THE BLACKLIST: Unanswered Questions

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Keep track of all the overarching questions and in-show answers from NBC’s The Blacklist with our handy guide. Will the show answer every major question it puts out into the wild? Let’s find out.

Note: “Unanswered Questions” are central mythology and/or character-related questions/mysteries spanning more than one episode.

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

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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 Liz, but what exactly is Red trying to achieve with this grand puzzle of his?

2. Is Red Lizzie’s father? Lizzie 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 central overarching question.

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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 Red’s family 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.

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4. Lizzie’s scar? Lizzie has a scar on her right hand running down her wrist. Did she get it from the fire she was in when she was a girl?

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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 him to see the date, Tom 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 confesses to killing Victor because her employer 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 her employer, it remains to be seen whether it really was her, or Tom, who RIP’d Victor.

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 also 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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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..

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20. The Blacklist Numbers? With confirmation that the rankings on Red’s list have a grand design, what exactly is the meaning behind the numerical composition of the list?

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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?

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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?

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27. Is Berlin’s daughter really dead? Or could she somehow be alive, or have lived longer than he was led to believe?

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28. Did Red murder Berlin’s daughter? Berlin (in the guise of a “guard”) tells Liz and Ressler that Berlin 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 he kill her and get the Stewmaker to send her remains to Berlin, or was Red set-up for her murder? Could Red have faked Daughter Berlin’s death to protect her? Could Red be the apparent “dissident” she fell in love with? This question only raises more and more questions.

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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?

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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?

Also See | The Blacklist Numbers Guide (Season 1 Complete)

ANSWERS

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1. What is the Blacklist? A list of spies and criminals that Red has cultivated for over 20 years. (Pilot) Some of the Blacklisters are connected, part of a larger pattern tracing back to Red’s adversary, Berlin. Red uses the Blacklist to survive against his enemy by using FBI resources to protect himself and his interests. (“Berlin”)

2. Why Lizzie? Red tells Lizzie that he chose her “because of your father”. It turns out Lizzie’s adopted father is dying of cancer, implying that 1. this changes things for Red, and 2. Red might be her real father (“Wujing,” General Ludd”) or 3. someone else connected to Red might be her biological father.

3. Who did Tom kill? He’s suspected of killing Russian “tourist” Victor Forkin who was apparently ready to defect to the US. (“The Courier”) However, corporate terrorist Gina Zanetakos later claims to be the killer at the behest of Red. (“Gina Zanetakos”)

4. Angel Station? The place where Tom and Liz spent the weekend in Boston, during which time Russian defector Victor Forkin was killed by 00Tom, or Gina Zanetakos, or someone (“The Courier”, “Gina Zanetakos”)

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5. Are Tom and Red On Different Sides? Yes. Tom works for an entity (Berlin) trying to track Red, while Red has been monitoring Tom ever since he inserted himself into Liz’s life. (“General Ludd”, “Milton Bobbit”)

6. What’s the deal with Lizzie’s parents? Red reveals that Daddy Lizzie was a career criminal who abandoned her, and that her mother died of weakness and shame. It turns out he may have been talking about himself, as it’s revealed that Lizzie was adopted by Sam, a dear friend of Red’s who took her in as a single parent and loved her as his own. (“Pilot,” “General Ludd”)

7. Why is Lizzie so keen to adopt? Because she herself is adopted. (“General Ludd”)

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8. How Does Red Know Lizzie’s father? Lizzie’s adopted father Sam is an old friend of Red’s. They both care deeply about Liz and hold a secret about her that Red doesn’t want her to know. (“General Ludd”)

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9. 042983? Wujing gives Red an envelope containing these numbers as payment. Red later enters the numbers – which turn out to be a case file – into the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program (ViCAP) where it coughs up details on a 30-year-old woman (born 7-5-1983) named Lucy Brooks. Red is moved upon seeing her. Fun fact: the numbers are also Megan Boone‘s birthday. (“General Ludd”)

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10. Agent Ressler’s lost love? While undercover as ‘The Courier,’ Agent Ressler says that he’s “already lost the only thing in this world I’ve ever loved,” and that he has “nothing in this world except this job.” Ressler was referring to his former fiance, Audrey Bidwell, who left him because of his obsession with catching Red. (“Anslo Garrick: Part 1″)

11. The Painting? Red is mesmerized by the painting (which, as noted by Seriable reader Amy, is Rembrandts “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee,” one of the paintings stolen in the Gardner heist of 1990 – around about the time Red disappeared. It depicts the miracle of Jesus calming the storm on the Sea of Galilee). The reason for Red’s captivation is later inferred during a discussion with Ressler. He tells the agent that he’s motivated by the notion of setting sail and ‘standing at the helm of his own destiny’. The painting arguably captures his desire to survive the storm and enjoy another day filled with the pleasures of life (“Anslo Garrick: Part 1″)

