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Dead Hand



Critic Consensus: Tensions mount in "Dead Hand," an unusually fast-paced installment that barrels toward the show's seemingly inevitable endgame.

Episode Info

Season 6 opener: In the autumn of 1987, a major arms-control summit looms, and Elizabeth is pushed to her limits as never before; and Philip has settled into running their expanded travel agency, until an unexpected visitor makes a disquieting request.


Matthew Rhys
as Philip Jennings
Keri Russell
as Elizabeth Jennings
Holly Taylor
as Paige Jennings
Keidrich Sellati
as Henry Jennings
Noah Emmerich
as Stan Beeman
Lev Gorn
as Arkady

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Critic reviews for Dead Hand

"Dead Hand" hits the ground running and set up a harrowing last leg of the journey.

March 29, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Watching The Americans in 2018 is a much different experience than watching The Americans in 2013 - not just because it's much better show than it was during that first season...

June 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The Americans has created a believable, lived-in, logical universe for itself. Now that logical universe has led to a logical conclusion - a conclusion that any entertainment-seeking TV fan would love to see.

March 29, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The Americans has always been a tragedy in the making... It was a bargain those watching entered into willingly, though knowing that does little to take the edge off a premiere filled with a deep sense of unease and even sadness.

March 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Though it may have three fewer episodes to play with here in its final season, The Americans doesn't feel rushed - even with the giant three-year jump.

March 29, 2018 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

One marvelous and heartbreaking hour into its 10-episode final season, a happy ending for anyone in the Jennings family seems so far away.

December 27, 2018 | Full Review…

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