Ok, real talk. Carrie might be killed off either way. If season 8 is the last for the entire series, or even if it’s just the last season for Claire Danes. I know that anything can happen–it is Homeland after all–but after the season 7 finale, I’m feeling hopeful in regards to Carrie and where she will ultimately end up. Which, I admit, is a little odd, given the fact that the last we saw of Carrie, she had clearly lost her mind in a Russian asylum and didn’t seem to recognize Saul.
If Carrie lives, her absence in future seasons could easily be explained. They could say something like she is living on a beach somewhere or currently living a quiet life in New Mexico with Franny, playing board games and writing her memoirs. I don’t think Showtime is going to dictate where Carrie ends up based on whether or not the show continues. It would continue in spite of it. So I wouldn’t be too worried… at least not yet.