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The Americans Stars on the Satisfying Final Season

In this week’s episode, Variety‘s executive editor of TV, Debra Birnbaum, talks with “The Americans” stars Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell about what’s in store for the acclaimed series’ final season. And in the second half of the podcast, “Trust” stars Donald Sutherland and Hilary Swank and director Danny Boyle discuss why they wanted to tackle the story of the Getty kidnapping.

“Everyone dies,” jokes Rhys about “The Americans” finale. “Knowing that it’s coming to an end hasn’t quite sunk in yet.”

While they won’t reveal any specifics about the Jennings’ fate, Russell reveals, “We just read the end, and I have to say it’s incredibly satisfying.”

Agrees Rhys, “I thought it would be difficult for them to tie everything up in one neat parcel [but] I don’t personally believe any real stone was left unturned.”

The final season opener, which is set in the late ’80s, finds the couple at odds with each other — distanced by Philip’s decision to leave the family business.

“There’s a thawing in the Cold War, where there’s this freezing between Philip and Elizabeth,” says Rhys. “That thawing affects directly their relationship.”

What further complicates their relationship is that Paige (Holly Taylor) is even more engaged in the family business, training as a spy, with each of them on opposite sides.

“I wonder if Elizabeth even questions if Paige is right for this,” says Russell.