Keep track of all the overarching questions and answers from NBC’s The Blacklist with our handy guide. Will the show answer every major mystery it plants? Let’s find out!
1. Red’s endgame? He surrendered to the FBI to achieve something “personal” that could also jeopardize the deal he made with The Alliance decades ago. We know Red wants to protect his business empire and especially Lizzie, but exactly how his plan fits together remains a mystery.
2. Is Red Lizzie’s father? Liz outright asks Red the question in “Anslo Garrick: Part 2,” to which he (after a long pause) denies being her father, despite evidence to the contrary. Red’s exact connection to Liz remains the show’s central overarching question.
3. The truth about Red’s family? Lizzie says Red abandoned his family in 1990. However, FBI Director Diane Fowler later infers that something else happened to them on “that night,” and asks Red whether he wants to know “the truth”. Red tells her that he wants to know “more than anything in the world” but kills her, because “if you know what happened, then somebody else does too.” All of which suggests there’s much more to the story of Red ‘abandoning’ his family than initially meets the eye, and that even he might not know all the facts.
4. Lizzie’s scar? Lizzie has a scar on her right hand running down her wrist. Did she get it from the childhood fire?
5. Who killed Victor at Angel Station? Liz traces Tom’s gun to a top-secret file marked Angel Station, June 23, 2012. When she accidentally allows Tom to see the date, he reminds her this was when they spent the weekend in Boston for his “job interview”. However, the un-redacted case file suggests that during this time Tom killed Russian defector, Victor Forkin. Tom denies everything and corporate terrorist Gina Zanetakos claims she killed Victor because Berlin didn’t want him spilling secrets that would harm his business on the Russian border. While Gina’s story matches up with later revelations concerning Berlin, it remains to be seen whether she was really the killer or took the blame to keep Tom’s cover.
6. Who is the Farmer? Red tells the Stewmaker/Stanley a story about a farmer who turns into a killer after his family is taken from him. Was this analogy about Stanley or Red? If Red was describing himself, does it inform his belief that Liz represents his second chance? Can he be redeemed?
7. What Happened In Kuwait..? What “unfortunate incident” involving Cooper happened in Kuwait that Red threatens to reveal?
8. Burn The World Down? Red tells Liz that he understands Frederick Barnes because he was willing to “burn the world down” for someone he loves. Liz thinks Red’s talking about her, but he calls her “presumptuous”. Later, Red literally burns down his old family home after briefly reminiscing about his daughter. Question is, who is lighting Red’s flame?
9. 3 Years? At his old family home, the height marker for Red’s daughter appears to stop at 3 years, possibly making her 26 years old today if we go with 1990 as the year he apparently abandoned his family. What happened to Red’s daughter from the age of 3? Was this the last time Red saw her?
Would this rule Liz out as being Red’s daughter given that the numbers Red was given in “Wujing” match Megan Boone‘s birthday: 04-29-83 (making Liz 30 years old, if she’s the same age as her portrayer)? And how does Lucy Brooks factor into this equation?
10. Trying to Forget? Red buys the house where he raised his family and then blows it up because he spends every day “trying to forget what happened here.” No doubt this is tied to the mystery surrounding his wife and daughter. Question is, what specifically happened in that house; what memories does he wish he could erase?
11. What’s the deal with the scar on Sam’s hand? Is it the same as the scar on Lizzie’s hand/the marking on Tom’s box? Or is it the result of his cancer, or pure coincidence?
12. The Secret? Mr. Fitch tells Red: “we know what you have Red, and we know what will happen to it if you turn up dead,” in reference to the deal he made 20 years ago with The Alliance. They’ve allowed Red to live in exchange for keeping their secret, which raises the question – what is the secret and what are the consequences of the world finding out?
13. The Governance of Mr. Fitch? How does Mr. Fitch’s role as a senior government official factor into the big Secret Red has on the Alliance? It’s worth noting that Fitch tells FBI Director Diane Fowler that her “asset” (aka Red) could be a threat to national security and “the effort to eliminate him was the work of a patriot” (aka Garrick aka The Alliance). Bigger picture clue?
14. Does Liz have a secret criminal background we don’t know about? After agreeing to go on an undercover mission to steal an effigy, Liz dodges the question of having criminal past and later claims to have made up the story about her “Omaha” con job. Yet she displays an array of deceptive tricks. Does Liz have a criminal past that she’s somehow concealed from her employers, or is she just good with her hands – perhaps tying her to Red’s story about his daughter playing the piano on that apparently fateful Christmas day?
