When Homeland returns to Showtime in September, one thing will be missing: Carrie's memory.
That's right, Carrie's (Claire Danes) trip to electroshock therapy will have suppressed her sudden realization that Brody (Damian Lewis) once said "Issa," the name of Abu Nazir's son, in his sleep. That information helped her piece together Brody's revenge-based motive for betraying his country. Still, that's not to say those memories won't surface sometime during the second season of the Golden Globe-winning series.
After Showtime previewed a first look at Season 2 at Comic-Con on Thursday, TVGuide.com caught up with executive producer Howard Gordon to dissect the surprising new images, including Carrie's memory loss and Brody's new position of power. Get the scoop:
Time Jump! When the Showtime series returns, the story will have progressed six months since we saw Brody fail to cement his place in history as a terrorist and since Carrie's trip to the shrink. "Which is just enough time for Carrie to regain some footing in the world and redefine herself, and whatever that next move is," Gordon says. "And for Brody to take his next step in the world after having come home."
Memory Loss! After appearing to go completely off the deep end in the finale, Carrie decided to undergo electroshock therapy to make sure that her manic episodes won't get her into any more trouble — like accusing a decorated war hero of being a terrorist, even though we know it to be true. But is there a chance Carrie, who starts the season off as a teacher, will recall her "Issa" revelation? "Absolutely," Gordon says. "Although, it may not come back to her exactly the way you'd imagine it might, but yes, that information will most likely emerge at some point."
Is war on the horizon? In the trailer, a riot has broken out in Israel. Why? "We learn that Israel has actually bombed several Iranian nuclear sites, so against the backdrop of ripped-from-the-headlines possibilities, our story takes place," Gordon says.
Carrie's pulled back in! The ensuing riot will actually be the catalyst for the CIA to pull Carrie from her cushy job as a teacher back into the CIA in order to access some of her foreign assets. But is she ready to handle that kind of stress again? "You're asking exactly the right dramatic question," Gordon notes. "Carrie is a moth to the flame. There's a part of her that really is so good at what she does and misses what she does, but at the same time, knows that what she's so good at is really bad for her. That's one of the delightful tensions in her character and in the series."
Is Brody a terrorist or a Congressman? Because of the time jump, Brody will already be in office when the series returns, but has he finally turned the other cheek? The trailer seems to indicate so when he's seen telling a new character played by Lost alum Zuleikha Robinson that he is not a terrorist, he's a congressman! "Things are not binary, they're not just black and white," Gordon says. "Often the most wonderful drama is this nuanced tug of war inside the characters in terms of why they do what they do. Honestly, one of the great delights is confusing or confounding expectations. No one is all good and no one is all bad. Everyone is hopefully explicitly and complicatedly human." Bottom line: Season 1's mystery of whether he's truly turned against his nation will continue again next year!
Reunited and it feels... so good? With Carrie being pulled back into the field, and Brody in the spotlight in Washington, surely the former flames will come face-to-face once again. Gordon wouldn't say how they'll intersect next season, but he promises that the "cat and mouse" game they once played will start up again in Season 2.
What are you most looking forward to in Season 2?
Homeland returns Sunday, Sept. 30 on Showtime.