I just binged the entire series and while watching the finale, I couldn't help but notice just how prominently McDonald's was featured in the finale.
It was obviously Philip and Elizabeth's last real meal in the US, and seeing as how they were in a hurry to leave, I first saw that as reflecting their own hurry to leave the US.
But then I thought about how the first McDonalds opened up a few years later in Moscow, and it made worldwide news. It was all a part of Gorbachev's plan of globalizing Russia and was seen as revolutionary. Could this have been reflective of a western/capitalist ideology that Philip and Elizabeth might be bringing to Russia? Like, they were the seeds of change that revolutionized Russia in the early 90's?
Maybe I'm reading way too much into it, but I can't help think that there was a reason why the finale featured McDonald's so prominently. It could have been just a regular burger joint and it wouldn't changed the plot at all.
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