Reflecting on this past season, I wondered if it’s fair to expect the show to act like a magic genie, foretelling trends in international security and politics each season without fail. Probably not, although it has been right on the money in recent years, from the Iranian nuclear deal to terror attacks across Europe.
This season, however, felt a bit out of step with the times. The president-elect character, Elizabeth Keane, felt like a Hillary Clinton analog. The storyline of potential Iranian cheating on the nuclear deal with North Korean assistance failed to predict that the latter country’s misdeeds would become top priority.
Plus, while Homeland focused on a fraught presidential transition, in the real world we are astonished by the allegations of Russian interference in the US election itself.