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Liz Keen’s feelings regarding the man known as Red have been running the gamut on The Blacklist. Her actions early in Season 6 have led to a bunch of problems for him, and as of the latest episode, Red was sentenced to death. Not before Liz tried to save his life, though. The Blacklist creator Jon Bokenkamp weighed in on why she made the move to save him, saying:
Liz tried to save Red’s life by taking the stand. Despite a profound speech on his behalf, things did not end up working out. It is nice to hear Jon Bokenkamp confirm Liz’s motivations to TV Insider. Even if she is mostly to blame for Red’s current circumstances, she has realized that whoever Red is, he does genuinely love her.
So, where does this leave the Task Force and Liz in the follow-up to The Blacklist’s latest explosive episode? Jon Bokenkamp had this to say about Liz’s strategy moving forward:
Jon Bokenkamp’s answer is arguably the most fitting evaluation of Red’s various relationships on The Blacklist. It is also pretty scary where he talks about everyone struggling with the inevitability of things to come. The only thing that is on the horizon is Red’s death sentence. Please, let them find this mysterious “man in Cairo.”
Locating him seems to be Red’s only hope at this point. Hopefully, Team Red can find him in time. The synopsis for The Blacklist’s next episode reveals that the team will be working overtime to uncover the truth surrounding an international assassination. The bid is described as a “last-ditch effort” to save Red. Things are getting dire!
Liz has had reasons to doubt many things. The veracity of Red’s affection for her is another story. That should have never been a cause for doubt. It should have been a reason to make her think twice before igniting her life-altering plan to get him arrested. He earned the benefit of her best character assessment.
Unfortunately, Red contributed to his fate. He got way ahead of himself in thinking his Plan B (a.k.a. the prison escape) could work. Red went all-in on his sentence recommendation. Now he is facing the death penalty. What makes his spoiled attempt at freedom so tragic is that it is Liz’s genuine care for him that ruined it.
Of all the ways to have been inadvertently brought down, it was an act of compassion on Liz’s part. Too much too late from Liz. Find out if she can help save Red’s life when The Blacklist continues with new episodes airing Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.