FX‘s “The Americans” came to a close on Wednesday night, May 30, after six seasons of espionage. But what did you think of the ending? The series finale, titled “START,” was written by showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg and directed by Chris Long. Do they deserve Emmys? Scroll down to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post. (SPOILERS FOLLOW)
By the end of the series the walls were closing in on Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell), two KGB spies who have been working undercover in the United States for decades as mild-mannered travel agents. Their neighbor and friend, FBI agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), finally deduced that they were the Russian “illegals” he had been investigating for years, leading to a confrontation between Stan and the Jennings clan as they prepared to escape to Russia with their daughter Paige (Holly Taylor).
But they all had crucial decisions to make that forced them to look beyond their political and national allegiances. Philip and Elizabeth turned on their KGB superiors once they learned that the organization had gone rogue and was secretly working to depose Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. So Stan had to decide whether to arrest them or trust them in order to keep the peace process alive between Russia and the US.
Stan let them escape, which meant that both he and the Jennings essentially betrayed their countries in the hope of achieving peace between their countries. But it wasn’t without consequences for all involved. Philip and Paige found themselves separate from both of their children — perhaps forever. And Stan was left with the suspicion that the woman he loves, Renee (Laurie Holden), might be another spy.
Was this ending all that you hoped for? Writers Fields and Weisberg have been Emmy nominated for Best Drama Writing for the last three years in a row, for the episodes “Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep” (2015), “Persona Non Grata” (2016) and “The Soviet Division” (2017), so there’s a strong chance “START” could be a contender as well, and maybe also their first episode to win. In the 21st century so far only two series finales have won Best Drama Writing: “Made in America” from “The Sopranos” (2007) and “Always” from “Friday Night Lights” (2011).
“The Americans” has never been nominated for directing, however. Chris Long has directed nine episodes of the show altogether, but he’s also an executive producer, so he earned an Emmy nomination in 2016 along with the rest of the producing team when the show was nominated for Best Drama Series.
Then, of course, there are the actors. Emmerich and Taylor have yet to be nominated for the show, but Rhys and Russell have earned lead-acting nominations for the last two years in a row. Do they deliver the goods to finally win? Vote below to let us know if you thought “START” was a worthy finish for “The Americans.”
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