Showtime’s Golden Globe-winning Homeland cemented its place as the most lauded new TV series of the 2011-12 season by punctuating its showstopping finale with a terrifying cliffhanger. But, while the show’s second season doesn’t waste time getting the plot moving, it begins on a far less intense note than we would have predicted. Carrie and Brody have both embarked upon new lives — his significantly more exciting than hers. As you might have guessed, though, we’re hardly in store for a whole season of classroom drama with Carrie Mathison, bipolar ELL teacher. Watch the storyline take shape in first 20 minutes of Homeland Season 2, which Showtime has just posted online and you can watch below. The season premiere airs September 30th.