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If you've fallen away from the series because you miss the process-y spy stuff, be advised that it's back with a vengeance, here in the home stretch. Yes, the show's about issues of trust and support, but it's still got a serious body count.
The history itself is no spoiler; we know how the Cold War played out. But The Americans understands history as more than the record of which nations rise and fall. It's also the story of individual people for whom life goes on, or doesn't.
The fact that the Jennings' story is ending gives this season much of its dramatic heft and importance, as characters who haven't seen each other in ages come together again, and as each choice in each personal and political maze carries more finality.
The magnitude of the espionage feels unconvincing, and the murder-happy episodes suggest they learned the wrong lesson from last year's too-slow burn. But The Americans gets more patient when it examines the widening cracks in the Jennings marriage.