Homecoming season 2: Everything we know about the return of Amazon's big budget drama series

Julia Roberts won't be returning as caseworker Heidi Bergman for the second series as Janelle Monae takes the lead role - but what else do we know about season 2 so far?

Homecoming is coming back for a second series - but it’s set to be very different from season 1.

Inspired by the hit Gimlet Media podcast of the same name, the psychological thriller will be returning without its star, Julia Roberts, who left at the end of series 1.

Instead, Janelle Monae, above, will be the lead character in the new series - which also has a new director to replace Sam Esmail.

From the rumoured release date to the cast, here's everything we know so far about Amazon’s Homecoming season 2 on Prime Video.

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When is Homecoming season 2 available to watch?

Amazon hasn’t announced when season 2 of Homecoming will be available to watch on Prime Video, but TVLine reports that it’ll premiere in 2020.

Production for season 2 is thought to kick off later in summer 2019.

Season 1 of Homecoming premiered on Amazon in November 2018, and consists of 10 episodes which vary in length but which all come in around the 30-minute mark.

Who's returning to the cast? Is Julia Roberts back? 

In January 2019, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Julia Roberts won't be returning to the show for season 2, after she headlined season 1 playing caseworker Heidi Bergman, below.

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THR states that Roberts’ commitment with Amazon was only a one-season deal, based purely on Homecoming's creative storyline - though she is thought to be remaining on board as an executive producer for season 2.

She earned a whopping $600,000 an episode in season 1, so her £6 million pay packet was one of the biggest of the year, according to Variety.

This means that the second season of Homecoming will deviate from season 2 of the podcast on which the show is based, as the second season of the podcast revolved around Roberts’ character Bergman searching in vain for Walter Cruz. 

In July 2019, actress/musician Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures, Moonlight) was confirmed as the replacement for Julia Roberts as the show's headline star.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The description of her character provides some clues about the premise of season 2. Monae plays a "tenacious woman who finds herself floating in a canoe, with no memory of how she got there - or even who she is". Very mysterious.

Stephan James, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of young military veteran Walter Cruz in season 1, below, is confirmed to be reprising his role for season 2.

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Hong Chau, who plays Audrey Temple, an assistant at the secret organisation's parent company, will also be back for season 2.

Deadline reports that Bobby Cannavale (who plays Bergman’s boss Colin Belfast - voiced by David Schwimmer in the podcast) and possibly Shea Whigham (Thomas Carrasco from the Department of Defence) were looking good to return, too.

According to Digital Spy, there’s a question mark over the fate of: Alex Karpovsky as Craig, a Homecoming employee; Sissy Spacek as Heidi's mother, Ellen Bergman; Marianne Jean-Baptiste as Walter's mother, Gloria Cruz; Dermot Mulroney as Heidi's on-off boyfriend Anthony, and Jeremy Allen White as Shrier, another veteran enrolled in the programme. More on this when we have it.

What will happen in season 2?

Esmail previously told TVLine that the season 1 finale‘s post-credits scene, in which Hong Chau’s corporate climber Audrey Temple rubbed an experimental medication on her wrists to calm herself, was “a hint of things to come".

And according to RadioTimes.com, the new episodes could hone in on Geist’s next shady business venture, as well as the rise of Audrey Temple, and further investigations from Thomas Carrasco from the Department of Defence.

All theis suggests Homecoming creators Micah Bloomberg and Eli Horowitz - who are writing season 2 - have a continued interest in exploring the world of Homecoming, albeit without Heidi Bergman and Walter Cruz as the central characters.

Who’s behind the camera this time?

In August 2019, Deadline confirmed that Kyle Patrick Alvarez (The Stanford Prison Experiment, 13 Reasons Why, below) is set to direct and executive produce the second season of Homecoming.

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He takes over from Sam Esmail (Mr Robot) who directed and executive produced season 1.

What happened in season 1?

Season 1 of Homecoming featured Oscar-winning actress Julia Roberts in her first TV starring role as Heidi Bergman, a caseworker at the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, a facility that helps soldiers returning home from war.

She developed a complex relationship with Walter Cruz, a young veteran eager to rejoin civilian life, played by Stephan James.

Emmy-winner Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire) appeared as Bergman’s erratic off site supervisor Colin Belfast, with Alex Karpovsky (HBO’s Girls) appearing as the facility’s life-skills coach, Craig.

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Oscar-nominated actress Marianne Jean-Baptiste (Secrets & Lies) played Walter’s mother Gloria, while Jeremy Allen White and Dermot Mulroney (both of Showtime’s Shameless) completed the cast as Heidi’s ex-boyfriend and a fellow Homecoming veteran respectively.

This narrative alternated with another, which took place four years later, when we found Heidi in a new life as a small-town waitress living with her mother, portrayed by Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek. 

When a Department of Defense auditor, Boardwalk Empire’s Shea Whigham, questioned her about her departure from the Homecoming facility, Heidi began to question the narrative - and reality - she has spun for herself.

In creating Homecoming’s unsettling visual style and tone, Esmail reunited the crew from the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning drama series, Mr Robot.

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