'The Blacklist' season 4 spoilers: Upcoming installment promises a braver Liz, a vengeful Red, and the return of Katarina Rostova


After pulling off one shocking revelation after another in the season 3 finale, can “The Blacklist” possibly surprise its fans more?

Knowing the show and its appetite for the unexpected, it probably can, especially now that the show’s main protagonist, Elizabeth “Liz” Keen (Megan Boone), is forced to undergo some serious character development in the face of the multiple personal issues thrown her way in the conclusion of the previous installment, one of which is the sudden disappearance of her husband Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) and their daughter.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Boone says of her character, “A stronger Liz will suffer the consequences of extricating him from her life, rather than wish for him to rescue her again.”

Boone was referring to James Spader’s character, Raymond “Red” Reddington, who may be going down the path of vengeance after being betrayed by the people he thought he could trust, according to a report by Movie News Guide. Liz faking his death is expected to have a negative impact on him as well as to the entire Post Office crew, but executive producer Jon Bokenkamp has also said in an earlier report that Red will never be able to abandon Liz and may even try to win her trust back.

Other issues that will be addressed is the identity of Alexander Kirk (Ulrich Thomsen), who has previously claimed to be Liz’s biological father. Was he telling the truth? Did Liz actually believe him? His character will undergo a more in-depth exploration as the series progresses.

Lotte Verbeek, who played Liz’s mother Katarina Rostova, has signed on to reprise his role in a couple of episodes of season 4, presumably in another series of hallucinatory visions to Red as speculated by Cinemablend.

All questions will be answered, and perhaps all answers may lead to even more daunting questions as “The Blacklist” returns to NBC on Sept. 22.