Homeland is set for a change of pace when it returns later this year for a fifth season.

Speaking on the opening night of the PaleyFest 2015 in Los Angeles, the show's executive producer and director, Alex Gansa, shared a "tiny, tiny teaser" about what's next in store for Claire Danes' character, Carrie Mathison.

Not only will the show jump forward two-and-a-half years, Gansa also revealed that Mathison will "no longer be an intelligence officer".

Gansa also announced that drama will be filming in Germany, without confirming that the upcoming story line will be set in that country.

Earlier this year, Showtime president David Nevins first prompted reports of Homeland's change of scene at the Television Critics Association press tour, saying: "The real franchise of the show is how difficult it is to be America in the world in the 21st century, how difficult the choices are.

"I think that's a story that will remain relevant for as long as they can come up with new stories. It could be Africa, it could be Europe, it could be back in another place in the Middle East."