Janelle Monáe plays an amnesiac woman with a mysterious past who suspects that everyone around her is covering up a dark secret in the second season of Homecoming, Amazon Prime's critically acclaimed psychological thriller. The first season, starring Julia Roberts, was an adaptation of the popular podcast of the same name, developed for television by showrunner Sam Esmail.
(Some spoilers for S1 below.)
The first season alternated between early 2018 and 2022. In the earlier time period, Heidi Bergman (Julia Roberts) is a caseworker with a secret government facility known as the Homecoming Transitional Support Center, in charge of treating a young veteran named Walter Cruz (Stephan James), recovering from trauma experienced during his last deployment. In 2022, Heidi is living with her mother in Tampa and working as a waitress. She is approached by a Department of Defense investigator named Thomas Carrasco (Shea Whigham) about a past complaint that Cruz had been restrained at the facility against his will. But Heidi has no recollection of Cruz or anything pertaining to his case.
We soon learn that the "treatment" at the Homecoming facility consists of gradually increasing dosages of memory-erasing drugs in the patients' food. Clearly, something very bad happened there involving Walter and Heidi, and Carrasco is determined to uncover the truth, leading to a tense final confrontation.
Homecoming S1 earned rave reviews, particularly for Roberts' understated performance. It currently holds a 98 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Amazon had ordered two seasons of the show, so we were always going to get a S2, even though S1 wrapped up its story quite neatly.
Per the official S2 premise: Monáe's as-yet-unnamed character "wakes in a rowboat adrift a lake, with no memory of how she got there—or even who she is. Her ensuing search for identity will lead her into the heart of the Geist Group, the unconventional wellness company behind the Homecoming Initiative." That doesn't give much away. But Esmail told TVLine last year that S2 will deviate substantially from the original podcast.