12. Who is ‘The Apple Eating Man’? ‘TAEM,’ distinguished by his fondness for apples, installed spy cams in Liz and Tom’s house and secretly surveiled their every domestic move. Turns out he was working for to people Red made a deal with decades ago. (“Anslo Garrick: Part 2″)

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13. Red’s Destination? After his meeting with Fitch (and killing Garrick), Red calls Liz to tell her that he’s going away for a while, but he’ll be there if she needs him. Red went on a mission of vengeance to find the people responsible for the incursion at the blacksite, which also led to the death of Luli, whose ashes he scattered at sea. (“The Good Samaritan Killer”)

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14. The “Songbird” aka Mole who helped Garrick invade the black site/capture Red? The person responsible was none other than his trusted assistant, Newton Phillips. Newton claims “they” – presumably Mr. Fitch and his colleagues – threatened his family. Red mournfully, yet ruthlessly kills Newton (symbolically, at the spot where he scatters Luli’s ashes), as he did all the people Newton hired to help out with Red’s capture (except the banker, Henry). (“The Good Samaritan Killer”)

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15. Who is the Major Mole? After discovering that Newton Phillips helped Garrick invade the FBI blacksite, Red believes he had help from the inside, “someone with far greater access.” The major mole appeared to be Agent Malik after Red’s tech guys found her signature on an shredded security document, however, Malik helps Red weed out the actual mole who turns out to be FBI Director Diane Fowler. She’s aware of Red’s relationship with Fitch and claims to have signed the security directive for his protection, but Red either doesn’t buy it or doesn’t care and kills her. (“The Alchemist,” “The Cyprus Agency”)

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16. Who is Lucy Brooks? Red enters the Wujing numbers into the Violent Criminals Apprehension Program, which coughs up details on a 30-year-old woman named Lucy Brooks (aka Jolene) – a spy who has previously encountered Red. She works for the same people as Tom and was assigned to track Red and remind Tom of his duties.

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17. Why did Lucy Brooks fake her death? Red sees Lucy’s obituary in the newspaper, which reads: “Lucy Brooks was born in Dayton, Ohio and died June 9, 2013.” Red tells The Cowboy that Lucy faked her death to elude him, seemingly with the aid of The Alchemist. (“The Judge”)

18. What does Lucy Brooks/Jolene want with Tom? Lucy poses as substitute teacher “Jolene Parker” to get close to Tom. It’s revealed that Lucy and Tom work for the same people and she was sent to test his commitment to Liz, and hence the mission. (“The Judge”)

19. Is Tom telling the truth about who he is? Red was right, Tom isn’t who he claims to be. He’s an agent working for the same mysterious entity, “Berlin,” as Lucy/Jolene. His mission was to get close to Liz, seemingly due to Red’s obsession with her. (“The Judge”)

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20. Lucy Brooks Age Discrepancy? Lucy (aka Jolene Parker) is recorded as being 30 years old in the ViCAP database but 28 in the obituaries column of the newspaper (born September 22, 1985). This can be explained by the fact that she’s some kind of undercover agent. (“The Judge”)

21. Does the “Y-patterned” box containing fake passports and money belong to Tom or was it planted by Red? Tom confirms the box is his during a heated conversation with Jolene. (“Mako Tanida”)

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22. Who does Tom work for? Tom’s a “suspected US double agent” (“The Courier”) who works for an entity called “Berlin”. He was assigned to fall in love with Liz for reasons connected to Red. (“Mako Tanida”)

23. If Gina killed Victor as she claims, how did the gun that apparently killed him get into the box full of Tom-based mythology porn? Tom’s spy status and confirmation that the box does belong to him, suggests that he actually killed Victor and Gina took the hit for him to protect his cover. (“Mako Tanida”)

24. Can Audrey be trusted? Ressler’s ex-fiance is clean. Fate, or Red, brought her back into Ressler’s life before tragedy struck. (“Mako Tanida”)

25. Tom claims to have a job interview in Nebraska and flies out the next day, much to Lizzie’s chagrin. Is the “Nebraska” interview story legit? Most likely not, given the revelation that Tom is a spy. (“Mako Tanida”)

26. Red’s connection with Lucy Brooks? Lucy/Jolene (JoLucy?) is a spy working for “Berlin”. She previously evaded Red by faking her death. Red used certain blacklist cases  – The Stewmaker, who faked JoLucy’s death; Wujing, whose numbers revealed JoLucy’s new identity – to track JoLucy with a view to finding out more about who she works for/Tom. (“Mako Tanida”)

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27. Red’s Daughter? Red’s daughter was an aspiring ballet dancer who performed Swan Lake years ago at the Le Blanc School of Ballet.

