Homeland (season 2)
|Homeland (season 2)|
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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Original release||September 30– December 16, 2012|
The second season of the American television drama series Homeland premiered on September 30, 2012 on Showtime and concluded on December 16, 2012, consisting of 12 episodes. The series is loosely based on the Israeli television series Hatufim (English: Prisoners of War) created by Gideon Raff and is developed for American television by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa.
Cast and characters
- Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, a CIA intelligence officer assigned to the Counterterrorism Center.
- Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody, a U.S. Marine Sergeant and a Marine Scout Sniper who was rescued by Delta Force after being held by al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war for eight years.
- Morena Baccarin as Jessica Brody, Nicholas Brody's wife.
- David Harewood as David Estes, the Director of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center. He is Carrie's boss.
- Diego Klattenhoff as Mike Faber, a U.S. Marine Major (formerly Captain). He was Nicholas' best friend who, assuming Nicholas was dead, began an affair with his wife, Jessica Brody.
- Jamey Sheridan as William Walden, Vice President of the United States and former director of the CIA.
- David Marciano as Virgil, Carrie's contact aiding in the surveillance of Brody.
- Navid Negahban as Abu Nazir, a high-ranking member of al-Qaeda.
- Jackson Pace as Chris Brody, Nicholas Brody's son.
- Morgan Saylor as Dana Brody, Nicholas Brody's daughter.
- Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, the CIA's Middle-East Division Chief. He is Carrie's old boss and mentor.
- Zuleikha Robinson as Roya Hammad, a journalist and Nazir's contact.
- Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn, a CIA analyst.
- Timothée Chalamet as Finn Walden, son of the Vice President and romantic interest of Dana.
- Hrach Titizian as Danny Galvez, a CIA agent of Guatemalan and Lebanese origin.
- Valerie Cruz as Major Joy Mendez.
- Maury Sterling as Max, Virgil's brother who also aids in the surveillance of Brody.
- Talia Balsam as Cynthia Walden, wife of the Vice President.
- Marc Menchaca as Lauder Wakefield, a former Marine.
- Mido Hamada as M.M.
- James Rebhorn as Frank Mathison, Carrie's father.
- Clara Khoury as Fatima Ali
- F. Murray Abraham as Dar Adal, a retired black ops specialist.
- Amy Hargreaves as Maggie Mathison, Carrie's sister and a psychiatrist.
- Larry Pine as Richard Halsted
- Nasser Faris as Bassel "The Tailor"
- Seth Gilliam as Chapman
- Marin Ireland as Aileen Morgan, an anti-American terrorist who is imprisoned.
- John Finn as Rex Henning
- Daniella Pineda as Julia Diaz
- James Urbaniak as Larry
- Chance Kelly as Mitchell Clausen
- Sarita Choudhury as Mira Berenson, Saul's wife who is often out of the country.
- Billy Smith as Special Agent Hall
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|13||1||"The Smile"||Michael Cuesta||Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon||September 30, 2012||2WAH01||1.73|
|Brody is informed he is the future of the party. Saul is in Beirut and tries to track down who an informant is.|
|14||2||"Beirut Is Back"||Michael Cuesta||Chip Johannessen||October 7, 2012||2WAH02||1.66|
|Carrie travels to Beirut to meet up with her asset, who gives her information on Abu Nazir meeting with the head of Hezbollah. The CIA attempts to assassinate Nazir but Brody gives him the heads up to escape.|
|15||3||"State of Independence"||Lodge Kerrigan||Alexander Cary||October 14, 2012||2WAH03||1.48|
|Carrie finds out she will not be rejoining the CIA. Brody attempts to move the bomb maker but accidentally kills him when he runs.|
|16||4||"New Car Smell"||David Semel||Meredith Stiehm||October 21, 2012||2WAH04||1.75|
|Carrie rejoins the CIA as they try and get information on Brody based on his assassination attempt on the VP.|
|17||5||"Q&A"||Lesli Linka Glatter||Henry Bromell||October 28, 2012||2WAH05||2.07|
|Brody is interrogated and reveals his true intentions.|
|18||6||"A Gettysburg Address"||Guy Ferland||Chip Johannessen||November 4, 2012||2WAH06||1.74|
|Dana visits the woman hit by Finn's car in the hospital and watches her die. The CIA attempts to raid the tailor's workshop in Gettysburg but is met by Nazir's men before they find anything.|
|19||7||"The Clearing"||John Dahl||Meredith Stiehm||November 11, 2012||2WAH07||1.91|
|Aileen sends Saul on a wild goose chase before committing suicide. Roya and Brody have a big fight over him feeling like he is kept in the dark. Dana and Finn argue over what to do with the woman they hit with the car.|
|20||8||"I'll Fly Away"||Michael Cuesta||Story by : Howard Gordon & Chip Johannessen |
Teleplay by : Chip Johannessen
|November 18, 2012||2WAH08||1.87|
