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THE AMERICANS Season 4: Was Nina’s fate a harbinger of things to come?

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The Americans Season 4 definitely isn’t pulling any punches, taking more twists and turns than a couple of KGB agents evading FBI surveillance in 1980s Washington, D.C.

The world is definitely closing in for our spies, on both sides of the moral divide, and if the first few episodes of this season are any indication, the show is making good on the threats posed as far back as season 2 to some of our most beloved characters. From Nina’s stint in a Siberian gulag, to Phillip and Elizabeth’s dilemma over what to do now that their secret’s out, to Martha’s increased sense of danger in the workplace as Stan finally senses something’s afoot, it looks like no one will be left unscathed by the time the writers are done with us for another year.

However, there is one scene that will undoubtedly reverberate for the rest of the season, and that moment definitely sent shockwaves across this side of the television screen. It might have been one that was a long time coming, but that doesn’t make it any less heart-wrenching. Yet as shocking as said moment was, what really stands out, for now, is that it’s a pretty good metaphor (or harbinger) of things to come thanks to The Center, if my TV-watching experience is any indication.

[WARNING! The following post contains major spoilers for the first four episodes of The Americans this season. Enter at your own risk!]


Nels knew how to operate a TV remote control before she knew how to talk. As a result, she has spent an inordinate amount of time pretending she actually lives on a soundstage. When she isn’t watching whichever show is currently capturing her heart, she is writing about how said show is currently capturing her heart. She loves pie.

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