Homeland: Season 2 (2012)


Season 2

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Homeland is proving itself one of the best thrillers on television, as its second season ratchets up the tension and benefits from increased chemistry between its stars.



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Air date: Sep 30, 2012

In the Season 2 premiere, Brody learns he is the political "future of the party," and receives a tantalizing offer from the vice president, while a recovering Carrie receives a disturbing request from a surprising source. In Beirut, Saul gets involved in some cloak-and-dagger doings.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2012

Carrie reluctantly returns to Beirut and an operation that might possibly spell the end of Abu Nazir; back in Washington, Brody is pressed into service by his handler, and his relationship with Jessica deteriorates. Meanwhile, Capt. Mike Faber has questions about the shooting of Elizabeth Gaines.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2012

The results of Carrie's Beirut mission lead her to believe that she'll be rejoining the CIA; and Brody discovers that the bomb maker is on a watch list and in imminent danger of being caught. Meanwhile, Jessica steps into the political spotlight.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2012

Estes green-lights a covert mission based on intelligence gleaned from Beirut, and picks his own trusted operative to lead it; and Brody is shocked to bump into Carrie at Langley. Meanwhile, Dana and the vice president's son appear to have something in common.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2012

Brody finds himself imprisoned again, only this time it's in the United States. Meanwhile, Carrie's rash judgment call at the hotel results in Estes trying to keep Jessica off their trail; and Dana's relationship with Finn heats up as their date night takes an unexpected turn.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2012

Dana's visit to the hospital proves shocking; Faber's interest in Tom Walker piques the CIA's interest; Brody agrees to team with Carrie and Quinn to prevent an attack on the U.S., but his loyalty is called to the fore when Gettysburg once again becomes a focal point of a pivotal engagement.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2012

In the aftermath of the ambush, Carrie and the team scramble to gain control of the operation, while Brody attends a well-heeled fund-raiser at a Virginia horse farm. Elsewhere, Saul drops in on Aileen, who is in solitary confinement, hoping she can shed some light on the latest attack; and a conflicted Dana leans on Finn to fess up to their crime.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2012

Brody's juggling of alliances appear to be leading him to a major meltdown, so Carrie, against Quinn's orders, stages a dicey intervention. Meanwhile, a conflicted Dana seeks comfort from an unlikely source.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2012

Things for Brody are threatening to spiral out of control, forcing him to make a phone call he has been avoiding; Carrie preps for a pivotal meeting; Saul teams with Virgil and Max for an assignment.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2012

Brody and Walden develop a chink in their political relationship, and it may impact their future, while Dana and Finn come to an understanding concerning their differences. Meanwhile, Carrie discovers she's not as looped in as she thought.

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Months after undergoing electroconvulsive therapy, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is living a relatively peaceful life with her father and sister as the second series of the conspiracy thriller begins. But her mental health is threatened when she accepts a mission to return to Beirut and gather intelligence from the wife of a Hezbollah leader, a woman who once was one of Carrie's most valued sources. Carrie can't resist the possibility of bringing down terrorist Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) and perhaps being reinstated at the CIA. In Washington, D.C., congressman Brody (Damian Lewis) is being groomed as a potential vice-presidential running mate, but Saul (Mandy Patinkin) makes an alarming discovery that puts a serious dent in Brody's plans. Trouble also brews in the Brody household when Brody's daughter Dana (Morgan Saylor) outs him as a Muslim to her mother Jessica (Morena Baccarin), who is enjoying life as the newest member of the Capitol's inner circle. Dana's life becomes even more complicated when she and the vice president's son inadvertently commit a crime while out on a joy ride. Throughout it all, Carrie is increasingly drawn to Brody, even though he is the willing pawn of the world's most feared terrorist.

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Critic Reviews for Homeland Season 2

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (28)

It's a refreshingly artful hybrid: cable brains spliced with network brawn.

Sep 17, 2013 | Full Review…

With the bar set at "Emmy," Homeland has little room to falter. With this return episode, it doesn't.

Sep 30, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Still good this season - just not as good.

Sep 30, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Homeland, the best new series last season, is back in riveting form.

Sep 30, 2012 | Full Review…

It's even flavored with a bit of sexism, since there are no other high-ranking CIA agents shown who are female.

Dec 3, 2019 | Full Review…

There is a point in Homeland's second season where this ceases to be a slow-burning espionage thriller and turns into a silly season of 24. Still, there are enough great moments to keep your interest. For now.

Nov 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Powerful return for Emmy-winning war-on-terror thriller.

Jul 22, 2018 | Full Review…

The problem with the Brody-Carrie "love" is that it is unconvincing, and it is unconvincing for many reasons having to do with common sense.

Mar 28, 2017 | Full Review…

Homeland came out of the gate strong in Season 2, opening with a five-episode run that blew up the show's relationships and overall plot in eye-opening, mind-blowing ways.

Sep 10, 2013 | Full Review…

It's been a good season of Homeland, though no where near as excellent as last year. Let's hope they have better thing in store for us come season 3.

Sep 27, 2013 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The show is usually better when it focuses on its character moments.

Sep 30, 2012 | Full Review…

It's by far the best show on television.

