Despite Showtime's Homeland tackling matters in the Middle East for the past four seasons, it will not be featuring ISIS in the upcoming fifth season.
Homeland executive producer Alex Gansa appeared at PaleyFest 2015 in Los Angeles Friday where he said that they were asked not to directly tackle ISIS in the new season.
"For the last four seasons, Homeland has tried to portray our adversaries and humanize them," Gansa said. "If you look at Abu Nazir, even look at Brody, or look at Haqqani this past season, there was a real effort to make their concerns and their lives understandable. That is very hard to do with ISIS."
Gansa suggested that it is essentially impossible to humanize ISIS in any way.
"It's very difficult to do because what they are doing on the ground feels so medieval and so horrible that you give them a platform on television I'm a little wary of; to try to make what they are talking about understandable or relatable is very difficult."
Season 5 of Homeland will actually be very different from season 4 as they will be filming primarily in Europe instead of South Africa. The season will also feature a two-and-a-half year time jump from season 4.
"The show will be set in Germany this year, Carrie [Claire Danes] will be out of the intelligence agency is going to be a different show again and that is what is it fresh and that is what keeps it ask wanting to do it and we want to keep producing it as a higher level," Gansa said.
One thing that will continue as always is the presence of Danes, who quipped at PaleyFest that she is "contractually obligated" to return before adding that Carrie Mathison is her "dream job."
Homeland is expected to return for season 5 in the fall on Showtime, though the network has not yet announced a specific premiere date.