Cold War gets hot for ‘Americans’

By Pat Quinn

“The Americans” will have even more twisted deception this season than it did in the first.

At the end of season one the FBI had a run-in with Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell) Jennings. Their daughter, Paige (Holly Taylor), was snooping around in the laundry looking for what her mom has been up to. And Nina (Annet Mahendru), the mole, was in an awkward position between the United States and the Soviet Union.

With season two, the Cold War wages on. The beginning portion of this season will be focused on the Jennings family’s life. The children aren’t as naïve as they were when the show started. They have grown more curious about what their parents are actually doing. There is a strong possibility that Paige, if not Henry also, will discover her parents are members of the KGB.

Phillip and Elizabeth need the heat to die down, so they will have more time to spend with their kids. The two are moving back in together in hopes of rebuilding their marriage. There was talk about how if they were to have had an actual wedding or said vows, things may have been different. Something along those lines could happen now that Elizabeth had a change of mind after she was shot last season.

But with all this joy comes disaster. The FBI has a CIA informant who was working with the KGB. He’ll probably “turn,” as they say, because of allegations against him for child support. As a CIA bureaucrat, this reflects poorly on him.

FBI agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich) is in a delicate situation. He let the KGB get away. His hasn’t been comfortable with Phillip and Elizabeth’s marriage, while he is also growing distant with his son.

The world will flip on Stan throughout the first half of the season. Beeman’s son will remain distant and probably end up turning to Paige. His wife will most likely leave him, and his affair with Nina will take a turn for the worst because she’ll find out he killed KGB member Vlad (Vitaly Benko).

Not only that, but Stan will find out Nina is working again for Mother Russia to redeem herself.

Although the Jennings’ supervisor, Claudia (Margo Martindale), got formally reassigned, she will linger. Phillip and Elizabeth requested for her to leave, but there is an emotional attachment Claudia is developing for Phillip and Elizabeth.