28. Does Tom have ulterior reasons for wanting to take Liz back to Angel Station? Given that he was a spy embedded into Liz’s life to get close to Red, it seems likely that it was a ploy to cover his tracks.

29. What does the key Tom hid under the lamp open? A safety deposit box (#3929) containing incriminating evidence about Red (see below). (“The Pavlovich Brothers”. “The Kingmaker”)

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30. What was inside the Envelope that Tom believed would cause Liz to doubt Red? Photos of Red entering and leaving the hospital on the day Sam died, alerting Liz to the fact that Red killed her ‘father’. (“The Kingmaker”)

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31. Who Is Red’s Adversary? Newton Phillips asks why Red “wasted” access to classified networks (given to him by the NSA agent) on helping Liz, when he could have used it to make “the world tremble” and finally find their “adversary”. The Kingmaker -  a ‘political strategist’ whose actions were hurting Red’s business – is one such enemy, though the actual adversary in question appears to be Berlin, the man Tom works for. (“The Kingmaker”, “Berlin”)

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32. What or who is this “Berlin” Tom works for? Berlin is a person and Red’s mysterious adversary. Former Red Army and KGB, the story goes that Berlin sent his enemies to Siberia, but when his daughter fell in love with a dissident he helped her escape the country, and as punishment, he too was sent to Siberia to rot with his enemies. Berlin’s daughter – the woman in the Stewmaker’s book – was apparently killed and sent to him “piece by piece”. He somehow escaped using a knife crafted from her bones. His mission, to hunt for the man responsible for his daughter’s death. (“Berlin”, “Berlin: Conclusion”)

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33. Was Newton Tom’s Boston job Interviewer? Given that Newton was The Alliance’s mole and Tom is an agent of Berlin, who appears opposed to The Alliance, it seems that Newton wasn’t the interviewer and Tom was just trying frame Red to prevent his own cover from behind blown (“Berlin: Conclusion”)

34. What did Sam want to tell Lizzie before he died? The name of her real father. (“Berlin: Conclusion”)

35. Why didn’t Red want Sam to tell Lizzie her biological father’s name? He feared that knowing his name would put Liz even further in danger, so he killed Sam both to end his pain and protect Liz. (“Berlin: Conclusion”)

36. Who saved Liz from the fire when she was a girl, and why is it significant? Liz goes through her adopted father’s belongings and discovers a stuffed, scorched rabbit. This triggers haunting memories of a fire from her childhood. Turns out Liz’s biological father rescued her from the fire, which is the last memory she has of him. (“Berlin: Conclusion”). When Sam adopted her, he used a music box to quell her fears. (“Ivan”)

37. Tom’s Nosebleed? Nothing to see here folks, turns out Tom wasn’t spiked by Berlin or anything crazy, he probably just received a bloody nose during an off-screen scuffle with Red’s spy. (“Berlin: Conclusion”)

38. Who is the mysterious man in the hood on the prisoner transport plane? Red’s enemy himself, Berlin. (“Berlin: Conclusion”)

39. Why doesn’t DC Office want Cooper looking into Diane Fowler’s disappearance? Given that Special Agent Walter Gary Martin is later revealed to be in the pocket of Fitch, the order likely came from The Alliance to prevent Cooper connecting Red to Fowler’s disappearance/death, and therefore protect their own guarded interests. (“Berlin: Conclusion”)

39. How did Red know about the music box Liz’s father used to comfort with her after the fire? Red and Sam were friends and Red was involved in Liz’s early life, so he would have known about the box and how it helped soothe Liz’s anxiety.

40. Why doesn’t Red want Liz to know about Jolene? Because Jolene works for Berlin and Red wants to protect Liz from certain truths/dangers.

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41. Who is the mysterious woman in the Stewmaker’s photo? Red removes a photo of a young woman from the Stewmaker’s book of victims (#79), concealing it from Liz. The date on the photo (December, 1990) corresponds with the year that Red apparently abandoned his daughter. Turns out the woman is Berlin’s daughter, who he believes was murdered and sent to him “piece by piece” while he was in a Siberian prison. The woman may or may not have been Red’s lover and Lizzie’s mother, but Red is certainly impacted by seeing the photo.

Unanswered Questions: 31
Key Answers: 41

This list will continually evolve throughout the season to ensure accuracy and relevance – check back after each episode for updates, and feel free to share your thoughts/theories below.

Comments

  1. Amandabeth says

    This doesn’t really count as a major question, but my serialized antennae started quivering when Red mentioned “I once had a bad experience in a hole deep in the ground”. It seems like the kind of thing they could slip in, and then come back to in a major way. What happened to him? Could it have anything to do with why a golden boy suddenly turned traitor/master criminal?

