I was skeptical coming in to Season 2 of Homeland – the first season had been excellent, but the writers had put themselves in a difficult position at season’s end. The start of Season 2 allayed my fears, with a spectacular opening batch of episodes. The early reveal of Brody’s tape was a genuine surprise, something I would have expected in a season finale, and it gave the show a sense of excitement and momentum, leading up to an incredible interrogation scene.
Unfortunately, this was the peak of the season and the show’s quality dipped noticeably from there. Having successfully dropped this bombshell in the first few episodes, Homeland then began to drop a bombshell or plot twist every episode; often at the expense of plausibility and audience involvement.
Season 1’s emotional complexity, present in episodes like The Weekend, was still there but was often overshadowed by the need for broad, melodramatic moments. The connection between Carrie and Brody in Season 1 felt natural, growing out of the characters rather than the writers, becoming the core of the show. Season 2 it was the opposite; their relationship often felt forced, a “fairytale romance” lacking the depth or resonance it once had.