Critic Consensus: 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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The cast is tremendous, particularly Ruth Wilson as Alison, and its thoughtful investigation of the rippling shockwaves from an extramarital affair is compelling.
This is supremely grown-up drama which tackles adult themes in a proudly demanding way. Sometimes it's hard not to wish The Affair wasn't so deeply in thrall to its own central conceit. The rest of the time, you wouldn't want it any other way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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