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Review: The final season premiere of 'The Americans' is bittersweet

The Americans

A bittersweet moment has presented itself for fans of critically acclaimed television shows.

Another great season premiere of “The Americans” aired. That’s the sweet. The bitter is it’s the beginning of the end for this highly regarded period drama.

A show that’s past five seasons have been praised by every critic who has reviewed it, it’s critical average on Rotten Tomatoes puts it in the same category as “Game of Thrones” and “Breaking Bad.”

Season 6 may be the end of this series, but it shows no signs of series fatigue as it continues its dominance of high praises in the critics circle and with audiences.

Series writer, executive producer and creator Joseph Weisberg has given audiences a great start to the final season of this show. Directed by Emmy nominated Chris Long, the season premiere takes us inside the hectic and troubled lives of your average KGB (Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti) spies living next door to Washington D.C. in the backdrop of 1980s America. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and her daughter Paige Jennings (Holly Taylor) are more entrenched in the world of espionage than ever before. The intensity and realism of what they're doing seems to be catching up with Elizabeth, who always wants to serve her country through complete loyalty without any questions asked. While Paige, who still struggles to adjust to her life as a spy for the Soviet Union, just wants to make her mother proud.

The father, Phillip Jennings (Matthew Rhys), has been on the sidelines. He's more hesitant and questions why their government has them do some of the assignments they're assigned. He’s a more honest and open person who seems to have no shame in taking a step back from this double life he has been living. Focusing more on the travel agency business, they run as a cover.

As of now, other characters such as FBI agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) and Soviet embassy agent Arkady Zotov (Lev Gorn) don’t have much screen time. However, being the start of this season, it’s only a matter of time before we see more.

Endings of great moments are bittersweet. Everyone has them, whether it’s one’s graduation from college, seeing one of your siblings getting married or the ending of a great television show such as this. "The Americans" will go down, when it’s all said and done, as one of the greatest shows in history. That will be a sweet moment, but bitter because it had to end.

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