We've been anxiously anticipating the new season of Showtime's espionage thriller 'Homeland,' largely in part due to the tense and ominous cliffhanger season 1 finale "Marine One," left us on.  Not only does the series have a number of pieces to pick up from Carrie Matheson (Claire Danes) recuperation to Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis) political ascendance, but new stories abroad to tackle as well.  In advance of the show's September 30 premiere, how would you like a 20-minute sneak peek?

Showtime is ready to hit home for 'Homeland' season 2, premiering officially on Sunday, September 30 along with the seventh season of 'Dexter,' but why wait until then?  The network has seen fit to release the first 20 minutes of 'Homeland's season 2 premiere 'The Smile,' direct from its website.  In it, we'll learn some of the answers to the burning questions that have ravaged us all year, like just what could get a recovering Carrie Matheson back in the CIA game!

Otherwise, relatively little is known about ‘Homeland’ season 2, other than former ‘LOST’ and ‘Rome’ star Zuleikha Robinson will play a Middle Eastern field journalist with a special relationship to Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban) who delivers an ultimatum to Brody.  Navi Negahban has been moved into a series regular position alongside Jamey Sheridan’s Vice President Walden.

Will Carrie remember the realization she had about Nicholas Brody?  Will Brody carry out any of his terrorist plots?  What about Saul?  Check out the first 20 minutes of 'Homeland' season 2 premiere "The Smile" below, and tell us what you think in the comments!