The Affair Unveils New Trailer — Plus: EP Weighs In On Conflicting Memories

The only thing that could make The Affair more complex in its second season? Telling the story from four characters’ perspectives instead of two, all of which are on display in the Showtime drama’s newest trailer.

Unveiled just before the show’s panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills, the latest teaser offers our longest glimpse yet at The Affair‘s sophomore run. The video also previews quite a few changes in Season 2, both big (Noah is charged with Scotty’s murder!) and small (Helen has bangs!).

But the biggest difference in the upcoming episodes will be the addition of Helen’s and Cole’s points of view, which series creator Sarah Treem touched upon in the show’s TCA panel, saying, “[Each episode] is still going to be two perspectives. The question is: Whose two perspectives?”

Treem also responded to criticism of the show’s Season 1 format, in which Noah and Alison’s memories of the same event differed drastically. “I know it’s frustrating,” she admitted. “As our characters became put in situations with more and more stress, their recollections started to diverge. That was the principle we were operating under.”

She continued: “We’re not doing it to make sure that everybody understands it perfectly. The POVs are integral to the show… Neither side is right, neither side is wrong, but in the conversation between the two lies the truth.”

The Affair returns Sunday, Oct. 4, at 10/9c. Press PLAY on the video above for a sneak peek at Season 2, then hit the comments with your thoughts!

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4 Comments
  1. John Davis says:

    I’m feeling this season will be a disaster.

    • Fourseasons says:

      It may not be. Obviously, it will come down to how well they mesh the different POV’s together, as the story moves forward.

  2. Elle says:

    Somehow, with that raspy voice, her icy gaze and the unusual configuration of her mouth which makes even a smile suggest surliness, Allison seems more like a woman men are seduced by, even obsessed with rather than someone marked for wedded bliss. That scene in the stylized apartment feels stilted and unnatural, so I just can’t buy into anything from there! And if they turn Helen into a drunk to mitigate the whole disaster, they might just as well bring Brooke in from the Bold and the Beautiful to sleep with all the Lockharts!

  3. Julie says:

    I definitely don’t understand the criticism of the show’s format and their increasingly divergent points of view. To me, that seemed to be the premise of the show…how one significant event (Scotty’s death) and the events that lead to it (Noah and Alison’s affair and its repercussions) are recalled by the people who lived it. Two people are never going to remember the details in the exact same way. They’re going to have their own interpretations. As the season ended, to me it was clear that they were giving versions of the events leading up to his death differently and in a way that potentially hinted at their own innocence. If you ask any detective investigating a crime such as this, I bet you’d find those same parallels in real life, especially as people fight to save their own skin.

    Also, to me at least, it seemed like Noah had a way different interpretation of their “relationship” than Alison did. He seemed way more into her while she seemed way more into a way to escape her real life and the memories of her son.