The Walkthrough: How The Americans’ showrunners brought their fourth season home

Adding a tragic coda to a subplot involving biological weapons and setting up a potential getaway for Soviet sleeper agents Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys) Jennings, FX’s Cold War thriller The Americans wrapped its fourth season tonight. After screening “Persona Non Grata,” The A.V. Club spoke with Americans showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg about choosing this episode for a previously unseen character’s onscreen debut, the show’s many definitions of home, and unintentionally dropping the perfect vintage soap opera clip into season four.

AVC: All of the questions will be Mail Robot-related.

Joel Fields: Finally somebody who gets the show. You know, somebody started a Mail Robot Twitter feed.

Joe Weisberg: That was Erik, wasn’t it? [Laughs.]

JF: [Mail Robot’s] story broke a little late this season.

AVC: He was hidden in the shadows for most of the season.

JF: He was …

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