The time has come for the season finale of our favorite NBC drama, The Blacklist. If you recall, last week some shit went down and Red is literally a breath away from confronting Liz’s would-be abductor, Alexander Kirk. The old Raymond Reddington was back last week, taking lives and showing no mercy to get the answers he wants. Tom Keen also had a pretty enlightening week, learning that Susan “Scottie” Hargrave is actually his mother – but of course he can’t tell her because her son, Christopher, went missing more than twenty years ago and is presumed dead. Now that we have that out of the way…
Keeping Up with Kirk
Senator Robert Diaz has officially suspended his campaign due to Red’s blackmailing him to get Kirk’s attention. Red is certain that Kirk will attend the hearing, but Kirk is adamant he will not be toyed with. Elsewhere, an associate of Kirk’s is given medical records and pertinent information on Tom and Agnes Keen. Under Kirk’s direction, he is to take Agnes and kill Tom. The associate gets creative and forces Agnes’ doctor to call Tom to get a cell location on him before killing the doctor.
In a warehouse set up as a nursery, Red and Mr. Kaplan are entertaining Agnes when he finally calls Kaplan by her first name – Kate! She brushes him off, though, and it looks like someone is growing tired of the constant back-and-forth that Red’s business demands.
Tom and Red head to the post office to check in with the task force, where Red explains the plan must change. The money was not enough to smoke out Kirk, but planting the oil intercepted a few weeks ago in Kirk’s possession just may do the trick. Cooper is hesitant, and asks Red where they are supposed to draw the line, to which he says, “Here.” Red will do the dirty work, as he always does.
Making It Happen
Tom, Red, Dembe, and the rest of Red’s team set out to switch the legitimate oil for the oil bought from terrorists. A poor, unsuspecting truck driver gets the surprise of his life when he is pulled over at a traffic stop that Ressler and Samar have set up. This move forces Kirk into action, and he listens to his advisors and contacts Diaz.
At the post office, Red explains to Cooper that he plans to kill Kirk the second he can, and that he refuses the FBI’s help with it. Red is more than grateful for all the task force has done for him, but this is a battle he is insisting on fighting alone. Red pays Cooper a few genuine compliments and tells him, “sadly our time together has come to an end,” now that Liz is gone. With a final “thank you,” from Cooper to Reddington, he leaves the post office for the last time (maybe).
Giving the Slip
In a grocery store, Tom is surrounded by Kaplan and Red’s security team. He makes a break for it, however, by switching up Agnes with another baby in the store, handing him off to Kaplan, and running away with his daughter. He makes it to an airplane, although he is being tailed by Kirk’s man.
Kirk’s plane lands and Cooper is feeling remorseful that he is letting Red get away with killing the man. Ressler ends up finding Red before his man has the chance to pull the trigger. He talks Red into letting the guy go, but Red takes aim himself. Reddington knows and accepts that he probably will not make it out of this one alive. After some verbal sparring and guns pointed all around, Red is prepared to pull the trigger – only Kirk is not there.
A Knife in the Back
Aram re-checks Kirk’s flight plan and all the pertinent information as to why Kirk was not at the hearing. It turns out Kirk was en route to Cuba, where it also turns out Tom and Agnes just happen to be. You know, for being an international assassin, Tom isn’t very aware of his surroundings.
Red tracks down the associate whose plane Tom used to escape, and the man swears he would never cross him. The man assumed he was fulfilling Red’s wishes, as it was KAPLAN who arranged it all! And this is the face of betrayal:
When he confronts Kaplan, she openly admits that she helped Tom and Agnes leave. She also insists that she was not only protecting Tom and Agnes, but Red; she wouldn’t let another ‘Liz situation’ happen again. When Red tells her that Kirk knows where Tom is, Kaplan gets pretty upset because it is not just Agnes in danger…
Twisting the Knife
I think I can perfectly sum up my reaction to this in one gif:
Liz is alive! And in Cuba? Yep! Tom and Agnes find Liz and the Keen family is finally reunited. “We did it,” Tom says. “We’re free.”
En route to Cuba, Kaplan gives Red a play by play of how she and Dr. Nick pulled off Liz’s fake death. Red feels devastated, confused, and betrayed, and for all the horrible things he’s done, it’s hard not to feel for him. Kaplan, though, genuinely was trying to protect Agnes and Liz’s chance at a real life.
“Had it really come to that?” Red asks. “She loved her daughter that much,” Kaplan replies. “So yes, Raymond, it had come to that.” The conversation is not easy for either party, and the anguish on both their faces is enough to hurt even the coldest heart.
Back in Cuba, Tom returns from the store to find the place empty with broken glass and baby bottles on the floor. Liz is gone and a man is trying to take Agnes. After a scuffle, a second man comes in and knocks Tom out.
Ressler checks in with Cooper and tells him that he heard from Red: Liz is alive. Kaplan, Red, and Dembe make it to the house to find it torn apart but unoccupied.
Liz is in some type of holding cell when Kirk walks in and greets her as Masha. He admits that his name was not always Alexander Kirk: “Once, a long time ago, my name was Constantine Rostova.” Oh my… “Masha, I’m your father.”
Wow! We had several bombshells in this exciting season finale, didn’t we? I’ve been saying for weeks that I did not think Liz was really dead, so that didn’t catch me totally off guard. You know what did, though? Kaplan! She has always been a fun and intense character but is coming into her own now; I hope season four keeps her that way.
This finale brought us plenty of answers, and – for once – did not end on a total cliffhanger! We know better than to think we will ever have all the answers, but we do not feel hopelessly confused after this episode, so that is a good thing.
With Liz in Kirk’s possession and Tom and Agnes M.I.A., what are we looking for next season? Don’t forget that Ryan Eggold, who plays Tom, will be starring in a spinoff coming this fall, The Blacklist: Redemption, so we are guessing there will be plenty of crossover between the two shows.
On a personal note, I want to thank the amazing cast and crew of The Blacklist, NBC, and you, the readers, for an awesome season! Have an amazing summer and I’ll see you in the fall!