And so it begins…the last Season of The Americans! What a debut for us this week – we jump back to the future three years and enter a world familiar yet changed. We check in with the gang – Stan & Dennis, Oleg, and of course the Jennings. Plus we have surprising returns including Claudia and Arkady! And things aren’t looking so hot for Philip and Elizabeth who have diverged over the interim. It took a plus-sized show to set us up and we get one in The Americans Season 6 Episode 1 “Dead Hand” which aired March 28, 2018. It was written by the showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, and was directed by Chris Long.
This is Episode 106 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 107.
There were so many stories out there that it was really hard to choose the news! We head to the Big Apple via The New York Times’ terrific interview with the artist who helped with a new storyline. Next up we have the always reliable Uproxx and Alan Sepinwall’s take as the show begins its ominous endgame, and we have a cool chat in (again) The New York Times as we find out if Holly Taylor will inherit the family business?
Then we proceed to our usual annotated deep dive into the show. Elizabeth has been working alone for quite some time, and the strain is apparent. Paige has become a budding operative under Elizabeth’s and Claudia’s guidance. Philip is now very successful as a full-time civilian running the travel agency. And dancing! Henry has gone off to boarding school and is quite the hockey player. Arkady returns and convinces Oleg to help reform elements in the government, while Elizabeth is recruited to stop those same elements. And after five seasons of becoming closer, Philip and Elizabeth are now worlds apart.
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