What was different about constructing this season compared to the last four?
Weisberg: The main thing is that we knew that we were approaching the end game, and we knew exactly that we had this season and next. We knew we had 23 episodes to finish our story, and we also knew for a while how the story’s going to end. So it was different building the story that way with the end in sight and knowing it was coming soon. It changed the way we built it, and I think overall it made it easier.
Fields: I think there was more anxiety about making sure that things fell where they needed to fall because there’s no more room to go as we come towards those final 10 episodes. In that sense, there was anxiety — but it wasn’t harder. For the first time, the story moves fell where they need to fall, thank god. Because every time in the past when they haven’t, we’ve just shrugged and said, “Oh well, we’ll punt that into next season.” But it’s all been working out this season.
Source and more: THR
“Americans” stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys echoed the showrunners’ sentiment about the change in their working process this year. For Russell, the fifth season shaped up to be an intimate dive into the life of the married couple wrapped up in professional and personal secrets kept from each other and their teenage children, Paige and Henry.
“Because we know what the end is, they’ve almost let the story unfold a little slower,” Russell said. “It feels slow and contained and much more about the family. The show feels smaller and more intense. It’s much less about car chases and wigs.”
Source and more: Variety