What we had all predicted around here but lacked official (i.e., Showtime-provided) confirmation of is now clear. Season 8 will be the show’s last and will premiere in June 2019. Principal production on season 8 is set to begin in January.
Gansa’s official statement:
Homeland has been the most joyful and rewarding experience of my career. Not many have been as lucky as me — partnered with the miraculous Claire Danes, supported to the ends of the earth by Fox and Showtime, and working in the company of some of the most gifted writers, actors, and filmmakers in the business. I am sad to see the journey coming to an end, but it is time.
Additional background and fodder: per David Nevins, Claire and Alex said that they wanted season 8 to be the last and he asked them to sleep on it. Cue the strange PR strategy during Claire’s Pod Tour of America. David Nevins was also adamant during the executive session at the TCAs that the show is not being canceled but rather coming to its natural conclusion. (For the show’s flagship series for the last eight years, this distinction makes sense. Apparently he also made a Dexter/lumberjack joke.)