Oh The Americans. One of the most intense, nuanced, anxiety-inducing series to ever air on television is soon coming to an end. I can’t take it! Long before the Russians were infiltrating our elections, they were infiltrating our hearts thanks to Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, i.e. Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys‘ beautiful and complicated portrayal of two deep undercover spies. While the show didn’t initially grab me (I’m not big into spycraft), the relationship between the two, and the honesty and realism of their family life (even among such extraordinary circumstances) kept me coming back. The show was at the height of its game in Seasons 3 and 4 — emotionally devastating and almost unbearably taught when it came to plot — and while Season 5 might have felt a little like it was treading water, the show has never lost its distinction as one of the best shows on TV.
Now, in Season 6, it’s time to say goodbye to the Jennings … in more ways than one? There are so many questions: will the duo survive the series? Will they remain together? Will Paige choose the life of the country she was born into, or the one her parents have taught her to love? And what about Henry?? Check out the final season trailer below, as well as some images from the first episode back:
And, here’s a super general synopsis if you haven’t caught up yet — and you should! The Americans returns to FX for its final run starting Wednesday, March 28th.
The Americans is a period drama about the complex marriage of two KGB spies posing as Americans in suburban Washington D.C. during the Reagan administration. The arranged marriage of Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) grows more passionate and genuine by the day, but as the pressures and demands of the job grow heavier, the personal toll becomes almost too exhausting to bear. Having revealed their true identities to their teenage daughter Paige (Holly Taylor), Philip and Elizabeth’s ability to protect their cover and their family’s safety deteriorates. After a particularly fraught mission, Philip and Elizabeth decide to end their tour and take their family home to Russia. However, a game-changing development in one of their ongoing cases forces them to abandon those plans for the sake of the motherland. Now, Paige delves deeper into the family business, even as Philip takes a step back from it. The Jennings struggle to maintain a smokescreen of normalcy, especially around their son, Henry (Keidrich Sellati), who remains blissfully ignorant of the spies in his midst. Their neighbor and Philip’s best friend, FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), has also yet to discover their true identities. Although he’s transferred divisions, Stan remains their greatest threat since his friend and former partner, Agent Dennis Aderholt (Brandon J. Dirden), leads the force tasked with uncovering the Soviet Illegals hiding in plain sight. With Gorbachev in power in the Soviet Union, the winds of change are sweeping through both Russia and America, creating new perils. A growing rift within the KGB draws disillusioned former officer Oleg Burov (Costa Ronin) back into the fray, and may set Philip and Elizabeth on opposing sides as the Cold War reaches its boiling point.