Don’t get ready to say goodbye to Quinn just yet.
Though the fate of Homeland’s grounding character, played by Rupert Friend, was left hanging in the balance at the conclusion of the fifth season, the Showtime drama’s co-creator is optimistic about Peter Quinn’s return.
“I will say that Quinn, who is extraordinary … has a good chance of coming back,” Howard Gordon told The Hollywood ReporterFriday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, following a panel for his new Fox series Second Chance. “The way we’re thinking about bringing him back — if he does come back — is really exciting to me personally,” he added.
Gordon acknowledged that the writers gave Friend, whose character suffered from sarin gas poisoning, challenging material this past season. “Especially when you’re talking about a young man who is so physically vibrant,” he said, “we really put him through the ringer. The 24 alum’s remarks echo those made by Showtime’s programming president, Gary Levine, during the cabler’s TCA panel earlier in the week. “Quinn is severely damaged — there is no question about it. The life or death question remains,” he told the room full of reporters. “If he should live, it will not be in any way, shape or form the way he has lived to date.”
While Showtime’s CEO David Nevins refused to offer any additional details about what's in store for Quinn ("I know and have seen exactly as much as you guys have seen,” he said on Tuesday, “and clearly, there is no definitive answer given”), he did reveal other tidbits about the drama, including that the sixth season will take place in New York and that it isn't ending anytime soon.
"I have in vague ways [talked about a finale] with Alex," said Nevins. "He tends to attack his seasons one by one. I think that's one of the strengths of show. Needless to say, it's going to be in their control." Added Levine: "The good news is, it's not imminent."