With each passing week on The Americans, Poor Martha wades a little further into dangerous territory. Throughout the season, we’ve been on regular Martha Watch, checking in with Alison Wright to gauge her character’s state of mind and general welfare. This week, we say farewell to Martha in episode eight, “The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears.” (Read our previous check-ins here, here, here, and here.)
When Martha leaves with Clark to get on a plane, her hair is in a ponytail, which I don’t think we’ve seen before. Is this so she fits in more once she arrives in Russia?
Yes, she’s gone back to the basics. She’s a different woman than she was just 48 hours ago, and she has different priorities getting ready this morning. It’s practical; it even has something of a schoolgirl quality to it. She’s pulled herself together just enough to face whatever might be coming.
When Martha is saying good-bye, she still refers to Philip as Clark even though she knows all of his names at this point. Why?
He is only Clark to her. She wants to say good-bye to her husband, Clark. It takes a long time to adjust and accept that someone has a different name; she won’t be calling him Philip or Mischa anytime soon.
What is Martha’s state of mind as she gets on the plane?
She’s in shock, empty, traumatized really. Just putting one foot in front of the other. She does understand how much Clark has risked to keep her safe, she knows he was her protector and that exfiltrating her is no small thing. She’s going to have a lot of time on her hands to ruminate over every detail.
I can’t believe Martha is gone! Will we see more of her in Russia? How do you think she’ll adapt to life there?
I do like to imagine she will somehow survive, that she will be able to rebuild her life. I’d like to see what kind of woman she’d become if she were able to overcome this chapter of her life. On The Americans, as in life, when you’re not dead, there’s always hope.