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Imagine you’re FBI agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), and you just learned that the next door neighbors who’ve been your best friends for the last few years are literally Soviet spies, the types you’ve been hunting all this time during the tail-end years of the Cold War.
Wouldn’t you just lose it?
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But, no, Stan kept his cool. And though he had the Jennings spy family of Philip (Matthew Rhys), Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Paige (Holly Taylor) at gunpoint, sweating under the parking garage lights for the activities they were accountable for, the trio were able to tap dance their way out of being cuffed. And in return for letting them go, you could say they indirectly gave Stan the OK to have custody of their son Henry Jennings. He’s the innocent guy in all of this who didn’t need to be tied up in their hijinks and made for collateral damage.
And so it is that the final episode ever of FX’s The Americans, “Start” goes out as a negotiation, and not so much a bang.
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But for The Americans creator Joe Weisberg and EP Joel Fields, the series was destined to go down as a peace treaty between the Russians and Yanks, and not with any one Jennings taking a bullet.
“There’s a lot of shooting that usually goes down with different spy stories and when it comes to our main characters, it’s all about relationships. It’s a show about parenthood, and very close friendships. The most interesting scenes in our show are when people are talking to each other, and yelling at each other; it’s all these people baring their souls,” Weisberg tells Deadline about that the calm getaway that the Jennings pulled off tonight.
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