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Must-watch: Wednesday's 'The Americans' finale is a doozy


Consider this your TV PSA of the week: If you're not caught up on FX's spy drama The Americans, I highly recommend doing so now. Wednesday's season 2 finale is a must-see.

The Americans heads into this episode as calculated and thrilling as ever. This has been a remarkably confident sophomore season, even for a show that seemed to have a grand sense of where it wanted to go right out of the gate. And Wednesday's finale, "Echo," is a master class in tying off loose ends and bringing things full circle. It's constantly surprising and efficient, addressing long-gestating themes, revealing answers to plot points introduced in the season's first episode, and adding new, shocking developments to the mix for next season. The episode is also a showcase for the show's incredible actors, led by Matthew Rhys as Philip and Keri Russell as Elizabeth. The places both of them take their characters in this final episode is astonishing.

I won't spoil any of the particulars of the episode now - check back here tomorrow night for a review - but prepare to watch this one through your fingers.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 5:55pm]


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