Homeland (season 2)

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Homeland (season 2)
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DVD cover art
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 12
Original network Showtime
Original release September 30 (2012-09-30) – December 16, 2012 (2012-12-16)
Season chronology
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Season 1
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Season 3
List of Homeland episodes

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.[1]


The second season follows Carrie and the CIA working with Brody to capture Abu Nazir. Discovering a video of Brody's confession during a CIA operation in Lebanon, Carrie and Saul, along with analyst Peter Quinn, work to turn Brody into a double agent. Brody gives in to the CIA interrogation and is now an asset for the CIA, sending information to both sides. The downside of being a double agent as well as a rising Congressman with the Vice President's support brings Brody closer to Carrie while worsening his relationship with his family. Mike tries to find the truth behind Tom Walker's death. Egged on by Abu Nazir, who is now in the U.S., Brody silently kills the Vice President while the CIA tracks down Nazir's contacts and Carrie and an FBI team kill Nazir using Roya's information.

Seemingly free of being Nazir's man, Brody celebrates with Carrie at the CIA headquarters and both survive an explosion that kills Director Estes and many others. Brody's earlier video confession meant to be released in the aftermath of the aborted bomb vest killing of the VP, is released by Nazir's people to claim responsibility and is used to frame Brody for the bombing. Brody then flees the U.S. with Carrie's help. Saul, who was attending the burying of Nazir's body at sea, is left to pick up the pieces.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Guest cast[edit]


No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
U.S. viewers
13 1 "The Smile" Michael Cuesta Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon September 30, 2012 (2012-09-30) 2WAH01 1.73[2]
14 2 "Beirut Is Back" Michael Cuesta Chip Johannessen October 7, 2012 (2012-10-07) 2WAH02 1.66[3]
15 3 "State of Independence" Lodge Kerrigan Alexander Cary October 14, 2012 (2012-10-14) 2WAH03 1.48[4]
16 4 "New Car Smell" David Semel Meredith Stiehm October 21, 2012 (2012-10-21) 2WAH04 1.75[5]
17 5 "Q&A" Lesli Linka Glatter Henry Bromell October 28, 2012 (2012-10-28) 2WAH05 2.07[6]
18 6 "A Gettysburg Address" Guy Ferland Chip Johannessen November 4, 2012 (2012-11-04) 2WAH06 1.74[7]
19 7 "The Clearing" John Dahl Meredith Stiehm November 11, 2012 (2012-11-11) 2WAH07 1.91[8]
20 8 "I'll Fly Away" Michael Cuesta Story by: Howard Gordon & Chip Johannessen
Teleplay by: Chip Johannessen
November 18, 2012 (2012-11-18) 2WAH08 1.87[9]
21 9 "Two Hats" Dan Attias Alexander Cary November 25, 2012 (2012-11-25) 2WAH09 2.02[10]
22 10 "Broken Hearts" Guy Ferland Henry Bromell December 2, 2012 (2012-12-02) 2WAH10 2.20[11]
23 11 "In Memoriam" Jeremy Podeswa Chip Johannessen December 9, 2012 (2012-12-09) 2WAH11 2.36[12]
24 12 "The Choice" Michael Cuesta Alex Gansa & Meredith Stiehm December 16, 2012 (2012-12-16) 2WAH12 2.29[13]


Showtime renewed the series for a second season of 12 episodes on October 26, 2011.[14]

Production for the season began in May 2012,[15] with the first two episodes being filmed in Israel, which doubles as Beirut, where the episodes take place.[16]

The second season has three season one recurring actors–David Marciano, Navid Negahban, and Jamey Sheridan–being promoted to series regulars.[15][17] 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.[18]



The second season of Homeland scored a Metacritic rating of 96 out of 100 based on 21 reviews.[19] 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.[20][21] TV Guide named it the best television show of 2012.[22]

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".[23]

David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle felt that Season 2 delivered on extremely high expectations and maintained the show's level of writing, acting, and tension.[24]

TV Guide's Matt Roush praised the "powerhouse performances" by Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, as well as the relentless pace of the writing.[25]

USA Today's Robert Bianco gave the season a 4/4 score, calling it "unmissable TV", and said that even with the expertly crafted plot, Homeland's biggest strength is in its characters.[26]

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".[27]

Awards and nominations[edit]

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.[28]

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.[29]

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.[30]

For the 2013 Writers Guild of America Awards, it was nominated for Best Drama Series and Meredith Stiehm received a nomination for Best Episodic Drama for "New Car Smell".[31]

Home media release[edit]

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.[32] 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.[33]


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