Things We Learn on The Americans At New York Comic Con 2014


The Americans won’t return to FX until 2015 but the cast and producers stopped by New York Comic Con to share a few things with the die hard fans. Creator Joseph Weisberg, executive producer Joel Fields and actors Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich and Annet Mahendru all attended the event wearing Commic Con t-shirts. They were all game on spillling plenty of jokes on stage, but all remained very tightlipped when it came to The Americans Season 3 spoilers. We still hit some scores with a few hints we learn from the cast.

1.Stan’s life won’t get any easier. I must have heard somewhere over the audience to cut him some slack, although that probably isn’t happening. The man will find trouble anywhere he goes, even if he isn’t with Nina. “We keep saying ‘Stan’s got to catch a break! He’s got to catch a break!’ and then he just doesn’t catch a break,” Weisberg said.

2.Is Nina pregnant? A fan asked if Nina (Annet Mahendru) could possibly be pregnant and everyone danced around an answer. “Weisberg and Fields both just scribbled notes under the table,” Rhys joked. We might all be itchy for a confirmation, but right now the only thing Mahendru can say is that she will be alive in the beginning of the season.

3. Afghanistan in 1983. “The war in Afghanistan will loom large this season,” Weisberg teased. He didn’t say how exactly it would affect the characters, though. We might know the history, or do we?

4. From marriage to parenting, we saw a lot of changes in the household. Now it’s not just an espionage game anymore when they have to involve their children. “For us the show is working best when Phillip, Elizabeth and the other characters are all struggling with things that everybody struggles with in their family and relationships,” Fields said. “But because of their situation, it’s on a much more heightened, life and death level.”

Elizabeth (Keri Russell) will still be conflicted about training her daughter Paige (Holly Taylor). Ordered by their bosses to groom their daughter for espionage work, Phillip (Rhys) certainly wants to disobey while Elizabeth thinks it might be good for her. “I think there are so many layers for this moment as a mother for Elizabeth watching this daughter be of the age that she was when she began working for the K.G.B.,” Russell said.

5. How older technology helps writers. When a fan asked about researching older technology, Weisberg had to laugh. “I wish I could call it ‘research’ instead of ‘memory,’” he joked. “The fact that we have to use this old technology and our guys don’t have cell phones and can’t solve so many problems by calling each other makes a lot of our stories work and makes a lot of our stories more interesting.”

6. Does Musical Montages Have Hidden Meanings? “Everything has hidden meanings on this show,” Fields laughed. “We come up with a lot in advance, but we don’t think about musical montages in advance. We think about story and character.”

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