“The Americans” will have crossed the first half of the third season with its fifth episode “Salang Pass” airing this Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 at 10:00 p.m. on FX. Producers Joseph Weisberg and Joel Fields reveal some aspects into what makes this season poignantly exciting. Read on for more about this news story.
In an exclusive interview with Nuke the Fridge, Weisberg and Fields said that the character of Gabriel, who figures heavily this season, was conceived long before they thought of an actor who would play the part. The role, of course, went to Frank Langella, a seasoned actor. They wrote Gabriel to be purposely different from the Jennings’ former handler Claudia (played by Margo Martindale).
The producers reveal that Gabriel will certainly be in almost all of the episodes this season. Before casting him, several scripts were written out until they finally thought of enlisting Langella for the part.
This season also delves so much on the aspect of parenting, with the Jennings dealing with Paige’s (Holly Taylor) recruitment into the program as one of the main running storyline. However, there is also this other storyline with Philip’s (Matthew Rhys) other wife when he’s assuming the character of Clark. Martha (Allison Wright) in the previous episodes that have already aired, has expressed her desire to foster children, which poses a dilemma for Clark/Philip.
“This is really about marriage and parenting. It’s about what happens to two people who love each other, who want the marriage to work and are committed to each other, but who find themselves in impossible conflict over the most important thing in their lives,” said Fields in the interview.
The producers kept mum about that the scene with Martha learning how to use a gun, but the implication is that it may involve Martha doing more action in the future.
Stan’s (Noah Emmerich) marriage was also discussed in the interview. The writers didn’t imagine the situation he’s on now, where he’s alone and picking up the pieces of the marriage he destroyed. They did not think of this scenario during the first season and Fields kids that it’s all Stan’s fault.
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