If last week’s season finale of FX’s The Americans left you incredibly anxious for the second season coming next year, you might take some solace in some highlights from a recent press conference call with the creator, executive producer and writer Joe Weisberg and executive producer, writer Joel Fields.
If you haven’t seen all the way through the last episode, you’ll want to stop reading now:
Weisberg on where the idea for the show came from. “In 2010, if you remember, there were a bunch of Russian intelligence service spies who were arrested in the United States and a lot of people were very surprised that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia was still sending this type of deep cover spies to spy on the United States. They were posing as everyday Americans. They were, in other words, illegal, like Philip and Elizabeth. After the FBI arrested them and carted them off to jail, I got a call from the heads of DreamWorks Television, Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, who asked me if I’d be interested in developing a television show based on what had happened. I said yes, that would be great, I would love to do that, and then I wandered the streets for a little while until I thought of putting it back in the Cold War, which would make it a little more exciting. That was the genesis of the show.”
Fields on whether or not Margo Martindale (as Claudia) will be able to return to the show next season. “We love Claudia and we love Margo Martindale. You know, we know that there’s some pilot that we’ve been told about, some CBS, little startup – I don’t even know that you could call it a network – but the KGB has a very, very long reach and we believe that when given the opportunity, they will return Claudia to her rightful position doing what it is she should be doing.”
Weisberg on what happens next for Nina and Stan. “That’s been such a powerful and intense part of the season, both the spycraft and the emotional journey. Seeing where that goes next season is going to be one of the cornerstones of the season next year.”
On what was the intention behind the final scene of the season finale with Paige in the laundry room. “Paige is this daughter in a fake marriage from this family of spies, but really, you know, in a way all that’s going on in that finale scene in that laundry room is she’s doing what every adolescent does, which is starting to question whether or not her parents are who they really, really said they were, which is something every adolescent goes through and we all can relate to. It’s just that in her case, boy is she right.”