    Other non-major questions I’m keeping an eye out for: whatever happened to Red’s wife and daughter, and where was he for the four years after disappearing but before the leaks started showing up?

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    • says

      @belle – His comment about the deep hole stood out to me as well. I wondered how much stock to put in it, so glad you mentioned it!

      Good point about Red’s family and his whereabouts prior to handing himself over – worth keeping tabs on these strands to see how relevant they become as the series unravels.

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  2. says

    I felt the same way about her scar! I couldn’t believe my family didn’t notice the similarity of the designs. I am intrigued about the timelines in Liz’s life. Red was gone 20 years is, so if the very obvious conclusion that he is her dad, who is the “dad” that Red thought gave her the scar? Foster father? If her bio-mother died soon after Red’s disappearance, then she could believe that the people who raised her are her parents. I don’t know, but I am loving this show. And I would love to tell the person who chooses the music that they are a genius.

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  3. kilasol says

    Ok after watching episode 4. I am left wondering who is the women in the photo. And also was there a look? when red told his story right before doing what he did. (Didn’t want to spoil anything).

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  4. says

    I’m genuinely hoping that Red is Lizzie’s father! I doubt it now, though, since so many people are referring to him as her father. The writers probably did this for a reason, to get everyone’s hopes up. There are more options than him being her father. The two men could be brothers, and she is possibly the daughter of their sibling or…I don’t know. And the Brooks girl could also be his daughter. I want Liz/Red as father/daughter. It does get a little weird having to see people pair Elizabeth and Raymond as a romantic couple.

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  5. Dennis says

    It isn’t going to be as straight forward as Red being Lizzie’s father, but that seems inevitable. What I caught is Red calling her “Molly” when she interrupted the little counterfeiting session. That of course is Lucy Brooks first alias. I’d say that is projecting. So to make this a bigger lie (as Red proclaims about Lizzie’s life from day 1) would be that Lizzie is in fact Lucy Brooks. Red had their identities switched back in 1990. And probably he is her father.

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  6. Margie says

    Wow this show is incredible changing all the time wish it was on every night I am so confused now thought I had it all worked out but no, please keep making the series from adelaide south australia. Oh and I still think Lizzie and Red are family, Tom still not sure.

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  7. yac says

    I think Red is’nt lizzie’s father (toosimple). His wife and doughter were both killed (in the house he burned down) while he was not able to help them ,after 1990, shortly after his doughter’s 3rd birthday.(Red , free for many years,still remembers his doughter with pain in the age of 3) The scar on lizzie’s hand and red’s requests :”remember your father”, his interest in another young wooman of the same age (of Lizzie and of his child, if she would have survived), sugest that Red investigations led him to think Lizzie and her biological father were both present (maybe as relatives of family) when the murders took place, and that lizzie’s hand was cut ,trying to prevent the murders (maybe her real father was involved and maybe so was Lucy Brooks.). Red needs her to remember the event and maybe lead Red to her real father.if she will be able to recall the traumatic past.
    As a psichopat , he did not want Sam “to tell ” Lizzie, and thus plant fals memories in Lizzie’s head. He wants her real memories and profilng skills to lead him to the answers he seeks.

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    • Elena says

      Red blew up the house in season 1. His house was not burned down. Lizzie’s house was burned down.

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  8. CPR says

    About that pesky mark on Liz’s wrist and the “TOM” box–that mark also appears on The Stewmaker’s left side. When he reviews all his taping and covering in the hotel room, he stretches, lifts his arms and reveals two scars on his left side…One the Y shape of the scar on Lizzie and the other the scar shape similar to those carved in kidnapped children (The Freelancer)–though it appears less defined in the center.

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  9. Shamrock1723 says

    Did anyone else notice Red’s parting comment to Lizzie about watching/keeping her eye on her husband? He is still not above suspicion…

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  10. will says

    I think Neela is the mole, and Alan Alda is CIA. Red left 20 years ago to work undercover for them, and when he went to the FBI, the CIA folks got nervous. Tom is the contigency plan to keep Red from turning on them. If Red acts up, Tom is in a position to hurt/kill Red’s daughter.

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    • says

      I think this could be true except alan Alda represents an illuminati type organization. Some group of very important business or false government type people that control the world. Red said you think the President, or pointing tot the capitol or White House, control things but in reality they are just figure heads that do not do anything at all. Indicating there is a larger new world order, sinister group. I think he was confiscated by these people because he was a genius for the good of their group and forced to leave his family behind. They are an evil group causing harm to his daughter and wife or family and he wants his revenge and to finally protect his daughter. He has power in some way, that Alan alda indicated. Thanks for letting me comment–love the show–watched it accidentally for 5 mins, could not stop watching that episode and have been obsessed ever since. Is is the writing or acting, or what, but it is a great show–can’t put it down.

