FX's 'The Americans' season finale aired tonight, and it was definitely a fantastic finish to a great first season. The second season of the show has already been greenlit so the biggest question on fans' minds will be what's coming next. The show's creators recently spoke to reporters in a press conference, and mentioned some of their thoughts on the finale as well as what's coming up next in Season 2.
They first discuss the central theme of marriage on the show, saying, "It's hard to imagine "The Americans" without the marriage being the center of it.... but when it comes to jeopardy, I don't think we'd want to try to sustain "are they or aren’t they" [going to break up]."
They also discuss where Season 2 will pick up, and when asked about a possible time jump, they reply, "I'm not sure. The way our timeframe is working, 1981 has gone slowly for us. We're not going to start [Season 2] with a big time jump. But then how the second season unfolds, we don't know."
Most of the cast will be returning for the second season, including Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys in the lead roles. The only major question right now is Margo Martindale, who plays Claudia. She currently stars in a CBS pilot and if the show goes to series, she will likely not be available to shoot the second season of 'The Americans'.