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The Americans' series finale offers viewers closure and uncertainty with an outcome that's as devastating as it is full of potential.
In perfectly ironic fashion, Philip and Elizabeth are now effectively immigrants in their own land. The place they once called home has now become unfamiliar. It doesn't represent a fresh start, but it's the closest thing to a new beginning.
The final season of The Americans featured series-best acting by its two leads and a renewed sense of purpose...
Thanks to everything working around [Paige], the series itself will also stand the test of time.
The parking-garage scene reminds us why [the Jennings] been able to get away with everything for so long: They haven't treated their years in America like an act.
Not everyone's story ends cleanly, or happily. That means the viewer gets exactly what she wants.
A thoroughly satisfying ending to six seasons of espionage, marital struggle, and ideology. The last episode...stayed true to the tone of the entire series, with waves of heavy emotion and lots of secret nighttime crawls...
With that concise fight-or-flight dilemma as a skeleton, you can focus on the things that really matter: It's a vastly more emotionally affecting thriller than it was at the start, without question, and a gorgeously acted one as well.
Forging new identities beyond "Soviet" and "American," "START" seems to offer Elizabeth and Philip just that.
The neatly concluded series finale has fallen out of favor....[but] it has been understood that to leave questions unanswered is to respect your audience. Certainly, The Americans leaves plenty of questions unanswered...
The plot of The Americans constantly evades climax -- the finale shuns action-packed shoot-outs and stereotypical spy scenes for close-up shots of its major characters in various, internalised states of shock and trauma.
The bond between Philip and Elizabeth has always eclipsed all of The Americans' other relationships... The complexity of their marriage and love has, to some extent, cut them off from everyone else in their lives. That includes their kids.
The series finale "START" was a fitting way to end a show that has always kept us guessing.