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  11. says

    Considering some dialogues in particular along the series …

    (Chapter The Freelancer)

    Regarding the request of Harold Coope to request immunity Reddington

    FBI Director Diane: A condition .. bring someone who I know and I trust.
    Meera Malik, CIA.
    You can help navigate in international waters.

    (Chapter Anslo Garrick, Part 1)

    Harold Coope: We have credible intelligence that you’re targeted for assassination.
    Agent Margot Malik: My contacts at the CIA were sitting on an Egyptian sleeper cell.
    They incepted communication between them and an informant calle Wells.
    Red: Hilton Wells?
    Agent Margot Malik: You obviously know him.
    Red: You obviously don’t.
    Hilton Wells doesn’t speak with the Egyptians
    He hasn’t since he aligned himself with Mubarak during the Arab Spring.
    Agent Margot Malik: I can show you the transcripts.
    Red: With all due respect, if the intel were woth having, then I woud have it.

    (Chapter Anslo Garrick, Part 2)

    Keen:”You really think that Garrick had someone on the inside?

    Agent Margot Malik: “It’s possible.
    The only ono beyond suspicion is Ressler.
    Unless he used Garrick to shoot him in the leg, to cover his tracks.”

    … for me, the FBI snitch is “Agent Malik Margot”

    because if Ressler, Reddington I had known!

    (Chapter Anslo Garrick, Part 1)
    Red: I know a great many things about you, Donald.

    Margot Agent Malik, he wants to blame Ressler, because he knows that I always wanted to catch, it’s your best alibi

    About Tom, he works for Mr. Fitch, and as unknown to Reddington, is the father of Liz, the only way to protect her is to tell her husband is not her father, so asked to take care of him.

    About Harold Coope, breeds mistrust me, because if it were for him, Liz, I’d be dead, ordering her not to report to Ressler code.

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  12. Cynthia says

    I only caught part io one episode, The Stewmaker, when in Australia ( we don’t get the series until next year sometime here in NZ ) but one thing that struck me, having read lots of comments, was who ordered Lizzie to be caught and hurt by the Stewmaker? . Please forgive me if this has already been resolved.

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  13. Josh says

    Audrey Bidwell, Russlers ex Fiance, IS Lucy Brooks (the girl Red looked up in ViCapp). If you look at pics side by side depicting Bidwell and Brooks, there is a strong resemblence, but some differences that leave doubt. However, if you google search the actress that plays Bidwell- Emily Tremaine- you can see pics of her on IMDb that look exactly like the pic of Lucy Brooks. See here: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2393120/resumephotos?ref_=nm_ov_resph

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    • Susan says

      You are so right!! I don’t think it coincidental they continue to use tidbits
      relative to the show’s actors. Maybe they intend them to be like subliminal
      messages, used to see if their viewers can figure this out. Maybe not.. just a thought.
      Either way, this is a great show! I live for Monday nights

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  14. says

    This episode we definitely genre more questions than answers, it was a stunning , extraordinary chapter. In my view , the most important chapter was advancing the next chapter , I say that ? … they speak of Assamble change DNA ! , if possible , this would be the answer that we would all be waiting , because it would undoubtedly answer the big question , such as Red Liz ‘s father , if both were supposedly investigated hard to give the bond that unites them, from the beginning of the season? . It is obvious that in the case of the FBI , in fact in chapter 10 , they identified that Red had been in place for their blood, they had a sample of both Red and Liz . To which if this change , manipulation of DNA , it is true , Red , could have used this possibility with very many prior to delivery , so even the FBI did not so far with this key between him and Liz .

    Conjecture, the next chapter will reveal it or not, as we have acostrumbrados , for that, I say again , I love this series so innovative !

    You think? I’d love to know what you think of my comment, I follow them daily since I found them on the net, the appointment is to see the online chapter, ( because I live in Argentina and here I give days later series ) , and then run to your website reading your comments and sign up in discussions

    Thanks for sharing space . Big kiss . @Romiluck

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  15. says

    I knew it! Meera was the mole!

    But I get the impression that he will not kill her, because considering that it could be the link between Mr. Fitch , he would be more advantageous for her to become an informant, and in turn report to him what he wants known .

    As we have seen throughout the series, and with this new chapter confirm once again the only gave the name of The Alchemist , because I needed that list of names this man did disappear , in my opinion doubt that Lucy is dead ( we as the public do not confirm this of course) and so used the FBI to come up with this list, and removed the doubt.

    Each name given is for their good, has something to do with its purposes , uses the FBI , CIA , and others to do the dirty work , is as said from the beginning of the series ” I’m a criminal , especially my is a lie ” , is a master manipulator .

