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Published On: Sat, Oct 11th, 2014

NYCC 2014: ‘The Americans’ season 3, Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Creators on details

From the New York Comic-Con, The Americans panel was comprised of creator Joseph Weisberg; executive producer Joel Fields; and stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, and Annet Mahendru –  all wearing “Commie Con” shirts.

the-americans-season-2-posterThere were a few hints at The Americans season 3 and what fans may expect after a series of clips to catch up the novice fan and a little more than 30 minutes more from the panel.

Season three was confirmed to be set in 1983 with the Afghanistan War a key to the backdrop. “The war in Afghanistan will loom large this season,” Weisberg said.

Fields and Russell gave the biggest insight in the “parenting” theme on the show.

“For us the show is working best when Phillip, Elizabeth and the other characters are all struggling with things that everybody struggles with in their family and relationships,” Fields said. “But because of their situation, it’s on a much more heightened, life and death level.”

The Russian leadership has instructed training for Elizabeth and Phillip’s daughter Paige, played by Holly Taylor, but this be a challenge.

“I think there are so many layers for this moment as a mother for Elizabeth watching this daughter be of the age that she was when she began [working for the K.G.B.],” Russell said.

It’s given that Stan, played by Emmerich, will see his life continue to spiral downward. When a fan asked if Nina (Mahendru) could possibly be pregnant, there were no answers.

“[Weisberg and Fields] both just scribbled notes under the table,” Rhys joked.

The only thing Mahendru was “allowed” to tell the audience was that her character would be alive at the beginning of Season 3 – so, yes, it sounds likely that she is pregnant (or will be).

“We keep saying ‘Stan’s got to catch a break! He’s got to catch a break!’ and then he just doesn’t catch a break,” Weisberg said.

Rhys addressed a question about play acting as Phillip goes into a disguise. “I don’t have to be a great actor, I just have to convince the person in front of me.”

“I wish I could call it ‘research’ instead of ‘memory,’” Weisberg joked about researching the 1980’s tech after a fan question. “The fact that we have to use this old technology and our guys don’t have cell phones and can’t solve so many problems by calling each other makes a lot of our stories work and makes a lot of our stories more interesting.”

When prompted about the music on the show.

“Everything has hidden meanings on this show,” Fields laughed. “We come up with a lot in advance, but we don’t think about musical montages in advance. We think about story and character.”

The Americans Season 3 will premiere on FX in January.

Keri Russell on "The Americans"

Keri Russell on “The Americans”

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