(From left) Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and Claire Danes move the action to Berlin in the new season of "Homeland." (From left) Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and Claire Danes move the action to Berlin in the new season of "Homeland." (From left) Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and Claire Danes move the action to Berlin in the new season of "Homeland." (Photo: Jim Fiscus / Showtime)

What you need to know about the new season of 'Homeland'

Season 5 secrets: locations, plot and new cast members revealed.

After four seasons of Mediterranean intrigue, “Homeland” is on the move. The show shifts its base of operations for its fifth season, which premieres Oct. 4 on Showtime and picks up three years after the 2014 finale. Carrie Mathison has left the CIA and is working for philanthropist Otto During’s foundation as head of security, but she soon finds herself having to deal once again with crises, her former CIA colleagues (including Saul Berenson) and a very dangerous and surprising assassin (we won’t spoil, but it’s a shocker!).

Here are some other things you need to know to get ready for the new season.

Season 5 is set in Berlin, Germany

Berlin's rich cultural history provides a fresh backdrop for this season's action.Berlin's rich cultural history provides a fresh backdrop for this season's action. (Photo: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

This is the first time an American television series will shoot entirely in the city and its environs. A village in Brandenburg south of Berlin was used for external shots, and all interior locations including CIA headquarters in Virginia were filmed at Studio Babelsberg in Potsdam outside Berlin. Movies filmed there include “The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Valkyrie,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” and “The Hunger Games.”

“Germany’s strict privacy laws make Berlin a safe haven for political activists, journalists, hackers, and artists. This rich cultural underground serves as an exciting juxtaposition to a city so rich in history,” says executive producer Lesli Link Glatter. “This makes for powerful storytelling and a wonderful visual palette, contrasting the old and the very new.”


There are four new cast members this season

Actor Alexander Fehling (right) plays Jonas Hollander a new love interest for Claire Danes' character.Actor Alexander Fehling (right) plays Jonas Hollander a new love interest for Claire Danes' character. (Photo: Stephan Rabold/Showtime)

"Homeland" is based on a hit television show from Israel, and shares some of the same producers. While the original ran for 24 episodes, the Showtime version has now doubled that number, which means we're constantly being introduced to new characters. For this new season, we welcome Sebastian Koch as Carrie’s boss Otto During, Miranda Otto as the CIA’s Berlin station chief Allison Carr, Sarah Sokolovic as American journalist Laura Sutton and Alexander Fehling as Jonas Hollander, legal counsel for the During Foundation and Carrie’s new love interest.

Look for both passionate scenes and clashes over Carrie’s ill-advised choices. “This show is not about harmony,” Fehling reminds. The German actor and Berlin resident appeared in Quentin Tarantino's “Inglourious Basterds” and also plays a lawyer in “Labyrinth of Lies,” Germany’s entry in this year’s Oscar race.


Claire Danes is multi-talented

She has won two Emmys, two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild award for her portrayal of Carrie Mathison, whose bipolar episodes and crises both personal and geopolitical have been fodder for fierce performances. Expect more of the same this season as Carrie gets sucked back into the kind of life or death situation she tried so hard to leave.

But it's not just her acting chops that impress us. In the video above, Danes revealed to Ellen DeGeneres about a new skill she picked up on the set in Berlin.

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