Cast & Crew
Oleg Igorevich Burov
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.
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...
Thanks to everything working around [Paige], the series itself will also stand the test of time.
Not everyone's story ends cleanly, or happily. That means the viewer gets exactly what she wants.
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.
The series finale "START" was a fitting way to end a show that has always kept us guessing.
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 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.
Forging new identities beyond "Soviet" and "American," "START" seems to offer Elizabeth and Philip just that.
If The Americans can be said to possess a single through line, I suppose it is this: That no man is an island, that none of us lonely hearts... are invulnerable to feeling, impervious to connection.