Liz Keen (Megan Boone) and Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader) will be on the run in "The Blacklist" Season 3, which premieres Thursday, and, as the promo posters for the new episodes say, "It's good to be wanted." After Season 2 saw Liz and Red's relationship frayed by mistrust, fans of the NBC series are excited to see the two fugitives working together as a team. However, some fans might need some help remembering why the pair are wanted by the FBI in the first place.
In the Season 2 finale, Liz was being framed for Senator Hawkins' murder by the Cabal and corrupt U.S. Attorney General Tom Connolly (Reed Birney). He used her mother’s identity as a KGB agent and her association with Red to smear her name. Connolly tried to pressure Cooper (Harry Lennix) to testify against his agent, but the FBI director refused to cooperate, even if it meant getting taken off of the preferential clinical trial Connolly had arranged for him. However, Liz still had to get out of town. Unfortunately for her, Connolly and his men arrested her before she had a chance and Cooper was put on administrative leave.
Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) was named the interim FBI director in Cooper’s absence and his first task was investigating Liz. That got off to a bad start when Liz’s blood tested positive for the virus that killed Hawkins. Luckily for Liz, Red had a plan. He cut the power to the FBI headquarters and had Cooper get on the phone with Liz to help her break out safely. She ran into one roadblock though -- Ressler, who pleaded for her to trust that he could clear her name by the book. When she refused he was forced to let her leave or arrest her himself, ultimately deciding to let her go free.
Liz’s next move was to go to Tom (Ryan Eggold), who wanted her to run away with him. Instead, she convinced him to help her go after Andropov (Max Baker), the suspect she believed helped frame her for Hawkins' murder. The result was a car chase with Liz and Tom tailing the Russian spy through the city. Unfortunately, gunmen from the Cabal got to Andropov first, killing him in a shootout to ensure his silence.
After the fire fight, Liz was feeling vulnerable and changed her mind about running away with Tom. She said she had just realized how afraid she was to lose him. Tom told her she could not get answers about her mother or clear her name if she left, but she said all she needed was him. The two ended up spending the night together, getting pretty hot and heavy.
In the morning, though, Liz got a lead about Cooper’s doctor and suddenly wanted answers again, much to Tom’s disappointment. She called Cooper and told him his doctor was in the Cabal. Cooper confronted the corrupt doctor, who informed the FBI director that he had never actually been sick! It had all been a conspiracy hatched by Connolly to gain leverage over him.
Elsewhere, Red gathered a group of the world’s most respected investigative journalists and presented them with all of the information in the Fulcrum, the blackmail file coveted by the Cabal, asking them to report on the shadow organization and expose its members' secrets.
Meanwhile, Cooper and Liz showed up at a banquet and confronted Connolly. The pair attempted to convince him to clear Liz’s name and arrest Karakurt, attempting to bribe Connolly with a recording of his conversations with Cooper’s doctor. When Connolly refused, claiming the Cabal would protect him, Liz snapped. The FBI agent pulled out a gun and shot the crooked Attorney General dead. The shooting jolted her memory and she suddenly remembered everything about the night of the fire from her childhood -- Liz was the one who had shot and killed her father!
When Liz met up with Red and told him what she had remembered, Red broke down. The weight of the secret had taken a toll and he felt guilt about failing to keep her conscience clean -- his goal all along was to keep Liz free from the burden of that traumatic memory. Liz, though, finally realized how much he cared for her. The pair hopped in a van to flee the country together. Meanwhile, Ressler was forced to post a picture of Liz among the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, as Cooper was arrested and Tom sailed for the sunset in his boat.
So, what will happen now? The synopsis for Thursday's premiere reveals that Liz and Red will consult an old accomplice of his, known as the Troll Farmer (also the title of the episode) to flee FBI capture. The first scene of the episode, which NBC released online, shows the pair posing as cops to evade Ressler and the rest of task force. Will they be able to get away? Fans will have to wait to find out. Season 3 of "The Blacklist" premieres Thursday at 9 p.m. EDT on NBC.
Watch the first scene of the Season 3 premiere below: