Homeland ticked most of the boxes in its sensational first season. Part character drama, part spy thriller — all parts addictive. It was a breakout hit and the sort of serial binges were made for.
But what of the new season? We know that the story will pick up six months later with Carrie Mathison working on the fringes of the intelligence community to hunt down Abu Nazir, and Brody in an even greater position to potentially carry out an attack against America: “Why kill a man, when you can kill an idea,” is the haunting line from last season, immortalized in a recent teaser.
In an interview with Huffington Post‘s Maureen Ryan, showrunner Alex Gansa offers some additional hints, describing Season 2 as “a different animal”:
“Well, if you looked at the structure of last season, it was a very binary thing. The first half of the season, you were asking the question, “Was he or wasn’t he turned in captivity?” The second half of the season, we were asking the question, “Well, is he going to go through with it?” We were able to ask a lot of questions without answering a lot of things. The second season is a different animal because now it’s incumbent upon us to actually come down squarely on certain issues: Carrie’s reliability, Brody’s commitment to his terrorism.”
While the plot will involve new locations and characters in Season 2, including LOST alum Zuleikha Robinson as a field journalist with special ties to Abu Nazir, the producers are keen to keep the primary focus on the Carrie/Brody relationship. Gansa reiterates:
“A little bit of the terrorist plot goes a long way. Our interests as writers and I think as actors and directors is more how these characters evolve — how they evolve in the context of that danger. So there will be a few other people who are facilitating the plot against America, but certainly not to the extent that 24 did it. We’re really trying to tell the next chapter in Brody and Carrie’s story.”
As for the Brody/Nazir relationship, Gansa hints that the former may (or may not) follow his own agenda:
The one thing that Nazir could never have predicted is this growing attachment [Brody] has to his homeland, America, and to his family, especially to his daughter.
Source: Huffington Post
It’s certainly going to be one of the most intriguing aspects of the new season to see where Homeland takes us and whether it can go beyond what the first season delivered. It all gets underway September 30 on Showtime.