“The Americans” showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields have made Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell do a lot of messed up stuff to each other — and themselves –while playing married KGB spies Philip and Elizabeth over the past five years.
And now that they are entering the sixth and final season, TheWrap thought it was high time they answer for those dark deeds. So we asked them how they live with themselves after creating such nasty plot points.
“It’s not uncommon that we will be sitting there — sometimes it’s when we’re writing, sometimes it’s when we’re editing — but we sit there and we look at each other and we say, ‘We’re going to hell,'” Weisberg said. “So really, the answer is yes. We don’t feel bad enough that we don’t continue to do it, but we have our pangs of conscience.”
When asked how they felt about this final installment as a whole, they said, “pretty bad.”
“Over the course of the season — I think it’s fair to say, there’s certainly one moment this season where we looked at each other and felt like we were definitely going to hell,” Weisberg said.
“There’s one thing where I almost couldn’t go home afterward and face my family,” Fields added.
When we tried to get a little more intel on that particular scene, all Weisberg said was: “You’ll know it when you see it… Trust us, you won’t be wondering after it.”
So be on the lookout for that — though it sounds like you won’t need to look hard.
The sixth and final season of “The Americans” premieres March 28 at 10 p.m. on FX.