Isis 'too evil' to feature in Homeland season five

Screenwriters have been asked not to give the extremist group a platform

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Isis is “too evil” to feature on the upcoming fifth season of Homeland as it is “very difficult to make them relatable”.

Executive producer Alex Ganza admitted that the hit Showtime drama’s writers have been asked not to give the extremist group a platform on television, despite dealing with brutal terror and torture before.

“For the last four seasons, Homeland has tried to portray our adversaries and humanise them,” he said at the Paley Fest in LA when asked if future Isis storylines are being considered.

“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.”

Ganza thinks attempting to portray the murderous likes of Jihadi John would be a “tall order” that he would be “nervous about doing”.

“What [Isis, also known as the Islamic State] is doing on the ground feels so medieval and so horrible that to try and make what they are talking about understandable or relatable is very difficult,” he continued, according to the Daily Mail.

“Maybe this is too soon, maybe we don’t understand them well enough. It may be that they are just too evil to dramatise on television.

“It’s a question that we wrestle with because one of the great things about Homeland is that we are able to comment on current events in a way a lot of shows aren’t able to do.”

Recent news on Homeland season five suggests that Carrie, played by Claire Danes, will be out of the intelligence agency two and a half years later for episodes set in Germany.