Homeland TV Wiki
Homeland TV Wiki
Homeland Season 2 Cast Promo.jpg
Original run September 30, 2012 – December 16, 2012
No. of Episodes 12
Nielsen rating 18-49 rating:
Viewers (million):
1.92 (average)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 September 10, 2013
Blu-ray Disc release
Region A September 10, 2013
Previous Season 1
Next Season 3

Season 2 of Homeland aired from September 30, 2012 to December 16, 2012.


Brody is forced to work more closely with the CIA; Carrie continues her hunt for terrorist leader Abu Nazir while maintaining a complicated relationship with Brody that straddles the line between personal and professional (Seems like Carrie's not finished with Brody just yet.); Jessica Brody struggles to keep her family in tact despite increasing difficulty connecting with her husband; Saul discovers a clandestine plot.

"Carrie was really put through the ringer last season," says Danes, on set in July 2012 for episode five in Charlotte, N.C. "She finally gets the credit she deserves."

The stars of Showtime’s hit drama offer a sneak peek at this year’s story arcs.

Claire Danes: “In the first season, Carrie is working toward a climactic breakdown; now, it’s Brody’s turn for some fun. We have our parallel stories that merge in the midpoint of the season, which is similar to what happened in season one. We have unresolved business to tend to here.”

Damian Lewis: “Brody is more knowingly living this duplicitous life this season. And it’s a world of anxiety, paranoia and uncertainty because the rug is always being pulled out from under him. There are enough people who know what transpired or nearly transpired last year, and that’s his problem.”

Mandy Patinkin: “Saul is now a station chief in Beirut, where he’s had history before. He wants to protect Carrie, but he also needs her assistance. This is somebody he loves more than life itself and wants her to get well, but she is critical in the operation that may rid the world of Abu Nazir.

Morena Baccarin: “Jessica has found this new ambition with Brody being a congressman. She’s starting to feel like she has a purpose again. But it gets difficult. She and Brody and the family are in a good place, and then he starts lying and things start to reveal themselves to her that she didn’t expect.”

Morgan Saylor: “A lot of our characters are going through big changes. Dana has started at a new school, a private school, and there are a lot of changes that come with that: new friends, new costumes, new politics. And there’s a new dynamic — an overall different feel — at home with family, too.”

David Harewood: “Now that things are revealed to him about Carrie and her feelings, I feel as though Estes knows what his trajectory is now. By listening to her and others, he has a real idea about how to get Abu Nazir for the first time. And we introduce Estes’ child, which is a wonderful scene.”


