The following post contains major spoilers for The Blacklisted Season 8 finale. Proceed with caution!
Elizabeth Keen’s name was crossed out The Blacklist on Wednesday night – and it seemed to be done at the permanent marker.
Just over a week after news of Megan Boone’s impending exit from the series was announced, the NBC drama wrote her character killing her with a bullet to the chest. (Read Boone’s farewell to the series here.)
The premise of Wednesday’s Season 8 finale was simple: Red promised to give Liz a letter her mother left her, which contained all the long-awaited answers about Red’s identity and why he walked into her. life. But before she could get the letter, Liz had to kill Red.
With Neville Townsend recently eliminated, Red was certain that many other criminals would descend soon, all fighting for control of the Townsend Empire. And since Townsend learned of Red’s true identity before his demise, his potential successors likely all had that information as well, which would put Red and Liz in danger again. The solution, according to Red, was for Liz to assassinate Red – cementing herself as a criminal not to be mocked with – and inherit the blacklist from him, which would give him the necessary protection against any approaching foes. Additionally, Red’s mysterious illness, which hadn’t been mentioned for some time, is apparently terminally ill, and Red seemed to welcome the idea of finally getting there.
After much internal debate (and a chance meeting with a young woman whose life she saved in the pilot episode), Liz accepted Red’s proposal, and the plan was set: Liz would shoot Red in the street this that evening, soon after he left a private party at Pascual’s restaurant. But when it came time to assassinate Red that night, Liz aimed her gun at him, but couldn’t bring herself to pull the trigger. “I don’t want to,” she said, tears in her eyes. “I understand,” Red replied. But before Liz could do anything else, she was shot in the chest by Townsend’s right arm, Vandyke. (Long hair. Beard. You know the guy. And Red immediately shot him several times in retaliation.)
As Liz collapsed to the ground, she watched her life pass before her eyes – bittersweet memories of Tom, Agnes, Dembe, Aram, Cooper, and Ressler that were also a tribute to Boone’s years on the show. And when Red returned to Liz after killing Vandyke, Liz looked at him with a curious expression as the memories of Red and her mother, Katarina Rostova, ran through her mind, almost as if she understood the true identity. of Red at that time. And upon Liz’s death, a flashback of Katarina kissing Baby Liz on the forehead when she was born was immediately juxtaposed with Red kissing her head nowadays on that corner.
As is the case with The Blacklist, it was never explicitly announced that Red was indeed Katarina. But the combined memories of Liz of Red and Katarina seemed to indicate it, along with other clues Red dropped throughout the finale. “Did you know her well?” Liz asked Red at one point, referring to Katarina. “Better than anyone,” he replied. And later, when Liz asked him why she couldn’t know Red’s identity until he died, he told her, “Because if you knew that before, you would never agree to kill me.” At this point, would it even make sense for Red to be someone else?
Shortly after Liz’s death, Dembe pulled Red away from the scene and they fled on foot, moments before Ressler, Cooper, Aram and Park arrived. While they hoped to catch Red and Liz in time to intercept their murder plan, they instead found Liz lying in the street, with Red’s felt under her head.
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