The end is near for The Americans — the Cold War thriller is set to conclude with Season 5 or 6.
That’s the verdict from showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, who tell THR that they have a “pretty good sense” of how the story will resolve, with series finale talks already underway with FX:
Do you know how and when you want to end the series?
WEISBERG We have a pretty good sense. I would say we got it down to about four different endings. So we’re pretty well honed in on a zone we’re going to go to, but we haven’t decided for sure. And the way that we work, it could also all change. As it gets closer, we could come up with something totally different that would surprise me.
And is that a conversation you’ve been having with FX?
WEISBERG We haven’t told them our thoughts for how the story ends, but we’ve had conversations with them about wrapping up after five or six seasons.
With the public admission that The Americans is a five or six season series, Fields is confident FX will allow the show to end on its own terms by stumping up the final renewal(s) needed:
And they’ve come to us and said that that’s not going to be a business decision from them — it’s a creative decision from us. So they’ve liberated us to do what’s going to be right for the show. There’s no danger that there will be a sudden end to the show. I think we’ll be able to reach the end that feels right to us dramatically.
Stay tuned to find out whether The Americans does indeed spy the fifth and possibly sixth season needed to wrap the series…