15. Was Red’s story about losing his family true? He tells Madeline Pratt a tragic story about coming home late on Christmas day 20 years ago to find that his family had been slaughtered. “All I saw was blood.” He uses the heartbreaking story to manipulate Pratt but doesn’t say whether or not any of it was true. Now, Red did lose his family in seemingly tragic circumstances around 1990, but much like the ‘Farmer’ story, the tale is shrouded in ambiguity.
16. Red’s Effigy Stakes? Red went to a lot of trouble to acquire the effigy from the Syrian Embassy/Madeline Pratt. Is there a deeper reason beyond his love of artifacts?
17. What’s the significance of March 22, 1987? Red sees a vision of a young ballet dancer (presumably his daughter) during the Swan Lake performance. As revealed by the programme, the original performance took place on March 22, 1987 . Was this the last time Red saw his daughter perform?
18. What does Berlin want with Red? Why are they Enemies? Agent Tom reminds Jolene that he’s been embedded in Liz’s life for years and that, despite Berlin’s doubts, he’s done everything asked of him, including marrying her. He also says he could have killed Red when they met at the hospital on the day Sam died, but Jolene reminds him that this wasn’t his mission. We later discover that Berlin’s daughter is be the woman in photo that Red swiped from the Stewmaker’s book of death, which might suggest Berlin’s quest for Red is one of revenge.
19. Why did Red financially support Liz from the shadows? According to Tom, Red not only kept tabs on Liz over the past 20 years, but he supported her financially by funneling money through her adoptive father. For what it’s worth, this is paralleled by Red funding the ballet company to perform Swan Lake as a reminder of his (presumed) daughter’s performance. Hmm..
21. Tom’s ‘Woman’? Who’s the woman in Tom’s real life that Craig/Christopher mentioned? Could it be fellow Berlin agent Gina Zanetakos?
22. Red’s Interest in Bobbit? What does Red want with Bobbit’s client list? Did Bobbit have something to do with the demise/disappearance of Red’s family back in the day?
23. What’s the deal with the ‘Y-pattern’ on Tom’s spy box, the envelope and its resemblance to the scar on Liz’s hand/wrist? Are the markings indeed the same as Lizzie’s scar? If so, does this connect Liz’s backstory (i.e. the fire) with Berlin? Why doesn’t Liz appear to recognize the pattern given its resemblance to her scar?
24. Berlin Wants You!? Tom tells Red’s spy “You don’t choose Berlin, he chooses you.” How does Berlin choose his people? How did he choose Tom?
25. Change of Heart? What did Liz learn about Sam that made her want to save – if not quite forgive – Red?
26. The fire – other burning questions? We know that Liz’s biological father apparently rescued her from the fire, but who started it? If Berlin is Liz’s real father, was the fire an attempt on his life?
27. Is Berlin’s daughter really dead? Or could she somehow be alive, or have lived longer than he was led to believe?
28. Did Red really murder Berlin’s daughter or has there been some deception going on? Berlin tells Liz and Ressler that he seeks to avenge his daughter by finding the man responsible for her death. Given that Red is affected by the Stewmaker’s photo of Berlin’s daughter, can we assume that Red was somehow involved in her death? Did Red kill her and get the Stewmaker to send her remains to Berlin (despite that not being Red’s style), or was Red set-up for her murder? Could Red perhaps have faked Berlin’s daughter’s death to protect her (informing the mirroring of Naomi’s photo)? Could Red also be the apparent “dissident” she fell in love with?
29. Is Liz Berlin’s daughter/granddaughter, or related to him in some way?
30. Tom: dead or alive? Liz shot him three times and said he was dead – BUT, his body had vanished by the time the FBI rolled in. Could Teflon Tom still be out there …somewhere?
31. Are the scars on Red’s back from the fire? Was he the one who saved Liz? Does this confirm that he’s Liz’s biological father? Was he speaking metaphorically about himself when he assured Liz her father ‘died’ in the fire?
32. Naomi? How do Red’s ex-wife Naomi Hyland and her daughter factor into Red’s past and his story about coming home to all that blood on that fateful Christmas day 20 years ago? Is Naomi the same ex-wife or did Red re-marry?
33. Why did Naomi go into hiding? What happened 20 years ago that caused Naomi to go into protective custody? Again, are we looking at Naomi being the same wife from Red’s ‘Christmas day’ story?
34. Who and where is Naomi’s daughter? Is she Red’s biological or adopted daughter? Could she be the young ballet dancer that Red reminisces about? Who is she in relation to Liz?
35. What mystery illness has Cooper been diagnosed with?
36. Who is the unidentified individual spying on Liz in the Season 2 premiere? Surely it’s Tom, right?