This week, in the midseason finale of “The Blacklist,” it appeared as though Red Reddington’s (James Spader) connection to Liz Keen (Megan Boone) was finally revealed as he told Alexander Kirk (Ulrich Thomsen) that he is Liz’s father.
In the episode, Liz was once again taken hostage by Kirk in a bid to save his own life. Later, he learned that Liz was not his daughter, and Red hoped to save Liz and reunite her with baby Agnes. In exchange for Liz’s life, Red offered himself to Kirk, and the villain began shooting Red up with drugs and torturing him for answers.
Kirk told him that they were both pawns in Katarina’s (Lotte Verbeek) game, as she tricked Kirk into believing that he was Liz’s father. Kirk began to interrogate Red, and while he remained silent for most of the hour, he looked as though he has succumbed to the drugs as he admitted that Liz is his daughter. As Kirk was about to kill Red, the latter whispered something to the former to make him stop.
Will Red tell Liz that he is her father? And was Red telling Kirk the truth, or was he playing a game?
Executive producer Jon Bokenkamp spoke with Entertainment Weekly after the episode aired, and when the producer was asked if Red is truly Liz’s father, Bokenkamp said, “I think it’s best to let the show and its characters answer that. Anything that’s meaningful is in the scripts and on the screen.”
The producer did not confirm whether Red was telling the truth but did say that it sounded as though Red truly meant it.
“That said, he was also heavily drugged with God knows what,” Bokenkamp teased. “I’ll let you decide.”
Bokenkamp revealed that when Red told Liz that Kirk was gone, it’s “pretty certain this is the last we’ve seen of Kirk.” The producer also talked about Kaplan’s (Susan Blommaert) fate in the series, after the character escaped from the cabin in the midseason finale.
“She’s hitched a ride and off to God knows where,” said Bokenkamp, adding that he hopes that this isn’t the last time that Blommaert will be on the show. Meanwhile, writer and executive producer Daniel Cerone told his Twitter followers that, “This is not that last we’ll see of her” with regard to Kaplan. He also added that Blommaert has a big story arc ahead when the show returns.
“The Blacklist” returns in 2017 on NBC.