Carrie will “work around the edges” on Season 2 of “Homeland”

If you’re a UK fan of Homeland, you’re probably just now breathing normally again after the edge-of-your-seat Season 1 finale. The good news is that you don’t have to wait as long as U.S. viewers for a peek at Season 2. Showrunner Alex Gansa sat down with reporters recently to talk about what’s up next for Carrie (Claire Danes) and Brody (Damian Lewis).

(If you’re not caught up, consider this your spoiler warning.)

The season closed with a near-bang and a lot of unanswered questions. We were left wondering — again — if Brody is a terrorist or a double agent of some kind. And our last moments with Carrie saw her realize that Brody knew Nazir’s son, a key fact that we know will be gone from her memory after the ECT she chose to help with her bipolar disorder.

Here’s Showtime’s latest promo.

Season 2 picks up six months after the finale. Now that Carrie’s illness is known, she has less credibility than ever with the CIA. “It would have been too far a jump to bring her back into the fold full bore,” Gansa said. “However, there are ways that she can work around the edges of the intelligence community that make sense.” Since David Marciano, who plays Virgil, was named a series regular a few weeks ago, I’m hoping he’s part of the “edges” and we’ll see a lot more Carrie/Virgil interaction.

What we really want to know, though, is whether Carrie will ever find out that her hunches about the assassination attempt were correct. Gansa makes no promises. “There’s a tremendous sense out there in the audience of wanting Carrie to know that she was right, that she’s not crazy and is really good at what she does, and that’s the moment we’re going to be building towards. Whether it’s going to happen in Season 2, I can’t tell you.”

As for Brody, he faces a new kind of opposition from his wife Jessica’s ex-lover Mike. “Mike is going to be a big factor,” said Gansa. “Since he’s in military intelligence, he is going to get a hold of the commission report on the assassination attempt against the vice president, and there’s going to be a bunch of stuff in there that doesn’t make sense to him.”

Speaking of the vice president, we’re going to see a lot more of him next season, as well as Abu Nazir. Both Jamie Sheridan and Navid Nahahban have been promoted to series regulars.

We still have to wait until the end of September to see how everything unfolds, but meanwhile, I’d love to hear your predictions for Season 2 of Homeland. And if you’re a non-U.S. viewer who’s just finished Season 1, tell us what you thought of the show.

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