Barry steps in as interim president and sets the stage for the democratic elections; army leaders take measures too far in an attempt to secure peace; an American General, who has a history with Leila, arrives in Abuddin.
Barry discovers that he only has a tenuous hold over Abuddin; Sammy embarks on a risky relationship; Ihab seeks revenge; Fauzi returns and gets thrust into a political role; Molly's visit to a military hospital goes awry.
Barry and Molly try desperately to prevent a personal tragedy; Fauzi and Daliyah grow close through work; Ahmed learns something about Nusrat's past.
A catastrophe threatens to rock the country to its core and Barry and Molly respond in vastly different ways; protests break out in Abuddin; Al-Qadi struggles with his position between Islamic faction; Fauzi and Leila launch their campaigns.
Following thwarted terrorist attacks, Barry bans open prayer at the University and causes a huge backlash; Al-Qadi stands up against the restriction on religious freedom; Daliyah and Barry comfort each other; Leila's relationship with Cogswell heats up, as does her campaign.
Barry's policies put Daliyah in danger; Al-Qadi offers a risky plan in an effort to move toward peace; Fauzi puts his heart on the line but Daliyah feels conflicted; Barry cracks down on the political process as the election spirals out of control.
Emma's death haunts Barry, as does his failure to kill Ihab; Leila leaves the government and forms an unexpected partnership; the Caliphate speeds up plans to invade Abuddin while Ihab connects with Mahdiya.
Molly returns to Abuddin to pursue her daughter's killer; Leila and Cogswell hope for a brief escape from the world only to find that its impossible; Barry take a hard line with the country in the wake of his daughter's death.
When Abuddin falls into chaos, Daliyah takes a public stand against Barry and convinces Fauzi to leave; Barry gives Maloof authority to shut down Leila's opposition to regain control; Ahmed pressures his mother to surrender.
Barry and Molly are on the brink of war with the Caliphate; Leila makes a bold political move; Barry and Daliyah come to a crossroads in their relationship; the conflict in Abuddin threatens to turn into a bloody civil war.