Fans of “The Americans” will be happy to hear that Margo Martindale, who plays the Jennings’ KGB supervisor Claudia, is returning for multiple episodes, the EPs revealed to reporters at the 2014 TCA press tour.
“Claudia is back, we’ll see her in several episodes,” says executive producer Joel Fields. “It’s hard to argue with Margo Martindale, we love her. We’re excited and grateful to have her back.”
In addition to Martindale’s return, Season 2 will also see the Jennings’ children, Henry and Paige, playing a bigger part in the series. “We saw the first season very much as a marriage between this couple and the ups and downs and the terrible struggles to see if they would stay together or not,” says EP Joe Weisberg. “[In Season 2], the problems are going to come from Henry and Paige, in particular, and we’ll see how the family struggles to hold it together this season.”
As for the direction the show is going, the EPs say that they do discuss the ending, including whether it should be a happy or not-so-happy ending.
“We have a lot of different things percolating in our heads,” says Weisberg. “Could this have a very dark, difficult, sad and tragic ending? Could it be a happy ending for this family. Some of the question lies in is this a Russian story or an American story?”
“We always half-joke about a season in Russia,” cracks Fields. “I don’t mean to give anybody at FX a heart attack.”
But no matter what direction the show takes, it will always be around gray areas. Star Noah Emmerich, who plays FBI agent Stan Beeman (the foil to the Jennings as Russian spies), says he sees all the characters on the show as the good guys.
“I think one of the great opportunities the show affords is seeing people as people first, as human beings, and political, socio-economic agendas coming second,” says Emmerich. “Which is one of the things I think is difficult for the audience, in a good way. You don’t know who to root for. Here’s this couple trying to take down the United States of America and you’re rooting for them because of their humanity.”
“I think it’s a conversation that’s important to be having today,” he continues, “in a world where we often try to reduce everything to black and white … touching on our commonality as people first.”
“The Americans” returns Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.