Sep 30, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Homeland: Season 2

  • Sep 28, 2020
    Homeland delivers a thrilling second season as the stakes get higher and secrets are revealed. When Brody's suicide tape is discovered during a mission in Beirut, Carrie is brought back into the CIA to run an operation to uncover Body's terrorist cell; meanwhile Vice President Walden courts Body as a potential running mate for the upcoming election. Once again Claire Danes and Damian Lewis give excellent performances that are extremely compelling. And the writers do an extraordinary job at building the tension and suspense, and at constructing the season story arc. They also continue to probe topical sociopolitical issues in interesting ways. Additionally, the action scenes are intense and exciting, heightening the drama, and enough can't be said about the mind-bending season finale that changes everything. Delving deep into the world of espionage, terrorism, and politics, Season 2 of Homeland is incredibly powerful and full of intrigue.
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  • Nov 01, 2020
    Nicht alle Aspekte des Deals mit diesem Unternehmen sind ideal
  • Aug 14, 2020
    American propaganda us against them type of thing. Truly detestable only white americans warmongers love this type of BS.
  • May 05, 2020
    Homeland is one of those shows that makes people think about everything that goes on around the world, related not only to CIA, GRU, ISI, but most importantly it teaches you to put things into perspective and not judge people directly. Everyone has their reasons and their causes for behaving in certain ways, but the most important thing is being able to realize that people think differently for many reasons. It is not the worst, it's what makes us human in the first place. This show is about putting yourself in someone else's shoes. It sounds cliché, but it might save the day, the month, the year or the world! Regarding the show, the actors are amazing. Don't stop watching after season 3.
  • Apr 26, 2020
    typical series about cia/fbi stuff between us vs m.e.
  • Feb 05, 2019
    Great writing, unexpected twists and turns. Fantastic performances by Damien Lewis, Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin. It may be a slight step down from the magic of the first season - but I am still hooked.
  • Jul 29, 2017
    Surprised at the overall reactions of this series, and thus its popularity (but then, "Friends" was once the #1 TV show in America, so, what can I really expect? I watched the first two seasons, and got terribly bored from: A) the TERRIBLE acting, particularly by Claire Danes (god, she's HORRIBLE in it; whether that's the directors she's working with or what?), it was almost unwatchable, and so TYPICALLY "TV" B-quality crap acting. B) the OBVIOUS propagandist nature of the series... in this sense, Mandy Patinkin's participation (and I REALLY like him as an actor) is OBVIOUS in his Pro-Isreal / Anti-Muslim rhetoric, in the scripting, and his acting (the sheer horror in his face when this question of division between the two sides of this conflict supercedes his acting of the role he's playing, his hatefulness is that obvious, to me). But generally, the overall production is SO Flag-Waving USA We're SO Persecuted Yet Innocent !!! (Wei she ma ta men bu shi wan wa men ?!?!?) I couldn't keep watching. Yes, it is timely and maybe even accurate, if you want to compare it to the over-reaction of Western / Muslim phobia that is propagated by Western main stream media! But seriously ???? C) The writing overall was just so main-stream "TV-Lame". Maybe it got better over the years? After 2 seasons, I couldn't see it trending in that direction. Generally bored, overtly unimpressed by the acting quality, and implicitly offended by the propagandist crap. To be clear, my personal viewpoint is not Pro-anything or Anit-anything; I am of Western origin, raised in a Christian environment, but there are two sides to every story. This program doesn't try to remotely consider the circumstances of life today with any objectivity what-so-ever. That's disappointing. Hey, but that's just me!
  • Jun 06, 2017
    With the bar set incredibly high by the show’s debut season, it is to huge credit to the show’s crew and cast that they have somehow managed to maintain the highest of standards in the show’s second season. Danes and Lewis once again give powerhouse performances that are recognised at the Emmys and Golden Globes. The season flows exceptionally well, and when the viewers begin to relax they are shocked back into a state of nervous excitement by events of intrigue, heart-pounding action and mind blowing revelations. From episode eight all the way through to the final episode (twelve) there is an anything-can-happen edge that lurks at the back of your mind, and these episodes are potentially the best episodes Homeland has released. Danes’ performance as the bipolar counter-terrorism analyst is extraordinary in its realism and accuracy as well as her dramatic delivery. The chemistry between Carrie and Brody is palpable throughout the season, especially the scenes at the cabin as their character’s imbalances come together in an understandable and beautiful way. Both Carrie and Brody have evolved this season, Brody is no longer just the poster boy of the war on terror, he has become so much more, he battles against all the different personalities he has, trying to find the one that he belongs to. We do not truly know which one he belongs to which makes for hypnotic viewing as we are not sure whether to trust him or not. The second season of Homeland sets pulses racing, stomachs churning and minds strategising. This suspenseful terrorism drama is one of my favourite shows, it reminds me of Spooks (a BBC spy-drama series 2002-11), in its realistic portrayal of the western counter-terrorism strategies. I am having a break from Homeland before I begin watching season three, as I am watching Mr. Robot, Westworld and The Big Bang Theory. https://rwh92.wordpress.com/
  • Mar 15, 2017
    One of the best tv series I have seen
  • Mar 13, 2017
    Not as good as season 1, but still very good.

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