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Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys on That Big Third-Act Surprise on The Americans

Claudia (Margo Martindale) makes an assignment.

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Each week on Slate’s Americans podcast, June Thomas sits down with the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans as they reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama’s fifth season.

This week, Thomas speaks with Stephen Schiff, who wrote Episode 510, “Darkroom,” about the importance of subtext on the show. Later, she chats with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys about the episode’s shocking third-act development, and prop master Daniel Fischer shares some of the show’s behind-the-scenes secrets.

Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode. New episodes air Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

Podcast production by June Thomas.