TV Guide got an exclusive one-on-one with Homeland co-creator, Alex Gansa where they celebrated the honorable success of the Emmy-winning series. Moreover, the interview also teased the happenings that will come about on the season 2 premiere of Homeland -- Sept. 30, Sunday on Showtime.
- Disgraced and losing control of her mental disorder, Carrie agreed to undergo short-term-memory-erasing electroconvulsive therapy. But just before the switch was thrown, she figured out Brody's connection to Issa, Nazir's son, and realized Brody's revenge-based motive for betraying his country.
- Naturally, that piece of intel will remain hidden in Carrie's mind for a while, and Season 2 begins with a peaceful Carrie audiences have never seen before. Similarly, things are looking up for Brody, who has patched things up with his wife Jessica (Morena Baccarin) and, after being elected to Congress, is on the verge of being chosen by Vice President Walden (Jamey Sheridan) as his running mate in the next election. But ongoing tensions in the Middle East soon upset the balance in both Carrie and Brody's lives.
- After a period of relative silence, Abu Nazir reaches out to Brody via a journalist (Zuleikha Robinson). He's given a mission that Brody believes violates the terms of their agreement at the end of Season 1. "He's started to convince himself that actually maybe it is possible that Nazir won't ask any more of him," Gansa says. "[Brody's] bargain with Nazir was, 'I'm not going to do any more overt acts of terrorism. I'm not blowing anybody up. I'm going to influence policy from within the halls of power.' [And] his functioning as a congressman has been incredibly rewarding to him personally and professionally. That all gets exploded in the first episode and puts Brody on a very slippery slope, which he'll be on for most of the season."
- Nazir's plans also bring the terrorist leader to Beirut, where Carrie's former handler Saul (Mandy Patinkin) is now the station chief. When a former asset of Carrie's shows up with information about an attack on America, Saul reluctantly reaches out to Carrie for help. "He is torn between his personal and professional relationship to Carrie," Gansa says. "He knows how much it cost her last year. But at the same time, he's also got that intelligence bug. It's what he does. It's what he's dedicated his life to and in this particular instance there really isn't a choice."
- And there isn't really a choice for Carrie either. "She's a dedicated intelligence officer whose whole life up to this point has been about protecting Americans," Gansa says. "When she hears that she could be instrumental in averting [an attack], that's a very powerful draw on her. She realizes the risks that it might pose to her own mental health, but she can't resist. It's what she does. It's what turns her on. It's her raison d'etre, and it's hard to turn your back on that. She's most alive when she's flying close to the sun."
Source: TV Guide