“The Blacklist” returns Monday, and viewers will finally get to see Red (James Spader) and Liz (Megan Boone) back in action. Viewers have been waiting since the Season 1 finale to see Red and Berlin (Peter Stormare) face off against each other after the criminal’s identity was finally revealed at the end of the finale. But how did we get to this point? We're breaking down the Season 1 finale of "The Blacklist."
The Season 1 finale began with the crash of a plane carrying a dozen Russian prisoners. Three prisoners survived the wreck and escaped. The FBI was desperate to find them -- believing one of them is Berlin, who is seeking revenge on Red and the whole task force. Elsewhere, a mysterious and eyebrow-less Russian (Eyas Younis) met with Tom (Ryan Eggold), who gave him the name of every agent on Red’s task force.
Red was captured in the previous episode by Agent Martin (Jason Harner), so Fitch (Alan Alda) had to organize a random transfer to give Red the opportunity to escape. Red managed to escape and immediately went to the Russian ambassador to “persuade” him to give the FBI the flight manifest.
Meanwhile, the FBI was having a difficult time tracking down the Russian prisoners. Ressler (Diego Kalltenhoff) and Malik (Parminder Nagra) went to a Russian club in pursuit of two of them. Ressler got his man, but Malik was killed by the other prisoner. Later, Cooper was attacked while in his car and was left in critical condition.
Ressler and Liz went to the hospital to visit the guard on the plane whose hand was cut off by Berlin in his escape. The guard (Peter Stormare) tells them about Berlin, saying he was a KGB operative whose daughter had a relationship with a dissident. When Berlin tried to protect his daughter, he was sent to Siberia and his enemies sent him the body of his daughter ... piece by piece. For some reason he blames Red.
Red then got a call with the location of the man he believes to be Berlin. He stormed into a Russian compound and found the eyebrow-less Russian from earlier. While Red was interrogating him, Tom stormed in with Liz as his hostage. After a tense standoff, Red killed the Russian and Liz shot Tom, but before Tom died he whispered something in Liz’s ear.
The coroner’s report came back to reveal that the unidentified prisoner’s body who was burned was actually the guard, meaning that the guard Ressler and Liz spoke to was Berlin. Also, when the FBI finally got to the scene of Red, Liz and Tom’s showdown, Tom’s body was gone.
The Season 1 finale of "The Blacklist" concluded with Red setting out to search for the real Berlin and, after some hesitation, Liz decided to join him. She did have a bone to pick with him, though. Before dying Tom told Liz that her father was still alive. Red assured her this was not the case, but fans were left in doubt when in the last shot, Red took off his shirt to reveal burn marks on his back.
Was he the one who rescued Liz from the fire? Is he her father? Season 2 will kick off with Red still in pursuit of Berlin, but there will be another blacklister for him to deal with first -- Lord Baltimore. Red will also be reunited with an old friend and ally, played by Mary Louise-Parker ("Weeds"). Don't miss the action when “The Blacklist” returns Monday, Sept. 22, at 10 p.m. EDT on NBC.
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