Masterpiece | Indian Summers: Season 2
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Watch Sundays at 10pm, September 11 through November 20, 2016 on WMHT-TV
As Season 2 opens, it is three years later, 1935. Ralph and Madeline are married. Aafrin has just returned from an official posting in Bengal, where he has fallen in love with freedom-fighter Kaira Das and also befriended firebrand nationalist Naresh Banerjee, who is menacingly paranoid. Just as unbalanced is Alice’s estranged husband, Charlie Havistock, who has shown up from England, determined to humiliate her for deserting him with their young son.
Adding to the intrigue is the Maharajah of Amritpur, the fabulously wealthy ruler of one of India’s princely states. A man of influence and strong appetites, he holds the key to Ralph’s future—in concert with his sensual English mistress, Sirene, whose face is strangely familiar to Simla’s expats.
And then there is Ralph’s rival, Lord Hawthorne, who has the aristocratic lineage for the viceroy’s job but is having trouble adapting to the culture of the subcontinent. Still, he has no problem turning on the charm to Leena Prasad, the attractive former teacher at Simla’s mission school.
Enriching the new season is the dilemma faced by Aafrin’s sister Sooni, who wants to use her law degree to benefit the people but faces family pressure to submit to an arranged marriage. Fate intervenes to give her the choice of three very different suitors.
Of course, the big story is the inexorable push toward Indian independence, which is being promoted peacefully by Gandhi and less temperately by someone who promises “to blow them all up until it is raining hands and bloody feet!”
Episode One | Sunday, September 11 at 10pm
Three years have passed since last season. Aafrin is secretly fighting for Indian independence from inside the civil service. Does Ralph suspect his disloyalty?
Episode Two | Sunday, September 18 at 10pm
Aafrin saves his friend’s life but gets a gruesome payback. Ralph’s ambition faces a roadblock. Sooni feels family pressure. And Madeline extracts the truth.
Episode Three | Sunday, September 25 at 10pm
Sooni and Ian compare notes to solve the mystery of Kaira’s murder. Aafrin intrudes on a domestic scene. The Maharajah arrives with his latest flame, a familiar face.
Episode Four | Sunday, October 2 at 10pm
Sooni confronts Aafrin and receives a shock. Madeline tries to line up a key ally for Ralph. Lord Hawthorne’s interest in Leena deepens dangerously.
Episode Five | Sunday, October 16 at 10pm
Lord Hawthorne wants Adam arrested for setting him afire. Alice and Aafrin’s affair teeters on exposure. A marriage descends into sadism. The dead and presumed dead return.
Episode Six | Sunday, October 23 at 10pm
Naresh executes a diabolical plan. Aafrin tries desperately to stop it. Ralph finally puts two and two together. Simla’s populace turns out innocently for a picnic.
Episode Seven | Sunday, October 30 at 10pm
Three rivals vie for Sooni. The Maharajah tests Ralph and Madeline. Sarah starts a new life. Aafrin and Alice play with fire. Cynthia opens up about the past.
Episode Eight | Sunday, November 6 at 10pm
Alice and Aafrin hatch an ambitious plan with Cynthia’s help. Sooni chooses a husband. Ralph is double-crossed. Ian gets a clue in a cold case.
Episode Nine | Sunday, November 13 at 10pm
With treason charges pending, Aafrin faces a dire fate. Alice’s prospects are no less grim. Ralph’s destiny is also in the balance—not helped by Ian’s disclosure of Ralph’s role in the Sood case.
Episode Ten | Sunday, November 20 at 10pm
Aafrin tries to stop Alice and Charlie from leaving for England. A fateful roadblock awaits. Cynthia makes a surprise investment. Sooni has a rite of passage.