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The Affair: Season 2 (2015)




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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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 (13)

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

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

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.

October 29, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

October 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.

October 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.

September 29, 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.

June 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Affair: Season 2

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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