration
- Ellen Adair as Janet Bayne, Paley's Chief of Staff
- Mackenzie Astin as Bill Dunn, Carrie's brother-in-law who works for the Treasury Department
- Courtney Grosbeck as Josie Mathison-Dunn, Carrie's niece who is staunchly anti-Keane
- Lesli Margherita as Sharon Aldright, O'Keefe's assistant
- Claire and McKenna Keane as Frances "Franny" Mathison, Carrie and Brody's daughter
- Sandrine Holt as Simone Martin, Wellington's fiancé and an undercover Russian military intelligence captain
- Matt Servitto as FBI Special Agent Maslin
- Sakina Jaffrey as Dr. Lori Meyer, Carrie's psychiatrist
- David Maldonado as Bo Elkins, who provides sanctuary to O'Keefe
- Colton Ryan as J.J. Elkins, Bo's son
- Costa Ronin as Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeny Gromov, a Russian GRU Senior Operations Officer
- James D'Arcy as Thomas Anson, a former special ops agent
- William Popp as Stein, a member of Thomas Anson's circle
- Clé Bennett as Dominique "Doxie" Marquis, also a member of Anson's circle
- Ari Fliakos as Carter Bennet, also a member of Anson's circle
- Catherine Curtin as Sandy Langmore, a former CIA officer, professor and member of Saul's task force
- Peter Vack as Clint Prower, a computer expert and a member of Saul's task force
- Beau Bridges as Vice President Ralph Warner
- Elya Baskin as Viktor Makarov, Ambassador of Russia to the United States
- Merab Ninidze as Colonel Sergei Mirov, Gromov's GRU superior
- Damian Young as Jim, head of the CIA's Moscow Station
- Robert Knepper as General Jamie McClendon
- Julee Cerda as Reiko Umon
- Barbara Rosenblat as Attorney General Hoberman
- Frederic Lehne as General Rossen
- Mark Ivanir as Ivan Krupin, a former Russian intelligence agent
- Jennifer Ferrin as Charlotte, a Russian agent
- Tricia Paoluccio as Audrey Navarro
- Thomas G. Waites as Clayton, a Russian agent
- Adrienne C. Moore as Rhonda, Carrie's lawyer
- Marin Hinkle as Christine Lonas, a youth care social worker
- F. Murray Abraham as Dar Adal
- Geoff Pierson as Senator Richard Eames, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|73||1||"Enemy of the State"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Debora Cahn & Alex Gansa||February 11, 2018||7WAH01||1.22|
|74||2||"Rebel Rebel"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Patrick Harbinson & Chip Johannessen||February 18, 2018||7WAH02||1.12|
|75||3||"Standoff"||Michael Klick||Anya Leta & Ron Nyswaner||February 25, 2018||7WAH03||1.26|
|76||4||"Like Bad at Things"||Alex Graves||Chip Johannessen & Patrick Harbinson||March 4, 2018||7WAH04||0.93|
|77||5||"Active Measures"||Charlotte Sieling||Debora Cahn||March 11, 2018||7WAH05||1.32|
|78||6||"Species Jump"||Michael Offer||Anya Leta & Ron Nyswaner||March 18, 2018||7WAH06||1.25|
|79||7||"Andante"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Patrick Harbinson & Chip Johannessen||March 25, 2018||7WAH07||1.28|
|80||8||"Lies, Amplifiers, Fucking Twitter"||Tucker Gates||Patrick Harbinson & Chip Johannessen||April 1, 2018||7WAH08||1.22|
|81||9||"Useful Idiot"||Nelson McCormick||Debora Cahn||April 8, 2018||7WAH09||1.24|
|82||10||"Clarity"||Dan Attias||Howard Gordon & Ron Nyswaner||April 15, 2018||7WAH10||1.28|
|83||11||"All In"||Alex Graves||Patrick Harbinson & Chip Johannessen||April 22, 2018||7WAH11||1.39|
|84||12||"Paean to the People"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Alex Gansa||April 29, 2018||7WAH12||1.30|
The series was renewed for a seventh and eighth season in August 2016. For this season, Maury Sterling, Jake Weber and Linus Roache were promoted to series regulars; Sterling has been recurring since the first season, while Weber and Roache both first appeared in the sixth season. The seventh season began production on September 11, 2017, filming in Richmond, Virginia. Filming wrapped in Budapest, Hungary on March 29, 2018.
The writers initially planned for the series' seventh and eighth seasons to comprise a two-season arc, but current events surrounding the U.S. government convinced them to instead continue the arc from Season 6 into Season 7. Showrunner Alex Gansa said "Given the swirl of news about the Administration’s war with its own intelligence community, “It was just hard not to do it. It was hard to say ‘OK, let’s go tell a story in Paris. Let’s go tell a story in South America.’ Something very significant is happening in all our lives right now”.
The seventh season of Homeland has received generally positive reviews from critics. On Metacritic, the season (based on the first episode only) has a score of 65 out of 100 based on 6 reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has an approval rating of 80% with an average rating of 7.7 out of 10 based on 19 reviews. The site's critical consensus is, "Though it lacks the series' patented agonizing suspense, Homeland's seventh season remains an engaging drama by embracing its pulpier elements and pitting Claire Danes' magnetic protagonist against the White House."
For the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards, the series received two nominations–Mandy Patinkin for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and F. Murray Abraham for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. Alex Gansa won the Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Drama for "Paean to the People" at the 71st Writers Guild of America Awards.
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