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Published On: Sat, Mar 1st, 2014

Keri Russell discusses ‘The Americans’ season 2, Paige snooping, Elizabeth’s fight scenes

The hit FX show The Americans returned this week to start the second season of the Cold War drama. Star Keri Russell spoke about the main plot points and her character in an interview with IGN.

Keri Russell The Americans season 2 photo“I think the main step forward is they are no longer questioning if they should be together as a couple. So they are a unified front decidedly now,” Russell says reflecting on the final elements of season 1.

“So they are a unified front, but now, for the first time, they are realizing — Elizabeth especially, because Phillip always had it — the threat of outside forces and the threat to their family, just [in terms of] violence. She’s seeing how fragile it all is for the first time, maybe naively. Again, like I did last year for the relationship and the marriage, I think those are such universal themes: fear for your children, sometimes they’re completely ungrounded, sometimes they are real, the influence of outside forces on your kids growing up, and the influence of outside forces on your relationship too. To me, the sense that I get is that it’s really a season about the family and keeping the family safe.”

Keri Russell as Elizabeth with gun the Americans season 2 photoFans are eager to see the fallout of the Elizabeth’s teenage daughter Paige snooping and how this fits in with comments by Russell.

“You question everything your parents do. What’s great is, every parent goes through that, but these parents are killers. They have real threats. Like, if she does find things out, how will that endanger her life, their lives? There’s a storyline, which I love, for her that is just this undoing of Elizabeth, something she gets involved in, which is so delicious to me. It’s this seemingly simple thing, but to Elizabeth it’s like she’s smoking crack every day. She’s like, “What are you doing!?” [Laughs] It’s like this thing where most parents are like, “Oh, good for you, good for you.” Then, by the end, she’ll play a very important part in some story stuff that’s unraveling.”

The Dawn of the Planet of Apes stars discusses Elizabeth’s big fight scenes, her toughness and how season deals with her condition.

“I think what I like about the beginning of Season 2 is, she is so off her game. She’s been knocked off her stable force by the gunshot, the wound, and I think she really doesn’t have her center. I think for a person like Elizabeth that is a really unsettling place to be. She has a little bit of post-traumatic stress from it. She’s a heightened kind of scared. She’s just off her game. Little things that she should be able to do really smoothly are unraveling her.”

Check out the full interview HERE

The Americans airs Wednesdays at 10pm on FX.

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