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Brace yourself, Blacklist fans, because Katarina Rostova will be keeping everyone in the NBC drama on their toes in big ways in Season 7. Yes! Viewers already got a foretelling glimpse of how dangerous a villain she could be in the previous season finale, when Katarina drugged Red and had him taken to parts unknown during those final minutes.
It does not sound like there is any sort of cheeky misunderstanding at play, either, and The Blacklist seems set to give audiences an even grimmer peek at Liz’s mom in Season 7. Series creator Jon Bokenkamp teases the ferocity of The Blacklist’s next big bad, telling TVLine:
[Katarina is] the most formidable Big Bad that we’ve introduced.
That is saying something, since The Blacklist has not been shy about showing off some fearsome opponents in the past. Katarina poses several issues that make her a particularly formidable foe, with a key reason being that she is integral to The Blacklist’s mythos.
[Liz] thinks Katarina is dead and hasn’t seen her mother since she was 4 or 5. If she were to meet Katarina, she may not know that it’s her mother, and there may be an opportunity for Katarina to come into Liz’s life in a way that is anything but motherly.
Wait, what? Can Season 7 start tomorrow, please? It sounds like Liz may meet her mother under false pretenses. In other words, Katarina may introduce herself to her daughter using a fake identity, or through more nonchalant means, like bumping into her in public. Liz cannot catch a break when it comes to meeting people with fake personas, can she?
Bute what is The Blacklist’s brilliant creator hinting at regarding Katarina introducing herself in such a non-motherly way? Does this mean that Red will be out of commission for a while as Katarina plays through the opening she created? Does it mean that Katarina will actually pose as Liz's father instead? Almost definitely not, but there was that rumor a while back that Red was actually Liz's mother who'd changed genders in the past.
Theoretically, Red is the only one who can stop her, since Katarina could be the Moriarty to Red’s Sherlock Holmes. The Blacklist is hinting there is more to Red than it may seem, too.Season 7’s poster contained a cryptic clue regarding how much Liz and viewers can trust him. It is not a great omen for fans who like seeing James Spader approach honesty.
See Katarina, a.k.a. the biggest bad ever, in action when The Blacklist returns as part of this fall’s premieres. Season 7 begins on NBC on Friday, October 4, and new episodes air Fridays at 8 p.m. ET. Catch up on what is known about Katarina via previous seasons of The Blacklist on Netflix, along with lots of new content.