The Affair: Season 2 (2015)

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The Affair

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The Affair shifts its emphasis in season two, moving psychological drama to the foreground and expanding the show's central crime story to include two new points of view.

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Air date: Oct 4, 2015

Season 2 begins with Noah and Helen attempting to conduct amicable divorce proceedings, but complications bring about inescapable conflict. Meanwhile, surprising developments in Helen's life lead to unexpected emotions.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2015

Alison's summer with Noah is interrupted by an unwelcome guest. Meanwhile, Cole's self-destructive lifestyle causes everyone to become concerned.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2015

Noah's undying love for Alison leads to serious consequences. Meanwhile, Alison discovers a surprising truth about how to sustain a marriage.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2015

Helen makes an innocent mistake that leads to outrageous consequences. Meanwhile, a court order leads to a dire setback for Noah and Alison.

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Air date: Nov 1, 2015

Alison is thrown by an unpleasant shift in behavior from her Hudson Valley hosts and furious with Noah after a chance discovery about his new book. Meanwhile, Cole rejects Scotty's plan to make money for the family and enjoys an unexpected connection with someone new; and Scotty catches Cole in a situation best kept secret.

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Air date: Nov 8, 2015

A medical emergency with Martin casts Helen and Noah's litigation process in a new light; Helen makes a long-overdue decision; Noah is surprised when Alison wants to stay with her mother at the Sousanna Institute and realizes that the dynamics of their relationship have shifted, which leads to some troublesome discoveries.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2015

Alison's mother raises concerns about Noah and Alison's new lifestyle; Alison confronts Noah about his revealing new book over Thanksgiving dinner; Cole lashes out at Luisa and is further alienated from his family in the wake of startling revelations.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2015

Helen is bewildered by Whitney's future plans; Helen surprises Noah with a difficult admission; Noah faces increased temptations when his fame escalates.

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Air date: Nov 29, 2015

Alison weathers a momentous journey alone; Helen receives unexpected attention from a sexy but exasperating source; Noah faces a terrible reckoning; Cole is pushed to the edge by an array of challenges.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2015

Noah grapples with some essential questions. Meanwhile, Alison begins to doubt a recent ambition, and renewed interactions with the Lockhart brothers force her to consider a harrowing possibility.

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Season two of The Affair explores the emotional and psychological effects of an affair that destroyed two marriages, and the crime that brings these individuals back together. The provocative drama is told separately from four different perspectives, revealing four distinct truths. Wilson plays Alison, a young woman attempting to move on from tragedy and build a lasting relationship while contending with the judgment of others and her own self-doubt. Her lover Noah (West) is a burgeoning writer trying to balance the temptations of success, the family he left behind, and the woman he loves. Noah's former wife Helen (Tierney) is attempting to piece her life together while navigating divorce proceedings care for her children, and her parents' noxious influence. Jackson plays Cole, Alison's former husband struggling to overcome past heartbreak and start a promising new life. -- (C) Showtime

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Critic Reviews for The Affair Season 2

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (17)

As in the first season, the most thrilling parts of each episode are the glimpses into the present day, when the characters are seen in the third person.

Oct 5, 2015 | Full Review…
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But having set my expectations lower, I found the new season to be perfectly satisfactory. The show has made a huge improvement just by increasing the number of point of view characters.

Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…
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After the season two premiere of The Affair, I was nearly ready to give up. Episode two is significantly stronger, and the cast here is committed enough to keep me interested.

Sep 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Its central gimmick of juxtaposing the conflicting, unreliable recollections of the illicit lovers Noah (Dominic West) and Alison (Ruth Wilson) spiralled into incoherence.

Oct 16, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The cast is tremendous, particularly Ruth Wilson as Alison, and its thoughtful investigation of the rippling shockwaves from an extramarital affair is compelling.

Jun 14, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The Showtime drama is nailing the tricky second season.

Oct 30, 2015 | Full Review…

We weren't sure we were going to be as interested in the story this time around, but it turns out, when you make the focus the characters and not all the salacious subplots, the experience of following along becomes much more rewarding.

