Over the past five years, Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell have been working tirelessly on one of the most underrated, high performing shows on television. The Americans is a show that tackles a myriad of subjects from family to relationships to loyalty to violence while following the lives of Russian spies living in America.
The finale episode of the series aired last night as it closed the sixth season.
Rhys and Russell, who met when they were both cast in the roles opposite one another, have fallen in love, become a real-life couple and even had a baby since the show began. Russell has two children from a previous relationship.
They reveal that they’re really happy about getting to just spend some time with their kids and to slow down the pace of things a bit.
They’ve been working pretty consistently for the past 8 months with long days and long hours and want to really get back to spending some quality time as a family.
Russell says she’s ready to get back to normal stuff like school runs, breakfast and dinners as a family and picking them up from school.
Rhys revealed that he always thought he knew what being tired was like and then he became a father and realized just what “always tired is.”
As far as the success of The Americans and any potential spinoffs or revivals, co-creators Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, aren’t interested.
Despite many loose ends being tied up during the final episode, there are some lingering questions that viewers will likely grapple with.
However, Weisberg and Feilds feel pretty good about leaving the world of the show behind and think very strongly that “it’s done.”
The show made a tremendous run in its six seasons and many critics and fans are betting this is the year the show finally gets award recognition come award season.
Only time will tell but as for now, Rhys and Russell are enjoying being partners and parents behind the scenes.