The good -- and surprising -- news is that Peter Quinn will be alive at all in "Homeland" Season 6. However, he will no longer be the Quinn we've come to know and love (and lust after -- just being honest). Rupert Friend recently spoke about his character for the first time since the Season 5 finale, telling Entertainment Weekly that he basically got a call saying Quinn would die last year, only for the character to return in the 2017 season, which premieres January 15 on Showtime.

Showrunner Alex Gansa revealed to EW that Rupert Friend actually wrote the touching letter from Quinn to Carrie (Claire Danes) that Carrie read in the Season 5 finale. It looked like Carrie was about to put Quinn out of his misery, but Gansa said their intention was to leave the ending ambiguous.

Now we know that Quinn survived, but he will be very much changed in Season 6.

"Peter has been to hell and come back, and not necessarily come back in one piece," Friend told EW. "He's not really even sure if his life is one that's worth living. [...] 'Homeland' is doing something I don't think any TV show has done before, where you have a character in Season 6 and he's basically unrecognizable from the previous seasons. Some will say, 'But where's my old friend?' But that's not the way the world works."

EW compared Quinn's new storyline to Season 1's focus on Brody (Damien Lewis.) As Gansa put it, "One of the very first ideas [executive producer Howard Gordon] and I had when we talked about 'Homeland' was there was no show on television dramatizing the return of our soldiers from Iraq and Afganistan. So now we really get to watch a true causality of the war on terror."

"Homeland" Season 6, Episode 1, "Fair Game," airs Sunday, January 15 at 9 p.m. on Showtime. Here's the synopsis: "Carrie returns home to the US with Franny to work as an advocate for Muslim Americans. Dar and Saul brief President-elect Keane. Quinn struggles with his new circumstances."

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Homeland
ShowtimeTVMAOctober 2, 2011
Based on 23 critics

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