The Blacklist season finale recap: One Final Bloodbath

One major character's dead, two are critically injured -- but Liz and Red finally find out who Berlin is
Ep. 22 | Aired May 12, 2014

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Red bursts into the Russian's room while he's on the phone relaying the message to kill Keen and then Ressler. (Shout out: [Thick Russian accent] "...then I want you to take care of the ginger." That's way harsh, Tai.) "You must be the one they call Berlin," Red says, gun leveled at the Russian's head. He straps him to a chair. "You want to know the key to finding people, remembering their names. Everyone knows a drug cartel leader in Colombia...but I know their wives, their children, their enemies, their favorite bartender, their butcher. I even remember the name of the baker I stole the raspberry bismarck from when I was a child and his wife, Trudy Zapota." Oh, Red. Even with all these names, he doesn't have any idea who Berlin is or what he wants. So we turn to the gun. "Being shot in the hand is just an absolute bitch. All those little bones. At least it goes right through. Worst part, honestly? Is needing someone to help zip your fly. Being shot in the hip, on the other hand, Jiminy Cricket. Thick bone, big artery, not to mention the fact that it makes walking upright forever impossible." Eyebrows finally breaks: "Beirut, 2010."

Liz is waiting in the car while Red tortures the Russian. Suddenly, in jumps her husband, Tom Killer Keen. "Hey babe," he says, all smokey and villain-y. Arghhh, not the "babe!" Too good. The Blacklist is excellent at making you feel excited, scared, eager and anxious all at once. I laughed and screamed at the same time...which was rough, since my mouth was full of half-chewed spinach omelet. Well, Tom has Lizzie at gunpoint, and walks her into the room where Red is taking apart Eyebrows. Things start to get really out of hand. Tom is threatening Red. Eyebrows is yelling for Tom to shoot Liz. Tom is clearly trying not to shoot Liz. Liz is begging for her life. It's ugly. Red shoots Eyebrows in the head and goes, "Well that simplifies things." Tom shoots at Red, but the bullet only grazes his arm. Liz whips around and suddenly bang! bang! she fires two shots into Toms stomach with his gun. When Red lifts his weapon to plug Tom in the head, Liz stops him. "No, please go. I'll finish it. This is between us." She puts her hand on his chest covering the wounds and he whispers that he's sorry. But before he loses consciousness, he whispers something we can't hear into her ear. Don't die, Tom! Luckily, when the FBI come to check out the crime scene later, Tom's body is missing.

All that's left of the task force are Ressler, Keen and Aram. These three get the news that the charred body from the plane matches the third guard, meaning that the "guard" they thought they were speaking to earlier, the one who told them Berlin's life story, was actually Berlin himself. And now he's escaped from the hospital, leaving behind a bone fragment that he used to kill a few nurses. Gross. When Keen relays the news to Reddington, he is unsurprised. He knew Eyebrows wasn't Berlin when he said "Beirut 2010," because Berlin has been hunting him since long before that. "I need Berlin to believe that I think he's dead. That gives us an advantage." He tells Liz that at this point, she can either accept who she is and work with Red, or she can reject her past and quit the FBI. She chooses option B.

During the ending montage, Liz sits in her now clean house and flips through photos of Sam. Her stuff is packed; she's leaving town. As Ressler sits by Cooper's hospital bed, he notices his hand twitch -- so Cooper will live. Peter Stormare, the real Berlin, is shaving his beard, and flips open his daughter's pocket watch to glance at her picture. As Reddington is putting his bags in the car, Liz pulls up. When Red sees her, his whole face lights up. She's choosing option A after all. They sit and talk, and Liz reveals what Tom whispered to her -- that her father is alive. Red says that her father died in that fire; there's no uncertainty. The final shot is of Reddington looking at a polaroid, the one he took from the Stewmaker's book of victims. It shows Berlin's daughter -- the same picture that he has in his pocket watch. He unbuttons his shirt to dress the gunshot wound he got from Tom. As he pulls the shirt off, we see that his entire back is covered in burn scars. So he was definitely the one that saved Liz from the fire and deposited her to Sam's door. Still, we don't know who her real father is...

Clearly, Berlin and Reddington have similar motives, since Red is looking for the girl in the photo too. He would never have hired the Stewmaker to melt a woman. So the question is, who is the Russian who ordered the prison plane to round up Berlin? Is that the same man who murdered Berlin's daughter, the woman who was possibly Reddington's lover? Why is Tom Keen working for Berlin? Who the hell is Liz's father? But most importantly -- what to do to pass the time until season 2?

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