Slight spoiler alert about Season 5 of FX’s The Americans. The TCA press corps needled The Americans EPs Joseph Weisberg and Joel Fields about what the series’ final two seasons might be like. Here’s what they divulged about the Cold War drama starring Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell as Americanized Soviet spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings:
— Of Philip’s second wife, a former FBI secretary: “Martha is not dead, and there’s good reports from Gabriel (Frank Langella) about how she’s doing,” revealed Fields.
— The Jennings’ son, Henry (Keidrich Sellati), has been kept in the dark about his parents’ spy affairs, but “he’ll become more and more part of the story,” said Fields.
— “The (Soviet) recruitment of daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) will finally come to a boil,” said Weisberg.
— The suspicions between the Jennings and their FBI neighbor Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) “get more suspicious, but in an unexpected way,” said Fields.
— Philip’s son Misha, as we saw in the season 4 finale, is on his way to the U.S.
— Langella and Margo Martindale will be returning as Soviets handlers Gabriel and Claudia, respectively.
Weisberg spoke about cleaning house in Season 4 with the deaths of Nina (Annet Mahendru) and FBI chief Gaad (Richard Thomas) and Martha being sent to the USSR. While it took the EPs three seasons to break these characters, the duo said today that they don’t expect any other upcoming characters to have that much weight in the Jennings’ lives. Not that there won’t be any important characters.
The next two seasons will be 13 and 10 episodes, respectively. Season 5 will debut around the spring. In regards to any spinoffs, Fields was mum, saying, “We’re just focusing on making Season 5 and 6 they best they can be.”
This year, the critically acclaimed series finally made a huge breakthrough at the Emmys, earning top noms for best drama, actress (Russell) and actor (Rhys). In total, The Americans counts five noms this year including honors for writing (the episode “Persona non Grata” by Weisberg and Fields) and for guest drama actress Martindale as tough-as-nails Soviet spy ring leader Claudia.