Jun 21, 2018 | Full Review…

The Affair: A celebration of white male privilege in the literary world.

Aug 11, 2017 | Full Review…

The truth is, a drama about married couples, infidelity, and family dynamics is something I'd watch every week even if it wasn't done as well as The Affair.

Oct 5, 2015 | Full Review…

It's still slickly done and thoughtfully put together, stringing along a crime story that may be a confusing add on at first.

Oct 5, 2015 | Full Review…

I'm afraid I have even less interest in the possible homicide in which Noah's a suspect than I do in Noah and Alison as a couple.

Oct 2, 2015 | Full Review…

Season 2 improves on Season 1 by broadening the story to give us the points of view of the wronged spouses, Noah's wife, Helen (Maura Tierney,) and Alison's husband, Cole (Joshua Jackson.)

Oct 1, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Affair: Season 2

  • Apr 06, 2016
    After a flawless first season, The Affair manages to improve in its second with more storylines, more intrigue, more shocks, and continued excellence in performances and writing.
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  • Jul 08, 2019
    This show is unbearably frustrating. Let me summarize the episodes for you without spoilers. He gets angry with her. She gets angry with him. He can't ever react or say the right things and so she blows up. She flakes on him, he freaks out. They forgive each other for 5 minutes before the next rinse-and-repeat. They are as dysfunctional as they are unlikable. In fact, there isn't a single likable character on this show and I'm constantly wondering if it's intentional.
  • Dec 10, 2017
    Omg this is the best season so intriguing now you get to see the real depths of each storyline. I was hooked!
  • Feb 12, 2017
    I've watched this show from the start but I have to say season 3 is boring and awful. I fast forwarded through most all episodes. Don't feel any spark between the two characters nothing surprising just boring. I hope the writers do better or I won't be watching another season.
  • Jan 08, 2016
    Dense, intense and daring, the second season of The Affair challenges the most demanding spectator, both technically and especially emotionally, to explore the depths of human nature.
  • Jan 06, 2016
    Great character study in narcissism. All those involved are self absorbed numb skulls. There's nothing but fake love and pain in this show. The writing is great. My favorite episode this season is when Noah talks to his therapist. Lots of shock and awe in this one. We finally find out who killed Scott Lockhart.
  • Jan 02, 2016
    This series got better with every episode. The story develops with such subtlety that it is one of the most rewarding series ever. Not a single false note. And the way they ended season 2 was brilliant. (Don't worry, I won't give it away). They provide a satisfying conclusion to everything that has gone before and leave plenty of room to pick it up again. I can't wait for season 3.
  • Dec 21, 2015
    You stupid S#$!... This was an awesome season, I was skeptic at first about the two new point of views Helen/Cole but they were great... This show takes you on a roller coaster there is no black and white just grey and people... det. McNulty after this season Noah - Dominic West - this his reference now!!! he was great this season he was an A@!# A Douch A bad guy a good man and just stupid at the end!!! We know who killed Scouty at the finale and it was not that surprising, Allison was awesome but if I didn't see her in Luther because of this show I'd be :/ and I believe after this season she is the bad guy of this show :p and I wouldn't be surprised if she pulled a 'Gone Girl' :p in the third and final season! great role :) Next year is season finale... can't wait.
  • Dec 20, 2015
    The Affair's sophomore year excels by expanding two supporting roles from last season into POV characters, and by bringing the flash-forward story line to a satisfying conclusion. Throughout the season's 12 episodes, we see the characters fully develop, thanks to writing that never falters, and resounds as taut if nothing else. It's raw stuff too, with some of the most bacchanalian scenes you'll see on television outside of Game of Thrones, and really seedy happenings. The Affair has become quite a towering TV drama in just two seasons, and also one that resembles a novel in both presentation and narrative. Let's hope that the creators have an end date planned though, as this story can only go on a short while without getting long in the tooth.
  • Dec 20, 2015
    I really don't get the appeal of this show. The characters are totally ridiculous. I really hope no one actually behaves like these people. I suffered through this second season and it will be my last. Just awful characters and I have no real desire to find out what happens next.

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