During an interview with Screen Rant, Aisha Tyler noted that she doesn’t think Archer and Lana will ever achieve a typical family dynamic. On the surface, that makes sense since any normalcy in the spy world is likely to be thrown out the window forever. Additionally, Lana and Archer have not had a regular parenting experience together. AJ has completed much of the series without specifically knowing that Archer is her biological father. Still, Tyler offered a deeper dive into Archer and Lana as characters and explained why their weird dynamic may never change. “There’s a really deep love there, but I don’t think they would expect or ever really be able to maintain a normal, stable adult relationship with each other,” Tyler told Screen Rant. “He’s too much of a ding-dong, and quite honestly, she’s too driven, I don’t really think she would want it as some sort of normalized relationship either.”
So far, season 13 has shown Tyler to be right about her breakup with Archer and Lana, but it’s also shown that the two are at least reaching a new level in their shared parenting and nurturing. In the “Big Con,” Archer surprisingly gives Lana good advice to text AJ about how much she loves her and how proud she is of her daughter. And at the end of “Saturday,” it’s hard not to notice Archer’s sad face as AJ rushes past him to hug Lana instead. Maybe some kind of secret agent family bond is in order.