Get ready to bid farewell to The Americans!
FX announced on Wednesday (May 25) that it’s planning to end the critically acclaimed drama — and though the move may come as a shock to some fans, it’s not all bad news. Viewers will have two more seasons before they actually have to say goodbye.
According to the network, the series, which is currently in its fourth season will consist of a 13-episode season 5, before wrapping things up with a sixth and final season consisting of 10 episodes.
FX president of original programming Eric Schrier assured fans of the show via a statement that he’s positive showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields will be able to conclude Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jenning’s (Matthew Rhys) story in a way that will satisfy the viewers.
“Through its first four seasons, critics have lauded The Americans as one of the best shows on television and, remarkably, a series that keeps getting better and better every year,” said Schrier. “We have no doubt that this two-season order will allow Joe and Joel to tell the story to its perfect conclusion.”
Meanwhile, Fields and Weisberg added that they’re looking forward to getting to work on the final chapter of the show.
“It’s hard to believe we’re heading into the final stretch on The Americans, and we’re so grateful to know we’ll be telling the story to its conclusion,” said the showrunners. “It’s a lot of people putting their hearts and souls into The Americans, at this point for a lot of years. We’re looking forward to the final two.”
Getting an official end date for The Americans is bound to be bittersweet for fans of the series, but we’re taking comfort in the fact that it sounds as though the show is getting enough time to wrap up any loose ends before the series finale.