“The Americans” will start its third season run on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, on FX. Can’t remember what happened during the end of the second season? Here’s a short recap to refresh your memory and a brief detail of what to expect.
Last season, Philip (Matthew Rhys) shot Larrick (Lee Targesen), and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) subsequently murdered him. He was the navy officer that was blackmailed to become an informant for the KGB. Larrick became a formidable character in the second season as the villain who made everything terrible for the Jennings.
The story arch for Season 2 revolved around family and at the center of it are the Connors, the Jennings’ friends, who, like them, also worked as secret agents. Their family was slaughtered, leaving one survivor, Jared (Owen Campbell), their teenage boy. Philip and Elizabeth made sure to protect Jared, but in the final moments, the young boy confessed that he was the one who eliminated his family. He was being recruited into the KGB by Kate, the Jennings’ supervisor.
Jared would have been part of the Echo Program, which will have American-born KGB agents. Jared’s parents did not want him to join this, which was what set off his killing spree.
This fact was confirmed by Claudia (Margo Martindale), the Jennings’ handler, and she also told Philip and Elizabeth that the KGB would like their own daughter, Paige (Holly Taylor), as its recruit. Their daughter is smart and perceptive, much like her mom. This caused a rift between the couple, as Elizabeth was willing to go with this plan. Philip was not all for it.
Meanwhile, the Echo Program persisted, despite threats of being shut down, and Nina returned to Russia where she will be tried for treason.
The third season, on the other hand, will bring focus on the Jennings’ inner family circle as Paige will start to become more suspicious of her parents, who will still be debating whether to tell their daughter about what is really going on.
Philip will have to disobey orders, and it will definitely have grave consequences. Moreover, a new handler will take on Claudia’s task. He’s Gabriel (Frank Langella), an agent once retired.
Lastly, Nina (Annet Mahendru) remains alive in Russia, while Oleg (Costa Ronin) is left confused about her status.
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