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Spoilers for the first half of tonight’s episode of The Blacklist (“The Brockton College Killer”) are discussed below.
The Blacklist’s first half of the April 26 two-parter delivered a doozy. Right off the top, the series had Liz share her shocking secret with Red: that she was the one who turned him. That action that led to him getting arrested, put on trial, convicted, and sentenced to death. He only narrowly escaped the whole affair. Episode director Lisa Robinson chatted with CinemaBlend about the episode, and she had this to say about it:
The truth bomb that Liz was holding and convinced Dembe to carry for her exploded in the first half of the two-parter. Red took it stoically, but really he was stung, hurt, and felt betrayed. He went off to clear his head after learning everything. That intriguingly led him to the door of Katarina Rostova’s oft-seen father, Dom.
The duo ended up working on a car together. Talk of truth, consequences, justice, and revenge was not far behind. Red’s emotional conflict over the betrayal of Liz and in his mind, Dembe, sent him reeling. How deep did The Blacklist get on Red’s overall mythos when the first hour was over? Director Lisa Robinson said:
Those relationships were in tumultuous if fragmented condition when the episode was over. By the end of the first half of The Blacklist’s two-parter, Red had come to a realization. Dembe did not need his forgiveness. A heartfelt speech by Red was not enough to turn back time though. Dembe had made a huge choice. He left.
Red and Dembe are over. The issue that led to the now ginormous chasm between them was Liz’s doing. She came into Red’s apartment to find him in a really good mood. He was not in one when she left. Opening on such a comic note, only to see it end so dramatically was something to behold. What was it like to direct such a wide-ranging scene? Director Lisa Robinson weighed in, saying:
This is a stellar insight regarding Red and the series' tonality, in my opinion. Dembe proved vital, and the ending shot of Red’s speech to Dembe also managed to keep Dembe in focus. The use of a nearby mirror almost split-screen the two men. As for the scene of Liz's reveal, Lisa Robson said this:
Lisa Robinson certainly captured everything. In a first half that ran the gamut of emotions, it was a lot to take in. The heartbreaking turn in Red and Dembe’s relationship is a devastating one.
Find out what happens next when The Blacklist continues with new episodes on Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.