If you haven't seen an episode of NBC's "The Blacklist," you're missing out. The show follows criminal genius Raymond Reddington after he turns himself into the FBI, demanding only to speak with FBI rookie profiler, Special Agent Elizabeth Keen. The pair along with a black-book taskforce tackle Reddington's blacklist, a list of the world's most dangerous criminals.
After six seasons and a renewal for a seventh, "The Blacklist" has captured audiences in ways that other shows can only dream. With a genuine and reputable cast, alongside riveting and compelling storytelling the show itself is a seasoned recipe for success. However, questions have arisen as to whether or not there is longevity with James Spader's portrayal of Raymond Reddington.
The current season of "The Blacklist" follows Red's journey of incarceration and sentencing. In "The Corsican," Spader's character was arrested in New York City following a call to 911 by a homeless woman prompted by Liz. This entire time, she has been searching for the real 'Raymond Reddington,' after learning that the one she knows now took over the former's identity almost thirty years prior.
In "The Cryptobanker," viewers learned of the jury's final decision of whether or not they found Red guilty. The final decision was that the court found him guilty 'of all the charges.' As a result, his punishment would be the death penalty. However, in the previews for the episode, "Bastien Moreau" Liz is seen doing everything she can do to stop the process and break Red out for good.
Now, there is a question in Blacklist's fan-base of whether or not Red will get out and what exactly he will do if he does. There are some critics who say the show can only go so far, while there are others who speculate that there are a majority of stories that have gone untold. For example, Red's true identity, additional information about Katerina Rostova, what Red whispered to Alexander Kirk before parting ways, Red's relationship with Jennifer, if the information Red told Madeline Pratt was true or if there is truth yet to be uncovered (i.e. Diane Fowler) and the list goes on.
There are numerous unanswered questions that Jon Bokenkamp and NBC have yet to confirm or answer. In fact, there's an entire website "The Blacklist Declassified" and multiple Reddit pages dedicated to unveiling all the secrets the show has to offer. Answers to questions going back as far as the first season are still theorized and discussed all over the web.
In addition, the validity of his empire will certainly be examined in the coming weeks following Mr. Kaplan's reign of terror and all the time Red has spent in incarceration. His reach doesn't stretch as wide as it once did. The threat he once possessed has now been diminished to that of a small flame. Red Reddington is not the same Red Reddington that turned himself into the custody of the FBI.
But, if we know Red we know that he plays the long game. Not only has he anticipated the dead end, but he's prepared for it. He's an enigma, a chimera if you will. Red adapts to any situation as long as he can find anything to attach himself to. He's one man you cannot burn, cannot escape, cannot outwit and most certainly cannot put down.