    But on the other hand, if Lucy was a secret agent who works for ? , Why they are interested in Tom ? maybe it can be for people who spied Liz ‘s house , killed all someone had to take the post of that research , remember that one of chapter one of the protagonists watching Liz ‘s house , said “we know that no works to Reddighton , then for whom you work? ” whatever that maybe Lucy comes to discover.

    We know that Red kill all involved, but only gave the name of the account that received the silver Phillips Newton . But really did not know who they worked for , because I spied Liz .

    Now if Lucy is really a double agent , must have a very strong endorsement of the CIA , FBI, DOJ , otherwise Network and would have given her before (remember that he somehow ” found” by VICAP ) or daria with her now , maybe that is the only reason I ” momentarily ” Meera alive.

    Anyway , as I said before is one of my reviews, Cooper , do not build trust from the time he was ready to kill Liz , and I keep more my theory of mistrust by this phrase he said in this chapter , ” Well the DOJ disagrees . They’re satisfied it ‘s over ” , in reference to the comment of Liz” Reddington factotum believes there’s someone on the inside “, at some point your name will be blacklisted .

    Seguire pointing my comments , I love this product , thank you for the opportunity .

     Romiluck .

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  16. says

    Interestingly possible … viewing previous chapters again, I was struck by this detail.
    Photo of Tom FBI Finding home Zanetakos Gina ( Gina Zanetakos # 152 ) is very similar to the photo of one of the DNI Lizzy find at home. As he could not add the photo, is on the DNI who calls NEUMANN DIETER

    The shirt seems to be the same , looks more blue on off photo ID, but the V -neck collar match, like the haircut, glasses.
    Could then be true Reddington ‘s comment when he says in the same chapter, Lizzy , Gina is your lover?
    Gina could be found arm hugging him ?
    Serious picture shows that the DNI is really Tom ?
    If this document is real , it could be the other too?

    The money that was found along with passports , at the end of this chapter , Lizzy says that demonstrated that belonged to an account of Reddington .
    Which would make sense , when we hear that Gina tells the FBI that the person I worked for was Reddington , so we could deduce that she could have given him money to Tom for some reason , maybe I loan ?

    And if we imagine that Tom killed Victor because for some reason could not Gina , she shares the money payment or anything with Tom , and therefore guilt to cover , just because it was she who was to do , and the help tom , then to not blame herself autoincrimina as Reddigton tells Liz .

    In this way , money, dni , gina, tom , would have a similarity.

    Time will tell us whether this might be valid or conjecture of the many wonderful series this makes us think .

    Kiss . @ Romiluck

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  17. Kevin says

    I think now we know what the Blacklist is all about. Red had no intention of ever surfacing, but he only had one vulnerability: Lizzy. He surfaced to keep her safe and to figure out who is after him. ‘I think whoever killed his family and burned down his house is Berlin.
    Red rescued Lizzy from the fire, secretly had a friend raise her, and then realized Berlin found her.

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    • Elena says

      Red’s house was not burned down. Lizzie’s house was burned down.

      Red’s house was blown up by Red himself in season 1. He told M Pratt that his home was empty when he got there for Christmas. There was blood everywhere.

      Red was a naval officer, being groomed for admiral eventually. They did not say what his occupational field was, but I suspect he was Naval Intelligence. Those officers often serve as naval attaches in embassies around the world.

      What if Red had found out something important that he did not recognize while on duty in an embassy in the East Bloc? The KGB or others sent agents to kill him, but he was stuck in a snow bank out of gas. They killed his family instead, having the Stewmaker do away w/the bodies.

      The girl in the photo is Berlin’s daughter. But who is she to Red?

      They have not painted Red as having two families — one at home and another overseas. That makes it unlikely that the dead girl is biologically related to Red. Was the girl someone Red tried to help escape the Warsaw pact? Does Red know Berlin by another name? Did Berlin entrust Red to get his daughter out only to find that Red failed to adequately protect her?

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  18. David says

    RE: Symbol on Tom’s “go” box of passports/money & scar on Lizzie’s hand:

    1. The same symbol appears on the “go” box of passports/money that Lizzie found in Gina Zanetakos’ apartment. You have to look closely as its seen twice for only 1-2 seconds — (1) first time when Lizzie is pulling box out of its hiding place and (2) when Lizzie takes the top off and puts on the kitchen counter

    2. The envelope that Lizzie finds in the bank safety deposit box — using the key that Tom gave her — has the symbol on the cover.

    3.The scar on Lizzie’s hand/wrist/forearm could actually be a brand or a deliberately inflicted mark rather than the result of a fire or some other random childhood event. In the pilot episode, Lizzie tells the little girl with the chemical weapon strapped to her back that “my Daddy gave it to me” when referring to the scar. Earlier in the pilot in speaking with Red, it’s clear that Lizzie’s very self-conscious about the scar because it’s not so pretty and/or it’s tied to some troubling childhood event/memory that she has repressed.

