Can someone give me cliff notes on what's going on with Oleg's story? It feels very subtle but at the same time I get the feeling that there were some clues or revelations in the past 2 episodes that I missed.
He's still being investigated for espionage, and has come to the realization that his country has irreparable systemic corruption.
I'm surprised at the serious discussion of moving back to the Soviet Union. After 20 years, have they really not gotten soft to the American lifestyle, or have they just forgotten how bad it is over there?
It's not as if they have any good choices now - neither staying on as spies (slowly killing them) nor moving back to Russia (awful for the kids and perhaps them, as well) are appealing. Then again, I don't think 'retiring' from the KGB and staying in the US is on the table, is it?I'm surprised at the serious discussion of moving back to the Soviet Union. After 20 years, have they really not gotten soft to the American lifestyle, or have they just forgotten how bad it is over there?
Even if it's a manufactured investigation, they're pretty close to the truth by realizing his ties to Beeman, Nina, and William's handler right before Beeman nabbed William. It is suspicious.Still not sure if he's being investigated because he honestly is suspected of doing what he did.. or higher ups are forcing the investigation in response to his corruption investigation.
It's not as if they have any good choices now - neither staying on as spies (slowly killing them) nor moving back to Russia (awful for the kids and perhaps them, as well) are appealing. Then again, I don't think 'retiring' from the KGB and staying in the US is on the table, is it?
Paige has really grown as a character. There were some pretty big drops on that in this episode. Throwing away the cross, admitting she didn't really want to be around Pastor Tim anymore, saying she's sleeping well again, being able to pick up on Elizabeth and Philip lying, and then training by herself. I smell a big moment coming for her. Maybe not this season, but it feels like the water is heating up and the kettle is about to whistle there.
That scene where she throws the necklace into the trash was mildly ridiculous. I don't know if that was her trying to be dramatic for her parents or the show trying to be dramatic for the viewers, but it didn't work either way. Religion has been shown to be genuinely important to her so it seems uncharacteristic that she would toss it away like that. And if she's actually fed up of it, she still should know that she has to 'handle' Pastor Tim for another two months so throwing it away is still kind of daft.
I think the idea is that religion has been completely ruined for her thanks to Philip and Elizabeth forcing her to spy on Pastor Tim and Alice. The entire process has been so nauseating, so unbearably traumatizing, that she's ready to give up the main thing that previously brought joy and purpose to her life just so she can start sleeping again.
I think reading Pastor Tim's diary and discovering the gap between what he writes about Paige and what he says directly to her was a pretty big blow to her view of the church.
I simply adore his low key dastardlyness.You don't even know how right you are.
Quality of life difference between US and USSR grew a lot in the years they were in the US. They might not realize how far behind the USSR had gotten on housing, clothing, etc. They (esp Elizabeth) can feel revulsion by the conspicuous consumption in the US and not know that people in the USSR were lacking the most basic stuff.
Will next seasons series finale episode be vastly different from what you set out to write when it first began, or is it similar?
Joel Fields: To our surprise, it is very similar to what we set out to do. We have now written all ten outlines for the final season and we are in the process of refining them before we start writing scripts. We have certainly found ourselves many, many times over the years writing the show surprised as stories have turned in new and unexpectedly fun directions. We really expected in many ways this story we had in mind would change, but, although there have been different iterations of it, it has really been different variations of the same ending, and it sure seems that that is where we are headed.
Perhaps. I still think the whole scene where she removes the necklace and drops it into the trash in front of her parents and then walks away without a word was meant to be a performance, and it came off pretty silly to me.