Sporting bangs and a one-year-sober chip from Alcoholics Anonymous, Bowden has completely uprooted her life, moving from New York City to Los Angeles seemingly effortlessly. It feels like everything has changed in just one year, but actually, basically, nothing has.
Aside from being sober, Bowden is following her same instincts, which—as we've seen time and time again in Season one—have gotten her into some pretty tough binds. And while she's still working as a flight attendant, she's got a bit of a new side hustle going on that was hinted at in the finale of the first season: working as a civilian asset for the CIA. Basically, the CIA assigns her a person to keep an eye on for a period of time and her job is to take account of the situation and report back to her agent. In this role, she's not supposed to interact with the asset—her only job is to observe from a distance. Emphasis on observe.
At the start of Season two, she's given a new asset as she's headed off to Berlin. Now, with this being the Cassie Bowden that we all know and love, she's going to approach this new job as if she were a high-level detective with the FBI. In fact, her reporting officer has even called her out in the past, forbidding her from getting too close to her assets.
Ignoring those rules, Bowden decides to strike up a lively conversation with her asset at the bar, later following him around Berlin and taking multiple photos of him throughout the day. But the thing is—she notices something a little different on that first night. While spying on his hotel room from across the way (okay, we're definitely breaking those civilian assets rules here), she notices him with a blonde who looks very similar to herself—including having an exact copy of the tattoo she has on her back.
Freaked out by this, she heads back down and tracks her asset, who has left his hotel room. Right as he's getting into his car, a massive explosion goes off and he's instantly killed.
Now that's quite the premise to follow for the remainder of the season, as we've got some serious things to work with here.
While some devoted viewers of the show were concerned that Bowden's being sober would make the series less interesting, it basically has had the opposite effect. Instead of blaming her visions and conversations with Alex on her alcohol consumption, it's now clear that that wasn't the issue at all; instead, it's just herself and what triggers her.
This time around, she's having conversations with her old self, who's constantly donning party dresses and drinking. In one of her AA meetings, Bowden is particularly disturbed by a man who's poking holes in her "everything is better now" way of life.
"I remember early in my recovery—that f***ing pink cloud where I was kind of just stupidly naive and thought everything was 'pretty great,'" he said.
While it doesn't feel like we're going to see Bowden start drinking again as of right now, this sentiment feels more so like it will apply to her paranoid psyche moving forward. Everything did seem to be going well in her life up until the explosion in Berlin, though even unrelated to that, there were a few moments where it feels like Bowden might just be putting up a front.
My hope for this season is that we'll go even deeper into her changing state of mind—maybe not with childhood flashbacks as we did in the previous season, but more with introspection into herself through talking to the "Old Cassie."
And on top of what's going on with the explosion, it looks like we'll also be revisiting a fan favorite from last season: Megan. We were only given smaller glimpses into Megan's covert operations in Season one, but it seems like her plot will be given a larger spotlight this time around, as she has been basically missing for a year. It's actually unclear whether or not she's currently hiding out or has been kidnapped—you know, the usual.