    4. It’s too big a coincidence that this symbol keeps showing up, and it’s exactly the same as Lizzie’s scar. My guess is that it is a symbol related to Berlin’s organization.

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  19. Sandra says

    Question 27.: the date March 22, 1987

    I think it’s the date when his(Reddington’s) daughter was born. It would fit with the markings in his house(which he burnt down): The markings stopped when the child(his daughter?) was 3 years old–> 1987-1990=3 Years…He disappeared in 1990( right?) In 1990, also the Stewmaker made this photo which Reddington later hide from Lizzy….

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  20. G says

    My question from the start has been why would the FBI stop at a “GO” sign? When the little girl gets kidnapped, we view the road worker from behind and we see the “STOP” side of the sign – therefore the car was seeing the “GO” side – so, er, why stop? Particularly given a kidnapping threat… Have they never watched a kidnap plot movie?

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  21. CS says

    So after watching the finale, I think I figured it out..

    Since Berlin and Red both have the same picture of the same woman (who we now know is Berlin’s daughter), what If Red was the one his daughter fell In love with when she was young? She was Red’s wife and she and Red had a daughter, who is Lizzie, making Berlin Lizzie’s grandfather. Berlin has been led to believe his daughter is dead, which is why he is so intent on going after Red because he either blames him for her being taken away, or he thinks Red is the one who killed her. Since the stewmaker had Berlin’s daughter’s picture as a trophy (the one that Red took), we know he killed her and was the one who sent her back in pieces. Red knew after his wife (Berlin’s daughter) was murdered that Lizzie would be in danger and didn’t want Berlin to know they had a daughter so he passed her off to Sam to keep her safe (that’s why he says if she knew who her father was, she would be in danger (bc Red is being hunted and doesn’t want her to know she’s his daughter in order to protect her)). Like Berlin said in the hospital, “No one knows Berlin’s real name”, including Red, and Berlin is just an alias so Red doesn’t figure out who he is.

    Pieces do the puzzle:
    - Red and Berlin have the same picture of the same woman, who we now know Berlin’s daughter (picture is in his pocket watch)
    - When Berlin was in the hospital pretending to be the guard, he said Berlin’s daughter fell in love, he was imprisoned, and she was taken away and sent back to him in pieces
    - Red took the picture of the woman from the stewmaker’s book (she was one of his victim’s and wouldn’t let Liz see it)
    - The date on the picture corresponds to the year Red “abandoned” his daughter (Lizzie was abandoned by her father, who we know is a career criminal)
    - Red has scars on his back from a fire and Lizzie is certain her father is the one who pulled her out of the fire when she was a child

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  22. MrsACT says

    The finale was great! I do not think Red is Lizzie’s father, it has been way to obvious since the begining. And if he was and wanted to protect her, he wouldn’t have come back in her life and put a target on her back. I do think that Lizzie’s mother is Berlin’s daughter but I don’t think Berlin knew his daughter had a child. I also think that Red had ties to the “dissident” that she fell in love with. I think Red’s family dissappeared the same day the fire was set to Lizzie’s house. I think that Red did save Lizzie but I think her memories are not quite clear and that is why she thinks it is her father. It is also possible that Lizzie’s dad did save her and then we Red got there he went back in to save Lizzie’s father and that is how he gopt burned. All these people and stories are linked to the Alliance (Alan Alda) and they know exactly what happened to Red’s family and I think they are the one’s behind Berlin.

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  23. Kim says

    This is really long, so I cut it in two pieces. After way too much Panera coffee, I typed up my thoughts on the show’s mythology. My ideas are … different, but I think reasonable.
    In the early eighties, Red graduates from the Naval Academy, gets married and has a child, while working in Naval Intelligence with Sam, under the leadership of Alan Fitch. During his work he is exposed to a number of dark government secrets, including the existence of the Alliance. He somehow loses the trust of the Alliance. In retribution his family is attacked Christmas Eve, 1990. He only survives because he was late getting home that night. His wife disappears, his daughter is sent to the Stewmaker. Red goes underground, and uses his resources to find out who ordered the hit. He learns that one rogue member of the Alliance was responsible – he’s a high level government officer, likely military. Red goes for revenge, killing the Alliance member and setting the house on fire to cover the murder. Then he realizes that a child is in the house – he saves Lizzie, but is extensively burned in the process. He manages to get her to Sam’s house and safety before getting medical attention. His face is damaged – she’s so horrified that in the future her memory substitutes her father instead.
    He’s accused of treason and murder, earning him a place on the most wanted list. Red spends a long time receiving treatment for his burns, including extensive facial work by his friend the plastic surgeon we meet in ‘General Ludd’ He covers his scars by always wearing long sleeves – only Dembe/Luli learn about the fire.
    Because he had hidden his evidence against the Alliance before his escape, he has enough bargaining power to make a deal – they help him hide and he stays quiet. The nature of the secret has cause him to lose trust in U.S. – he renounces his citizenship, but he doesn’t take his secrets to any other nations, either – the Alliance is international.

