The Americans: Margo Martindale to Return During Season 3

Americans Season 3 Claudia Returns

The Americans‘ original handler is back.

Margo Martindale will reprise her role as the Jennings’ ex-KGB supervisor Claudia in a Season 3 episode of the FX spy drama, TVLine has learned exclusively.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled and grateful for Margo’s return as Claudia in the third season,” executive producers Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields tell TVLine. “It was an immense joy to have her in our first two seasons, so to work with her again is a wonderful stroke of good fortune. And all we had to do was ask nicely! And promise no one would punch her in the face again!”

Claudia was last seen in the Season 2 finale, telling her former assets Philip and Elizabeth that The Center wants their daughter Paige to become part of the second-generation legals program.

Martindale has earned two Emmy Award nominations for her performance on the FX series. She most recently starred on the CBS sitcom The Millers, which was abruptly canceled in November.

Are you excited for Claudia’s return? (Here’s hoping it doesn’t involve another butt-kicking from Elizabeth.)

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  1. Joey says:

    Fantastic news! I wanted this so much.

  2. John says:

    Great role for her and a great character for the show. A win-win.

  3. wrstlgirl says:

    Great news, I really like her. Margo’s season of Justified was my favorite of the series.

  4. GuessWhat says:

    great news — she is awesome in the role

  5. Kate says:

    Yeah, given how creepy their new/old handler actually is, this one tends to drop the bs. And I think her and Elizabeth are back on civil terms.

  6. LT says:

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. The Beach says:

    Love it. The Millers was such a waste of hers and Beau Bridges talents.

  8. Jason Paul says:

    Still want to hear the real story of The Millers cancellation.

    • Jared says:

      I agree! I’m sorry but The Millers ratings were not bad enough to pull it from the schedule a few episodes into its second season. Plus the cast was full of name actors that CBS could have moved it around the schedule before shutting down production. Something ain’t right..

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  10. Superhero says:

    That’s a good start. Now sign her on to be a regular cast member for future seasons and then we’ll really be in business.

  11. christopher brown says:

    Glad to see her coming back. She was perfect in the show!

  12. Mark says:

    Great! Bring back the cute Cairn Terrier!

  13. Ray says:

    Hopefully she’ll be upped to series regular now that her awful CBS show is canceled. Martingale is amazing in this role!

  14. xina says:

    She was also on Dexter!

  15. njartist says:

    Hopefully she will return. Imagine her and Frank L character butting heads.
    I am waiting for the moment when Philip decides to go totally USA and
    how it will affect Elizabeth & the kids I have a feeling that particular moment is coming . Are Philip and Elizabeth going to live happily ever after or will one or both be heartbroken at the end of the Americans? The biggest problem with the
    Americans is the long wait between new episodes. BTW-Margo Martindale
    would a great fit for the Walking Dead-a character like she played on Justify
    but set in the zombie world.

  16. spartan says:

    Can’t wait!!! To have her appear in this pivotal role — while still in mourning for ol’ Mags Bennett on “Justified” — was such a treat.

  17. Tran says:

    It would be great if Margo Martindale stays on The Americans depending on great the rest of Season Three plays out after the cancellation of The Millers (CBS) which I’m very happy about that.

  18. Yes I love Margo, she was great as Maggie too.

  19. Bonnie says:

    Yes! She was a terrific character and Margo Martindale is a wonderful actress. She was great in that role. I hope she comes back as a regular, though, and not just a guest star.

  20. Bob Floyd says:

    she is dry, very dry; and i like that

  21. Bob severin says:

    Love her ,she is the best.

  22. Nola Quinn says:

    Definitely looking forward to Margo’s return. She brings her own, unique gravitas to this outstanding series.

  23. Jane says:

    Dang, I had finally made up my mind to quit this show for good since I’m having to force myself to watch it as I have grown to despise everything about Elizabeth and now they bring Margo Martindale back who I love.

  24. Pat says:

    Love The Americans. Also loved the scene when her butt was kicked..

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  26. Zenobia Jackson says:

    She was on this Wednesday night’s show and Keri Russell beat her. I hate Keri Russell’s character but I love the show. I hope that Margo Martindale gets a great, regular role soon.

  27. Amy P says:

    I can tell that the writer does not watch the series, Margo was by no means the “original handler”. When the show started their handler was Gabriel.Gabriel wasn’t seen in season one (I don’t think) but he was still their handler, and was referenced several times prior to Martindale’s character’s first appearance, and several times after.

  28. Kathy says:

    Wonderful news!!! She is the most perfect person for that role and was really sad when we thought her character was over. Hopefully we will see her again SOON!!!