|Dana spends longer than anticipated at Mike's so she doesn't have to face her parents, and eventually visits the family of the woman Finn killed. Brody tells Roya he is through and goes into hiding with Carrie. After Brody apologizes to Roya, they meet up and Roya takes him away in a helicopter.|
|21||9||"Two Hats"||Dan Attias||Alexander Cary||November 25, 2012||2WAH09||2.02|
|Brody finally surfaces after 12 hours and says he was taken to Nazir and reveals a terror plot he has planned. The CIA follows through on Brody's information and foils the terror plot, arresting Roya.|
|22||10||"Broken Hearts"||Guy Ferland||Henry Bromell||December 2, 2012||2WAH10||2.20|
|Carrie's car is hit by one of Nazir's men who kidnaps her and brings her to Nazir. Brody gets Nazir the information he needs to remotely shut off the Vice President's pace maker in exchange for releasing Carrie.|
|23||11||"In Memoriam"||Jeremy Podeswa||Chip Johannessen||December 9, 2012||2WAH11||2.36|
|After Carrie interrogates Roya she realizes that Nazir must still be hiding in the warehouse, where they eventually find his hidden room and kill him. Once the Brody family hears the news they are finally able to leave the safe house.|
|24||12||"The Choice"||Michael Cuesta||Alex Gansa & Meredith Stiehm||December 16, 2012||2WAH12||2.29|
|Quinn follows Carrie and Brody to her cabin with the intentions of killing him, but ultimately changes his mind. Abu Nazir is seen dead and given a burial at sea. Carrie and Brody sneak out of a ceremony at Langley to be alone, while kissing Brody notices his car was moved which explodes killing over 200 people. Carrie sneaks Brody to the Canadian border to help him escape.|
Showtime renewed the series for a second season of 12 episodes on October 26, 2011.
The second season has three season one recurring actors–David Marciano, Navid Negahban, and Jamey Sheridan–being promoted to series regulars. Actor Rupert Friend joined the cast playing Peter Quinn, a CIA analyst; he was originally reported to be a series regular, but he is credited as a guest star.
The second season of Homeland scored a Metacritic rating of 96 out of 100 based on 21 reviews. Based on aggregation of television critics' top-ten lists, the season was ranked as the second best television show of 2012 by HitFix, and third best by Metacritic. TV Guide named it the best television show of 2012.
Dorothy Rabinowitz of The Wall Street Journal observed that the show is more relevant than ever given recent world events, and proclaimed that "Television's best drama series is, in short, back with all that was delectable about season one on vivid display again—first-class writing, sterling performances, rocketing suspense".
Brian Lowry of Variety wrote a positive review, noting that there are some plot points that strain plausibility, but that "once the narrative begins hitting its stride in the second episode, it's clear the program remains on a rarefied creative tier".
Awards and nominations
Homeland won three awards at the 70th Golden Globe Awards, including for Best Drama Series, which it won the previous year. Claire Danes and Damian Lewis each won for Best Performance in a Television Series – Drama, with Mandy Patinkin receiving a nomination for Best Supporting Performance in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film.
At the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards, the cast was nominated for Best Cast in a Drama Series. Claire Danes and Damian Lewis were also nominated for Best Female Actor and Best Male Actor in a Drama Series respectively. Danes won to claim her second career SAG award.
For the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, the series received 11 nominations, with two wins. Claire Danes won her second consecutive award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, and Henry Bromell posthumously won for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. Nominations included Outstanding Drama Series, Damian Lewis for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Morena Baccarin for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Mandy Patinkin for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Rupert Friend for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, and Lesli Linka Glatter for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series for the episode "Q&A". It also received nominations or Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour), and Outstanding Cinematography for a Single-camera Series.
Home media release
Homeland: The Complete Second Season was released as a widescreen region 1 four-disc DVD and three-disc Blu-ray box set in the United States and Canada on September 10, 2013. In addition to the 12 episodes, it includes deleted scenes and four featurettes—"The Border: Prologue to Season 3", "Return to the Homeland: Filming in Israel", "Damian Lewis: A Personal Video Diary", and "The Choice: The Making of the Season Finale". The same set was also released on September 23, 2013 in region 2.
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