The new Martha question
If Philip learns where Martha is, or if Oleg’s trail somehow exposes her whereabouts to the CIA – who are pursuing him in Moscow, hoping to make him a double agent – it might over-complicate a show that’s got enough on its plate: the Oleg thing, the Jennings new undercover life as a pilot and stewardess, their quest for information about possible agricultural terrorism, Philip’s son coming to the States, Paige’s complicated crush on Stan’s son.
Martha is beloved for the qualities that make her real to us. She's dependable, she's loyal, and she's desperate to feel seen and loved. What happened to her, no matter how you cut it, was tragic. And seeing her in Moscow, looking fraught and a little confused, reminds us of the myriad ways the Jennings and the KGB ruin lives – they don’t have to kill someone to destroy their identity. But a little taste of that tragedy is better than a whole serving platter. Wondering what Martha’s up to has more thematic potency than opening old battle scars. That pale, faraway look on her face said enough about her circumstance. Now, it’s time to move on.