The fourth season of Homeland distinctly earned back some of the credit from its first three years of Brody-driven shenanigans, and Season 5's relocation to Eastern Europe similarly seems to shake things up for the better. A new preview for the season offers our most footage yet, while showrunners promise to touch on Putin, ISIS, Charlie Hebdo and more.

A new video from The Hollywood Reporter goes the most in-depth on the season yet, as we pick up with Carrie in Berlin two years after the events of Season 4. Quinn (Rupert Friend) seems to have returned from whatever black op pulled him away, while Saul has become something of a company man, and story shifts focus to hacking in the information age, and the trading of government secrets.

In addition, Showtime boss David Nevins offered some strong insight into topical new focuses for the season:

The first episode’s going to real deal with Russia, being right next to Russia — what’s Putin up to? What’s going on with this tricky relationship there? It deals with ISIS. [Homeland producers have] shown the ability to have a new fresh story. I feel like this story is a very fresh story. Its themes, I think, will resonate with people. Charlie Hebdo. [NSA leaker Edward] Snowden. It’s interesting elements to this season that brings a lot of things together.

So reads the official synopsis for Homeland Season 5:

Season five will pick up two years after Carrie Mathison’s ill-fated tenure as Islamabad station chief. Struggling to reconcile her guilt and disillusionment with years of working on the front lines in the ‘war on terror,’ Carrie finds herself in a self-imposed exile in Berlin, estranged from the CIA and working for a private security firm.

In addition to its move abroad, Homeland Season 5 will feature Lord of the Rings alum Miranda Otto as the Berlin Chief of Station, working under Saul, along with Inglourious Basterds star Alexander Fehling as Carrie’s boyfriend and legal counsel for the Düring Foundation, for which Sarah Sokolovic’s American journalist character works.

You can check out the previous Homeland Season 5 spots below, and stay tuned for more from the October 4 premiere.

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