The Homeland cast & crew with execs Matt Blank, Dana Walden and Bert Salke.Twitter/Homeland

Homeland season 6 will not hit small screens anytime soon. But speculations are already rife that the sequel will primarily focus on family dramas and friendships.

The creators and lead cast members of the hit political thriller have been updating their fans with tids and bits of the upcoming season. They have already talked about the return of Peter Quinn and his relationship with Carrie Mathison and Saul Berenson. They even indicated that season 6 will have many heartbreaking scenes between the lead cast members, including Dar Adal.

During the recently-concluded Paleyfest in New York, creator Alex Gansa revealed that they are not interested in contributing to fear this year. "The very first thing we decided was that Homeland is not going to dramatize anything in the US that does not actually exist," he added.

Meanwhile, cast member Mandy Patinkin stated that the HBO series has always been about family. He even teased about his character's relationship with the former CIA officer and said, "We have a magical character in Carrie. She is like the Vitamix. She makes us all a stronger person. To me, it is this relationship. It is why he is bothering to live."

In addition, actor F. Murray Abraham requested followers of Homeland not to hate his character, Dar Adal. "Fear him, but understand. I have a great deal of respect and love for him. As far as his backstory, that's my business," he said.

As the political thriller is being prepared to deliver the storyline that could be appealing to viewers, it can be assumed that Claire Danes' character will reunite with her friends and Abraham's character will have a major role to play in the upcoming season.

The sequel will also introduce a new set of cast members, including Elizabeth Marvel as the junior senator Elizabeth Keane, who gets elected as the president of the United States, Hill Harper as the White House chief of staff to President Keane, Dominic Fumusa as FBI special agent Ray Conlin and Robert Knepper as General Jamie McClendon.

Showtime will premiere Homeland season 6 in January 2017 and fans have already got a glimpse of it through the Critics Rave Trailer released last week. Watch the promo below: