The first season of Showtime's Homeland was a taut, shocking piece of television that left fans dying for more. The counterterrorism thriller left both its leads in interesting places: Carrie undergoing electroshock therapy to treat her bipolar disorder, and Brody finding himself on a new mission: to infiltrate the U.S. government. In the final moments, right before having an induced seizure, Carrie made the connection between Brody and Abu Nazir -- but whether or not she would remember that was left up in the air.
Showtime has released the first twenty minutes of Homeland's season 2 premiere online, and as it turns out, she doesn't. In fact, following her unceremonious dismissal from the CIA, Carrie (Claire Danes) has been living a quiet life, tending to her garden, cooking meals for her family, and teaching ESL classes to native-speaking Arabics. Her life is dysfunctional, but peaceful.
Saul (Mandy Patinkin), meanwhile, is working in the U.S. embassy at Lebanon, where riots have broken out and a new contact tells him that she has information about a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. The only problem? She won't speak to anyone but Carrie, her original contact at the CIA. Carrie is forced back into the game, against her own protests and those of her sister. She's promised that this isn't a return to her old job, but you can't help but think that she's definitely going back into intelligence work permanently. Teaching English classes isn't for Carrie.
Meanwhile, Brody (Damian Lewis) receives a visit from the Vice President, who gives him some interesting news: he's floating Brody's name as a potential running mate when he runs for president. Brody's pleased, of course; after all, it furthers his (and Nazir's) agenda to infiltrate the government. Brody's family is happy that he's being mentioned, but the question remains: will he be a Paul Ryan or a Marco Rubio? With this being part of his season-long arc, we'll just have to wait and see.
You can watch the 20-minute preview here. It's a little bit frustrating, considering that we're only getting about a third of the actual episode. We'll have to wait until the full outing airs on September 30, which now seems to be an excruciating wait away.
Homeland's season 2 premiere, "The Smile," will premiere in full September 30 on Showtime.