‘The Blacklist’ season 4 cast, plot news: EP explains flashback episode, teases what fans can expect next

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After a two-month hiatus, the fourth season of “Blacklist” returned with a contemplation of the main protagonist’s past.

In the first part of the two-hour episode, Reddington (James Spader) continued his search for the person who tried to destroy his criminal empire. The FBI, on the other hand, learned that Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq), who asked Aram (Amir Arison) to assist him in tracking down Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert), kidnapped Aram.

Meanwhile, the second hour of the episode featured flashbacks from the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. In Russia, Katarina Rostova (Lotte Verbeek) hired the young Mr. Kaplan as caretaker to her daughter Masha/Liz (Megan Boone).

The caretaker, known as Kathryn/Kate at that time, promised to protect Masha at all cost and became Katarina’s friend. When a man abducted Masha and brought her to America, Kate joined Katarina for her pursuit.

In America, Kate met Reddington who told her that Masha was in danger. Katarina left the child to Sam, who changed Masha’s name to Liz. Kate joined Reddington’s empire to keep Liz safe. However, Kate realized that Reddington has put Liz’s life at stake, hence, she left and became Mr. Kaplan.

“She’s a little bit of a lone wolf, so she took a vow to protect her, and thus became, in a way, part of the family — warts and all,” showrunner Jon Bokenkamp told Entertainment Weekly in reference to Mr. Kaplan. He added that Liz will soon get to learn her connection to Reddington’s nemesis.

“So Liz will certainly learn who Kaplan was to her in time, but more importantly is the threat of the deeper secrets that Kaplan has that Reddington feels can be incredibly damaging,” Bokenkamp explained.

The later scenes of the episode showed Mr. Kaplan digging up the dead bodies of the people that Reddington killed.

“This a big problem not just for him, but for everyone connected to him, anyone who is intimately connected to him like the Task Force. It has a huge ripple effect,” the executive producer teased.

The next episode of “Blacklist” season 4 will air on April 27 on NBC.