Turn: Washington's Spies: All You Need to Catch Up on AMC's Drama!

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When I heard that AMC green-lit a show about a Patriot spy ring, I immediately thought, “Who are they going to get to play Bill Belichick?”

Alas, AMC wisely chose to create a series about that other Patriot spy ring based on Alexander Rose’s book, “Washington's Spies.” The show follows a group of childhood friends from Long Island (they had better accents back then) as they pass along intelligence across enemy lines during the Revolutionary War.

We're going to start reviewing the series tonight, so join us after it airs for a full rundown on Turn: Washington's Spies Season 3 Episode 4.

Continental Army

To get you up to speed, here’s a rundown of the main characters and a recap of Seasons 1 and 2 (streaming on Netflix now!).



Abe Woodhull/Sam Culper (Jamie Bell) – Our fearless cabbage farmer turned spy/double agent. Formerly engaged to Anna, but obligated to marry Mary, his dead brother’s betrothed. They produce a cute kid, though.

Mary Woodhull (Meegan Warner) – Married Abe when fiance (Abe’s brother) died in a riot. Quick thinker; secret keeper.

Anna Strong (Heather Lind) – Formerly engaged to Abe. Married to Selah Strong, sort of. It’s complicated. Who knew women could be spies?!?

Ben Tallmadge (Seth Numrich) – Yalie heading up America’s first spy ring. Seems Anna is attracted to everyone except this Mensa Supermodel in a uniform. Yes, I capitalized Supermodel.

Lt. Caleb Brewster(Daniel Henshall) – Current courier; former whaler; childhood friends with Ben/Anna/Abe. Keep watching just for his unexpected makeover in season 2.

Abigail (Idara Victor) – Freed slave who works in Major Andre’s house; gathers intel for Anna

Robert Townsend (Nick Westrate) – Boarding house owner in New York recruited into the spy ring by Abe.

Gen. George Washington (Ian Kahn) – Pull out a one dollar bill. That guy in the middle, but younger.

Redcoats/loyalists: Judge Richard Woodhull (Kevin McNally) – Abe’s dad and Tory Magistrate. Asked his fellow townspeople to let the Redcoats use their loved ones’ gravestones. Ugh. How does this man remain a loyalist?! Stay tuned...

Captain Simcoe (Samuel Roukin) – Psychopath soldier turned psychopath-ier Queen’s Ranger. In the 21st century his character would be the series-long serial killer nemesis of a procedural protagonist. That show already exists, right? If not, spin off?

Major Hewlett (Burn Gorman) – Annoyingly by-the-book proper, honorable Brit but not as soft as you think. Just keep watching…

Major John Andre (JJ Feild) – Busy running British intelligence and falling in love with a Philly loyalist blonde half his age. You will become distracted by that tiny braid. Otherwise very nice to look at.

Peggy Shippen (Ksenia Solo) – Aforementioned Philly loyalist blonde. Anything for the King!


Robert Rodgers (Angus Macfadyen) – Once fought alongside Gen. Washington in the French/Indian War. In the current conflict, he’s Washington’s adversary as the head of the Queen’s Rangers. For now...

Gen. Benedict Arnold (Owain Yeoman) – Possibly America’s first pop culture icon. Congrats to you, sir.

Washington greets the French


Plenty of Redcoats and white wigs are stationed in Setauket, Long Island and tensions are on the rise. Yes, the first half of the season is slow as the Culper Ring grows, but stick with it! Farmer Abe becomes a full-fledged Patriot in the finale. (Let’s just say 21st-century Patriot Aaron Hernandez can relate)


The Culper Ring starts to get the hang of this espionage game. Everyone gets a spy name! There are dead drops, an attempted prison break, quite a bit of treachery and just when Washington starts to go a little crazy from the stress of it all, the French arrive at last. Quelle saison!

No one in the Culper Ring seems to have any regrets about the blood shed in pursuit of a United States of America. But the question remains: Would these Long Islanders have become Patriots in the first place if they knew that 200+ years later their descendants would be forced to cheer for the Jets? Let’s not even go there.

Enjoy Turn: Washington's Spies Season 3! It airs Mondays at 10pm on AMC!!

Megan King is a staff writer for TV Fanatic.

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