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast


Picture Title Number Season Number Production Code Original Airdate U.S. viewers
Season 2 Episode 1.jpg The Smile 13 1 2WAH01 September 30, 2012 1.73
Months after the dramatic events that prompted Carrie to undergo Electroconvulsive Therapy, the former CIA Case Officer has found a modicum of peace in her family’s suburban embrace. But the strides she’s made towards mental health are threatened when an asset from her former life comes in from the cold. Meanwhile, freshman Congressman Nick Brody discovers that Abu Nazir may not be content with his nonviolent approach to affecting change in American foreign policy and Dana lets slip a vital secret.
Season 2 Episode 2.jpg Beirut is Back 14 2 2WAH02 October 7, 2012 1.66
Against the advice of her family, Carrie becomes involved in an operation that may rid the world of Abu Nazir once and for all. Brody’s handler presses the Congressman into service, as his relationship with Jessica takes a hit and Captain Mike Faber questions the nature of the events surrounding the shooting of Elizabeth Gaines.
Season 2 Episode 3.jpg State of Independence 15 3 2WAH03 October 14, 2012 1.48
Fresh from her adventures in Beirut, a restless Carrie prepares for what she hopes will be a triumphant return to the CIA. Meanwhile, Brody attempts a last minute extraction of the Gettysburg bomb maker.
Season 2 Episode 4.jpg New Car Smell 16 4 2WAH04 October 21, 2012 1.75
Following a debrief from Saul, a stunned Estes authorizes a covert operation to investigate Intel recovered in Beirut. Brody, still reeling from his misadventures with the bomb maker, gets another shock when he runs into Carrie.
Season 2 Episode 5.jpg Q&A 17 5 2WAH05 October 28, 2012 2.07
Brody finds himself prisoner again, but this time it's on American soil. Meanwhile, Carrie is forced to play second fiddle after her rash judgment call at the hotel as Estes is busy keeping Jessica off their trail. Dana's relationship with Finn goes to the next level when their date night turns deadly serious.
Season 2 Episode 6.jpg A Gettysburg Address 18 6 2WAH06 November 4, 2012 1.74
Dana visits the hospital and is shocked by what she sees there. Faber gets tangled up with the CIA when he asks one too many questions about Tom Walker. Brody agrees to work with Carrie and Quinn to stop an attack on America, but his loyalty to the United States is questioned when Gettysburg once again becomes a battleground.
Season 2 Episode 7.jpg The Clearing 19 7 2WAH07 November 11, 2012 1.91
Reeling from the recent ambush, Carrie and the team struggle to regain control of their operation while Brody and his family attend a fundraiser at a Virginia horse farm. Saul visits Aileen in solitary confinement, hoping she'll provide key intelligence on the attack. An anguished Dana pressures Finn to come clean about their hidden crime, but her quest to tell the truth collides with her father's secret mission in ways neither could have foreseen.
Season 2 Episode 8.jpg I'll Fly Away 20 8 2WAH08 November 18, 2012 1.87
He lies for Carrie. He lies for Roya and he's still lying to Jessica. Brody heads towards a serious meltdown as he struggles to keep his complicated alliances clear. Against Quinn's orders, Carrie stages a risky intervention to keep Brody in line, forcing both of them to confront their mixed emotions. Meanwhile, Dana turns to an unlikely source for comfort.
Season 2 Episode 9.jpg Two Hats 21 9 2WAH09 November 25, 2012 2.02
In an effort to clarify his priorities, Brody makes a necessary phone call before things spiral further out of control. Saul teams up with Virgil and Max to dig up some information on one of their own. Meanwhile, the Brody family enjoys an all-expense paid vacation of sorts and Carrie finds herself preparing for the most important meeting of her career.
Season 2 Episode 10.jpg Broken Hearts 22 10 2WAH10 December 2, 2012 2.20
Saul catches up with an old friend and discovers evidence of covert activities by Estes. Brody and Vice President Walden find themselves at odds over the future of their political relationship, while Dana and Finn come to terms with their own differences.
Season 2 Episode 11.jpg In Memoriam 23 11 2WAH11 December 9, 2012 2.36
Dangerously close to exhaustion, Carrie continues her hunt for Nazir and begins to suspect there is a mole in the CIA. Roya reveals her true colors under interrogation and Saul finds himself fighting to save his career under unexpected circumstances. Meanwhile, the Brodys struggle to maintain anything close to a state of sanity.
Season 2 Episode 12.jpg The Choice 24 12 2WAH12 December 16, 2012 2.29
Carrie is faced with a pivotal decision, while Brody meets with Faber to contemplate the future of the family. Meanwhile, Saul undertakes a secret assignment; and Quinn has a decision to make that may prove to be a game-changer.

Production Notes

  • Showtime renewed the series for a second season of 12 episodes on October 26, 2011.
  • Production for the season began in May 2012, with the first two episodes being filmed in Israel, which will double as Beirut, where the episodes take place.
  • The second season has three season one recurring actors – David Marciano, Navid Negahban and Jamey Sheridan – being promoted to series regulars.
  • Actor Rupert Friend has joined as a series regular playing Peter Quinn, a CIA analyst.


Home media releases

See also: S1S2S3S4S5S6S7S8