This year at the Emmy’s, Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields were nominated for the award of “Writing for a Drama Series.” You can see the full list of nominees and winners, including “The Americans,” here: Emmy Winners 2017.
In an attempt to not give out major spoilers, for both you and myself, I was able to find a great article about Joe Weisberg. It goes into his past in training with the CIA, and things he learned while he was on the job that directly transferred over to the show. It’s a very enjoyable read.
You can find the full interview here: The New York Times – The Dark Stuff, Distilled