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      • Kim says

        You’re right – he did that so that he could give Ressler the field transfusion and save his life, which was more important to him than covering the scars. I would be very surprised if Ressler didn’t already know about the scars. Whoever implanted the chips (he had a temporary one before the DARPA chip) would have seen the scars, and probably others as well, and would have included them as ‘distinguishing marks’ in Red’s file, and Ressler would have read his file very carefully.

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  24. Kim says

    part two if you’re interested! If you work for The Blacklist and like this, hire me!

    He builds his empire slowly, staying under the radar the best he can. Red’s lost everything that ever meant anything to him – wife, child, friends, career, country, innocence – now he’s a murderer, traitor, criminal. He started with revenge, but it became his life. Red believes that he is now completely unloveable and unredeemable, except by Lizzie – the only honorable thing he’s done was save her at great personal cost. He stays in touch with Sam and helps Lizzie as much as he can.
    During the late 2000′s, he realizes that someone is moving on his organization. Then he finds out in 2010 that Lizzie is married, and the husband is untrustworthy. The attacks on him are dangerous enough that he needs extra protection, and he wants to keep a closer eye on Lizzie. Sam is ill, and needs help watching out for her. When he finds out that she has joined the FBI, he arranges to turn himself in with the stipulation that he works closely with her. Immediately, Ressler, with Cooper’s approval, runs DNA tests to confirm that Liz and Red are not related, since this would be an obvious reason for Red to chose her and would affect the workings of the team. He uses their cases to track down his adversary – Berlin.
    Berlin is Liz’s father, who unknown to Red had survived the fire. After the fire, Berlin went underground, too, starting his own version of the Alliance in Europe, based on the same secret information. They have a symbol – the one on the envelop/box/Lizzie’s scar. Berlin had learned in the late 2000s that Lizzie survived the fire as well. He doesn’t want a reunion, he uses her to find Red. The fake Berlin didn’t know about Lizzie, so he told Tom to kill her – but Tom worked for the real father and knew to protect her. Both Berlins told fake stories in order to mislead the FBI – there is no dissident/no daughter in little pieces. Lizzie’s father had the Stewmaker picture, since he was the one who had ordered the hit.
    If Lizzie finds out her real father is a well-known American who faked his death, she will likely take actions that would draw attention to the situation – neither her real father nor the Alliance want that, and it would put her in more danger than Red is willing to risk.

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  25. laurie says

    Kim,

    That’s a great theory, but I’m confused. At the end you say, “If Lizzie finds out her real father is a well-known American who faked his death, she will likely take actions that would draw attention to the situation – neither her real father nor the Alliance want that, and it would put her in more danger than Red is willing to risk.”

    If Lizzie’s dad is Berlin, I thought he was Russian, not American, let a lone, “well known.” Please explain.

    Also, I get so confused. Did Red drop Lizzie off at 3 years old after the fire to be raised by Sam? ” because in another summary i read that lizzie’s mom had drank herself to death and lizzie raised her self. It doesn’t make sense. And I think it is interesting that we never hear Lizzie talk about her mom.

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    • Kim says

      I’m glad someone read my theory – thanks for your reply!

      Someone else on another site noticed this too – Berlin’s accent didn’t sound Russian. It was kind of a muddled accent, as far as I could tell – like someone who traveled a lot. He had the financial resources, and twenty years, to change his appearance and become unrecognizable.
      I believe the mother Red was referring to might be Sam’s wife – I would assume he married at some point after he adopted Liz.
      It is interesting that Red mourns so much for his daughter, but not his wife. I have a feeling that his wife will become part of the story in the future. Maybe we’ll learn something about Lizzie’s birth mother, as well.

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  26. charla parker says

    no. 26. It was NOT the stewmaker who faked Lucy Brooks death, It was the Alchemist. Red found Jolene in The Alchemist’s files.

    no. 36. Sam did not have the music box. He hummed the tune to Liz.

    no. 37. There was no signs of Tom being hit. The nosebleed was spontaneous.

    no. 39. Same as no. 36.

    no. 40. Red said that if he told Liz about Jolene’s death she it would conform her actions with Tom and he would know that he killed her. That knowledge would have put Liz in more danger.

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  27. mef says

    How can Red’s daughter be old enough to dance Swan Lake in 1987, yet only be three or four in 1990 when Red disappears?

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