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‘The Americans’ Season 5 Finale: 3 Things It Nailed, and One It Didn’t

FX’s spy drama ended its second-to-last season on Tuesday

(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Tuesday’s Season 5 finale of “The Americans.”]

“The Americans” wrapped up its penultimate season on Tuesday, which included a much-needed happy twist for a fan-favorite character, along with the choice use of an Elton John hit.

Among the pivotal moments for the heralded FX drama’s Season 5 finale was Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) opting to continue their lives as spies after learning that Kimmy’s father has been promoted to head up the CIA’s Soviet division.

Fans had a lot to say on Twitter during the episode. Here are three things they praised, in addition to one aspect of the finale that appears to have divided viewers.

Success: “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”
Elizabeth and Philip contemplated saying goodbye to their bourgeois lifestyle during a montage that was set to the 1973 Elton John tune. Fans had plenty of positive feedback for the choice of song that aired as Philip and Stan enjoyed a little racquetball.

Success: Martha is back
Martha (Alison Wright) appears to be getting some sunshine in her life despite her exile, as she is about to adopt an adorable Russian girl.

Success: Paige swings away
Elizabeth and daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) did a bit of sparring in the garage, and viewers enjoyed the shot of adrenaline, along with getting to see Paige handle that shot to the mouth in much the same way that her mom would.

But … did it lack big moments?
Was the episode a bit on the slow side, or is the show just continuing to create suspense as it heads into the final stretch? The debate rages on.