Fifth season of 'Homeland' to flash forward by 2 years; Carrie will no longer be CIA officer

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The upcoming season of 'Homeland' will be set in Germany, take a two-year forward jump, and Claire Danes' character, Carrie Mathison, will no longer be an intelligence officer, said executive producer Alex Gansa Friday at the opening night of PaleyFest.

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LOS ANGELES — Time will fly between the fourth and fifth season of the Showtime spy drama "Homeland," the series' executive producer Alex Gansa said.

"We're going to take about a two-year forward jump," Gansa said Friday at the opening night of PaleyFest, the annual TV celebration at the Dolby Theatre.

On the purple carpet, Gansa said the next "Homeland" season will be filmed in Europe, most likely in Berlin. He said the setting would be Germany.

The fourth season of "Homeland" was shot in Cape Town, South Africa, which doubled for Islamabad and Kabul.

Gansa later told the PaleyFest audience that CIA officer Carrie Mathison, played by series star Claire Danes, will no longer be an intelligence officer.

Many of the "Homeland" crew members said the fourth season was critical to the series, given the death of the character of Brody, portrayed by Damian Lewis, on the third season. So the show got a "reboot," said director Lesli Linka Glatter, referring to the fourth season's new plot direction and darker-than-ever twists.

Showtime renewed the show for a fifth season in November.

PaleyFest organizers said about 20,000 fans were expected over the course of the 10-day festival.

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