The season finale of The Blacklist on May 12th, 2014 was nothing short of epic. So much happened, it seems impossible that they managed to fit into a one hour show. So here goes nothing. The episode opens on the scene of the plan crash. The scene is a nightmare. Debris and bodies are strewn everywhere, but from the wreckage emerge survivors, all in identical jackets, prisoners presumably. All are taken into custody by the task force and questioned.
They all keep coming up with the same story, about a monstrous man in a hood (one even calls him Mr. Hood), and each mention that the man was handcuffed to a guard and that he cut his hand off to escape. Meanwhile, Red is in custody, taken to a solitary cell away from anyone and anything. The man who took him into custody asks him if the girl (Lizzie) was worth it, to which Red asks him about what products he uses in his hair and then says that yes, she is worth it.
The interrogation of the prisoners on the flight continues and they mention that the hood man was Russian and that they could tell by his tattoos. As this goes on, Alan Fitch visits Red and tells him that the best he could do for Red was arrange a transfer. Red tells him, “That’s all I need. I’ll take care of the rest.” Red’s escape during transport is pretty great, reminding us of why Red is such a dangerous criminal. The agent who arrested him allows him to take two shots at him to knock him out and escape. In the meantime, Tom Keen meets with a Russian man from the flight and delivers a list of all the task force team members.
As soon as he is free Red calls Lizzie and tells her that the whole task force is in danger, and Lizzie immediately tries to call in Ressler and Meera out of the field. The two of them are at a club tracking down one of the escaped Russian convicts. Ressler finds him first while Meera is tracking another man acting suspiciously. She follows him into a dark corner, then he comes up behind her and slits her throat all the way across and leaves. Lizzie finds her, but it’s too late. One task member down.
Lizzie shows up at Red’s and tells him Meera is dead. He warns her that the task force’s efforts have forced Berlin out of the shadows. She asks how Sam (her father) was involved and he tells her in a show of sentimentality that is surprising that “Sam’s role in all this was as your father and no one can pervert or distort that.” A curious statement leaving so many questions unanswered.
The task force decides to take a different angle at the case and tries to determine who wanted all of the men on that flight. Turns out it was the Russians, so they send Red to chat with the Russian Ambassador. The “chat” they have is nothing short of hilarious as the ambassador is terrified that Red will harm his little dog to which Red responds that he’s not a monster and would never hurt a dog and then throws a knife into the man’s leg.
The task force goes to the hospital and interviews the guard from the flight whose hand was cut off in the escape. He tells the story of the man known as Berlin. He was in the Red Army, and the KGB and was known for sending his enemies to the work camps in Siberia. His daughter fell in love with a dissident and was captured. He arranged her escape, but was then caught himself and sent to prison in Siberia. He prayed for his daughter’s safety but soon received the gift of the pocket watch he gave her with her picture inside and they started receiving pieces of her. He vowed revenge on the man responsible for her death and escaped. The guard says that the man they are looking for was never on the manifest.
Harold Cooper (Lizzie’s boss) meets with the agent who allowed Red to escape and when he gets back into the car, the agent in the driver’s seat is dead and a man in the back attacks him and essentially guts him. He is alive and in the hospital in the next scene. Red thinks he found out who Berlin is, and he tells Alan to find him for Red and Red will take care of the rest.
Red, again, reveals more about Lizzie’s past. He tells Lizzie that a friend showed up at Sam’s house scared and that he was leaving town and was in danger. He asked Sam to take care of a little girl whose father died that night in a fire, and Sam took her in (her being Lizzie, of course). He also reveals that knowing her biological father’s identity would put her in grave danger, and that he killed Sam because he was suffering and wanted him to, but also to protect her from knowing her biological father’s identity. Red nearly cries when talking about how difficult killing Sam was for him. The softer side of Red and we can’t help but love it.
Alan calls Red and says he found Berlin. Red lies to Lizzie and says they have to keep looking. And then we get to see the badass Red that we secretly love. Ok, maybe not so secretly. He goes in guns blazing and kills his way to Berlin, ties him to a chair and starts questioning him. Berlin says he’s been studying Red for years looking for his weakness and says that then he found “her” and that there they were, thanks to Elizabeth Keen.
In the meantime Tom gets into Elizabeth’s car and says “hey babe” with a gun pointed at her. As the situation with Red and Berlin escalates, Berlin reveals that the reason he has been after Red is because of Beirut, 2010. In walks Tom with Elizabeth. Red tells him to let her go and Berlin tells Tom to just shoot her. Red doesn’t hesitate. He shoots Berlin in the head and tells Tom to make the right choice and take him and let Liz go. Tom shoots Red in the arm, and Liz goes for the gun. She wins and shoots Tom 3 times in the gut.
Red goes to finish the job and Lizzie stops him. She wants to be alone with Tom and Red grabs his hat, walks out and tells her to hurry it up. Tom tells Liz that he’s sorry and whispers something in her ear. Meanwhile the task force finds out that the last unidentified body in the wreckage was the third guard. But, the third guard is in the hospital missing a hand. Cue ominous music. The prisoners said repeatedly “he cut off his hand.” A choice of words that the FBI took to mean he cut off the guard’s hand, but really he cut off his own hand.
They rush to the hospital but the “guard” aka Berlin is gone. Red knew that the man he shot wasn’t Berlin. He tells Lizzie it was when the man mentioned Beirut and says that the attacks began long before Beirut. Red tells Lizzie she can run from the reality of who she is or she can face it and overcome it. He says he will leave if she chooses to run. She shakes her head and he packs up to leave. Just as he’s getting ready to leave, Lizzie shows up in a cab. She says that Tom told her her father is alive. Red tells her that he know with no uncertainty that her father is dead and died in the fire. They then determine that they will find Berlin.
And here’s the kicker. Red is cleaning his gunshot wound. In his hand is the same picture of Berlin’s daughter that is in the pocket watch. And his back is covered in burn scars. Easiest conclusion? Red is Lizzie’s father! It’s what we’re all hoping for. Isn’t it? And it would explain everything. Also, the picture? Was Red the dissident that Berlin’s daughter loved? Or was he the one who chopped her into little tiny pieces? My guess is the dissident. Maybe she was Lizzie’s mother? Guess we will have to see next season! Can’t wait!