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– by Anthony Esteves

Next season will be the final CIA op for Carrie Mathison.

After months of speculation fueled by an exiting producer, Homeland star and executive producer Claire Danes has stated that the yet-to-be-filmed Season 8 will be the last for the Showtime terrorism drama series. The Hollywood Reporter had begun to break the story early Wednesday and Danes confirmed the rumors during a chat with Howard Stern.

“Yeah, that’s it,” Danes pronounced on Stern’s Sirius XM radio show. When asked how she felt about saying goodbye to Carrie, Danes admitted she’s “really conflicted” about it. “I’ll be ready,” Danes said. “She’s a lot, this Carrie fricking Mathison. I mean, she’s under constant duress. I mean, it’s a workout. So, I’ll be ready for a reprieve from that, but, you know, I’ve never done anything this long.” Danes is currently pregnant with her second child with husband with Hugh Dancy.

Homeland, premiering in 2011, told the story of a bipolar CIA operative (Danes) who is convinced that a POW (Damian Lewis, who now stars on Showtime’s Billions) has been turned by Al-Qaeda and is planning a terrorist attack. Created by producers Alex Gansa, longtime 24 producer Howard Gordon and writer Gideon Raff — based on his Israeli series Prisoners of War — quickly became one of the network’s highest-rated shows. Danes scored two Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Actress for her performance.The series also stars Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend and F. Murray Abraham.

The Season 7 finale of Homeland airs Sunday, April 29 on Showtime and the Showtime Anywhere app.

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