‘The Americans’ Emmy FYC event: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich and more chat sizzling hot series finale [RED CARPET INTERVIEWS]

FX premiered the highly anticipated series finale of its hit series “The Americans” to Emmy voters on Wednesday, May 30. Gold Derby was on-hand at the Saban Media Center in North Hollywood, CA, and snagged red carpet interviews with stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Margo Martindale, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, and Brandon J. Dirden, as well as creator and co-showrunner Joe Weisberg and co-showrunner Joel Fields. Scroll down and follow the links to see our complete interviews. (SPOILERS FOLLOW)

“I was so surprised, which I always am with their storylines,” recalled Russell when asked about her first reaction to the finale script written by Weisberg and Fields. “I thought they pitched it perfect. I really did. It was so satisfying.” The episode, entitled “START,” finds Elizabeth (Russell) having to flee to Russia with her family after they are found out to be spies by their FBI agent neighbor Stan Beeman (Emmerich).

SEE ‘The Americans’ series finale: Was the farewell episode ‘START’ a worthy finish for FX spy drama? [POLL]

Rhys, who played Elizabeth’s melancholy husband Philip, found the script to be surprising “in the best way,” as opposed to being “explosive or obvious.” Instead, the script contained “far more deeper-reaching surprises that just tore the heart out of you.”

Can “The Americans” hit the Emmy jackpot for its last season? Rhys and Russell have contended in Best Drama Actor and Best Drama Actress for the last two years, while the show picked up its first nomination as Best Drama Series in 2016. Martindale won prizes as Best Drama Guest Actress in 2015 and 2016, competing in 2013 and 2014 (she’s eligible in Best Drama Supporting Actress this year). Weisberg and Fields received writing nominations for the past three years, for the episodes “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep” (2015), “Persona Not Grata” (2016), and “The Soviet Division” (2017).

SEE Nathan Barr (‘The Americans’ composer) on ‘saying goodbye’ to Philip and Elizabeth in ‘very emotional’ final season [EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW]

Click on their names below to be taken to their full red carpet interviews:

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, who play Elizabeth and Philip Jennings

Noah Emmerich, who plays Stan Beeman

Margo Martindale, who plays Claudia

Holly Taylor, who plays Paige Jennings

Keidrich Sellati, who plays Henry Jennings

Brandon J. Dirden, who plays Dennis Aderholt

Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, showrunners

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