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The Blacklist Bosses Shed Mild on That Surprising Fall Finale Alliance, Trace at ‘Looming Hazard’ Forward for Katarina

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Elizabeth Eager may wish to clear some closet area, as a result of The Blacklist‘s fall finale gave her lots to unpack.

Among the many revelations Liz realized throughout this hour: (1) Reddington is not Ilya Koslov, as her grandfather had led her to imagine; (2) Dom deliberate to have Katarina killed years in the past, in an effort to guard Liz (uh, awkward); and (three) Katarina is searching for solutions that Pink, Ilya and others have been conserving from her — and her life is simply at risk as soon as once more as a result of Liz went searching for her final season. (I repeat: Awkward.)

Through the episode, each Pink and the FBI lastly closed in on Katarina — every with their very own motivations for doing so — however upon listening to that Katarina is in search of an essential fact, Liz determined to align together with her mom. She helped Katarina get out of their house constructing undetected, promising to maintain her out of the FBI’s grasp so long as potential.

Sadly for Katarina, Pink did detect her leaving Liz’s constructing, prompting him and Dembe to tail the getaway automotive she’d hot-wired. However after a several-mile pursuit, Katarina was T-boned by an SUV, and Pink watched in shock as two males received out of the automotive and gunned down Katarina within the highway. In Pink’s estimation, the Townsend Directive — aka that standing bounty on Katarina’s head — had simply been fulfilled by these two nameless males, and he later knowledgeable Liz that Katarina had died (leaving out the small element of Katarina’s actual title, in fact; he nonetheless referred to her as Maddie Tolliver).

Liz was expectedly devastated on the information of her mom’s demise, although she gave an excellent poker face till Pink was not round. That‘s when she broke down in tears… till she received a cellphone name from none apart from Katarina, who defined that (1) she had faked her dying, and (2) she wanted to vanish for some time, although she nonetheless had each intention of working with Liz to search out the solutions they’ve been in search of. Liz confirmed that Pink had been totally satisfied by Katarina’s “dying,” and he or she assured her mom that she’d hold her very-much-alive standing a secret. “I really like you, Masha,” Katarina tearfully concluded. “Be protected,” Liz replied.

After screening the autumn finale (which marks the final Blacklist episode till March 2020), TVLine spoke with government producers Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath, who teased what’s to come back now that Liz and her mom are on the identical aspect.

TVLINE | Let’s begin with Katarina faking her personal dying. Whenever you had been breaking this season, was there ever a time while you had deliberate to truly kill her off? Or had been you at all times considering of bringing her into the again half of Season 7?
EISENDRATH | You recognize, it’s at all times an evolving story. Initially, on the finish of final season’s finale, the primary draft had Pink killing Katarina. And we by no means would have had any of this. However we realized that was perhaps not the best concept we’ve ever had, and sooner or later we thought, “Oh, perhaps for the midseason cliffhanger, she ought to die.” After which we had been like, “Uh, perhaps not.” And a part of the reason being that the majority profitable reveals have a lifetime of their very own, and the writers attempt to comply with the story as a lot as write the story. And notably when you’ve got somebody like Laila Robins [who plays Katarina] — she was simply so good that it made us really feel like, “Oh, we wish to write for her.” So it was a mixture of causes. It was partly that we simply weren’t sensible sufficient to see from the start that it might be value conserving that character round, and secondly, she was so good, and thirdly, we realized that the story is extremely dramatic, and we must always dwell with that. So the brief reply is sure, we did consider killing her off repeatedly. [Laughs]

TVLINE | However to be clear: Katarina being alive implies that the Townsend Directive continues to be in play, right? That’s nonetheless one thing she ought to concern?
BOKENKAMP | That’s right. We noticed tonight that these loopy brothers who confirmed up attempting to kill her and acquire the bounty — they had been finally working with Katarina. However there are a variety of individuals world wide who’ve a beef with Katarina Rostova and are searching for her. The Townsend Directive may be very a lot an actual menace for her, and it stays a looming hazard.

TVLINE | Katarina and Liz working collectively is a enjoyable dynamic that we haven’t seen on the present earlier than. How would you describe their alliance? Does Liz totally belief her mom?
EISENDRATH | She’s not 100 % assured that she will belief Katarina. At this level, she thinks Katarina might provide her a higher likelihood of discovering out the reality that it appears Pink received’t share together with her. However she actually will not be totally trusting of Katarina at this level, in order the season goes on, there will probably be decisions that she’ll must make — whether or not to remain aligned together with her mom, whether or not to be extra sympathetic towards Pink’s viewpoint. And when [Liz and Katarina] are collectively, hopefully we can deepen the connection and allow them to dwell within the fact of who they’re. We’ll have the ability to construct as much as an excellent season finale with Liz deeply linked to Katarina as Katarina and Pink have a giant confrontation on the finish of the yr.
BOKENKAMP | And all of that’s occurring behind the again of Reddington. He believes Katarina is useless. The Townsend Directive has been fulfilled, Katarina Rostova is useless, and on with life. That does make it slightly fascinating, with the rising relationship between mom and daughter occurring with out Reddington’s data. A minimum of for now.

TVLINE | And now that Pink does imagine Katarina is useless, what does that imply for him? Will he wish to return to enterprise as typical, giving the FBI these circumstances of the week?
EISENDRATH | That’s an excellent query.
BOKENKAMP | Now that Pink is ready to put this to mattress, it received’t imply that the present will all of a sudden change into frothy and light-weight. However Reddington is in a distinct headspace, and after we come again in March, he’s unencumbered, and we’ve quite a lot of enjoyable. Now we have some actually enjoyable stuff arising. That doesn’t imply there isn’t darkness beneath it, as a result of there’s this rolling boil of Katarina and Liz and their hunt for the reality. However our entry level in March, and for some time, will probably be somewhat bit lighter, somewhat extra enjoyable. And we get to take a breath with Pink, who looks like that is throughout. Sadly, that’s not the case.

OK, your flip. What did you consider The Blacklist‘s fall finale? Grade the episode in our ballot under, then drop a remark along with your full opinions!

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