FX's 'Archer' to get exciting in Season 11 as agent Sterling wakes up from coma and takes on new spy missions
The ‘Archer’ panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 had a surprising announcement for the show’s fans. Not only is the series coming back for the eleventh season but also is the show’s titular character, international secret agent Sterling Archer, finally waking up from his coma.
The series, which has been around for 10 seasons, started out as a cross between ‘The Office’ and ‘James Bond.' The last few seasons played out in Archer’s mind while his body was in a coma. This has allowed the show to reinvent itself every season in increasingly wacky incarnations. As much as this format helped refresh the series and make it interesting again, it couldn’t last forever and Archer’s long coma is finally ending.
Now, Archer has a chance to go back to his adventures in the field of international espionage and fans have a chance to see just how much the world has changed in the three years since he was put in a coma.
"We’re definitely back to doing spy missions," co-creator and executive producer Matt Thompson revealed to EW. "But the roles and people’s personalities have changed. What’s also different is Archer is physically and mentally not what he was. He’s been in a bed for three years. His muscles have atrophied to the point where he can’t even walk that well."
We don’t have any idea how the characters and their relationships with each other might have been transformed by the time our hero has spent out of commission. Things are probably not going to be easy for Archer, who will have to deal with all his friends and family getting on with their lives without him.
One thing we do know for sure is that Lana Kane, Archer's colleague and possibly the love of his life, is now married. That is just going to make things even more difficult for Archer, who was never the best at dealing with his emotions even before being put in a coma for three years.
‘Archer’ does tend to incorporate some very dark elements like Archer being raped by his best friend and struggling to cope with not knowing who his father is. If he truly did lose years of his life while in the coma, the psychological impact of waking up into an unfamiliar world can be highly traumatic.
‘Archer’ stars H. Jon Benjamin as the voice of Sterling Archer alongside Aisha Tyler as Lana Kane, Amber Nash as Pam Poovey, Lucky Yates as Dr. Krieger, Judy Greer as Cheryl/Carol Tunt, Chris Parnell as Cyril Figgis, Adam Reed as Ray Gillette, and Jessica Walter as Malory Archer.