If it seems like forever since we last saw a new episode of Showtime's Homeland, well, it sort of has. But no worries, Homeland returns to Showtime following Dexter on Sunday nights beginning on Sept. 30.
Season one focused on 'Carrie Mathison' (Claire Danes), a troubled CIA agent, and 'Sgt. Nicholas Brody' (Damien Lewis), a long-imprisoned former marine who Carrie suspected had been 'turned' (brainwashed) during his captivity and who she believed was an imminent threat to National Security. Carrie tired to convince her handler, "Saul Berenson," (Mandy Patinkin) of her convictions and despite his willingness to allow her to continue to attempt to gather more intel on Brody, ultimately Carrie was thwarted, coming up empty-handed and in a state of emotional breakdown after falling in love with Brody. When last we saw Carrie, she was beginning an ECT treatment just as she was recalling a critical piece of the Brody puzzle, leaving the audience wondering if she would ever again recall that information. Had Carrie's search for the truth come to a screeching halt, just like her career with the CIA? (cont.)
Meanwhile, the audience discovered that Brody had indeed been turned along with his marine buddy and that they both answered to the terrorist mastermind who turned them, 'Abu Nazir.' Both men had directives to cause a great deal of chaos at the highest levels of the U.S. government and to a degree, both were successful in completing their missions though not without difficulties both in their personal lives and their missions that will most probably resonate, at least for Brody, in season 2.
Brody is now a few months into his inaugural term as a freshman Congressman and though he is still working for the enemy his reintegration into his former non-marine life is picking away at him. After failing to complete his mission to cause a catastrophe by blowing up some of the Joint Chiefs, the Vice President, and himself he convinces Abu Nasir that he could still be effective by gathering intel from within the government.
With Carrie's mental illness in the open and her non-authorized, unconventional way of attempting to 'out' Brody, she herself is out--of the CIA. Even so, as the sneak peek and promo #1 that I've embedded here shows, Carrie is still very much in the mix, appearing to go deep undercover and again finding herself in some really effed up situations with her life yet again in jeopardy. For his part, Brody appears to be as paranoid as ever but at the same time looks to be moving along with his plan to wreak havoc from within the hallowed halls of the CIA and the White House. Sounds like we will be joining them shortly for another roller coaster ride of intrigue, suspense, danger and drama in just a few weeks!
Claire Danes returns in her Golden Globe winning role (VIDEO):
Homeland season 2 premieres on 9/30 at 10PM ET/PT.
Homeland : Season 2 Trailer #1 (VIDEO):
The first official trailer for Homeland season 2. Premieres on Showtime Sunday September 30th at 10PM ET/PT.
After the Jump: Homeland - Sseason 2 - Press Release SPOILERS:
Homeland - Season 2 - Press Release SPOILERS:In the wake of Israeli air strikes against Iran, the Middle East threatens to erupt in fresh violence. In Beirut, flags bearing the Star of David, and the Red, White, and Blue, burn in the streets. A woman swims through the chaos towards the American embassy, trying to make contact. The abused wife of a Hezbollah commander, she carries information about an attack – retaliation against Israel’s ally, the United States. But this would-be informant insists she will only speak to her one-time CIA handler: Carrie Mathison.
The problem: Carrie Mathison is no longer with the Agency. The disgraced ex-officer is on the slow path to recovery, after her manic flight in Season One nearly crashed the political career of American hero Nicholas Brody. Months after her expulsion from the CIA, the adventure and turmoil that once defined Carrie’s life is now a dull memory, replaced by regular ECT treatment and her father and sister’s protective cocoon. It’s this fragile new existence that Carrie’s former colleagues Saul Berenson and David Estes threaten to shatter, when they come to her door asking for help.
Meanwhile Nicholas Brody, several months into his inaugural term as a freshman Congressman, finds himself buffeted daily by competing agendas. Everyone has a plan for him – whether it’s Vice President William Walden, fellow Marine Mike Faber, or terrorist mastermind Abu Nazir. While Brody strives to change the face of American foreign policy without bloodshed, he learns that doing so may not be good enough for Nazir. And with every lie he tells, the walls around him close in a little tighter, threatening to bring Brody down, along with his family and everything they’ve achieved since his return.
As the situation at home and abroad escalates, Carrie and Brody’s worlds will collide yet again, deepening a relationship built on lies, suspicion and longing. Will Carrie finally be vindicated for the truth she was so close to
uncovering? Can Brody keep his head above water, as opposing powers play him like a pawn? Whoever gains the upper hand in this dangerous pairing, neither Carrie nor Brody will come out of it unscathed.