A season’s worth of tension on The Blacklist led to Liz making her choice between Red and Katarina. In the end, she chose to side with her mother in an animated/live-action Season 7 finale that left viewers with a lot to drop their jaws over. It also left them with one of the most epic questions of all – why did Liz choose Katarina?
In the Season 7 finale’s last moments, Liz made a speech explaining her turn to the darkness as she embraced her alliance with her mother. The Blacklist did not leave it there, either. In a chilling monologue, Liz declared that she would not let her ailing grandfather, Dom, nor an also-sick Red stand in her way.
The implication was pretty clear in my mind. If Red or Dom get in Katarina’s way, they are in jeopardy, and I am not talking about competing on the famous trivia show, either. When The Blacklist returns, Liz and Katarina will be a united force that could threaten the very core of Red and all of his secrets.
So, if you are still trying to process where Katarina bested Red in Liz’s good graces, The Blacklist’s executive producers have provided insight. Did all of Katarina’s priorly sewed seeds of distrust give her the edge with her daughter? Or was it Red’s secret-keeping that proved to be his undoing? Asked about Liz and Katarina’s partnership moving forward, Blacklist executive producer John Eisendrath told EW:
I wonder how different things would have been if instead of unceremoniously kidnapping and torturing Red, Katarina had been grateful for his warning. She created this entire situation, in my opinion. But, just how major was Katarina's decision to protect Liz so that Red wouldn't find out that Liz had betrayed him (yet again) on The Blacklist? Was Liz in mortal danger?
Red forgave Liz for getting him sentenced to death and coming within seconds of getting the lethal injection. If Red could get past that and Liz’s indefatigable pursuit of his true identity, would he really hurt Liz over siding with her mother? He gets that there is a mother/daughter draw between them. Saving her daughter from Red was not Katarina’s only major point-getter with Liz during The Blacklist’s Season 7 finale.
Jon Bokenkamp revealed that it was Katarina aiding Red when he collapsed from his mystery illness that gave Katarina the winning points. The Blacklist’s creator explained that it was Katarina’s seeming act of compassion that made Liz reconsider. Bokenkamp said:
It was not just Katarina’s Red-hot save that helped bolster her case with her daughter. It was also the info she had to offer Liz that gave her another edge in The Blacklist’s Season 7 ender. Hopefully, Liz and viewers will learn more about the knowledge that Katarina possesses next season. It should be a doozy!
The Blacklist is on a break for now, but it will return for Season 8 on NBC at an undisclosed date in the future, after this summer’s premieres. Until that time arrives, you can busy yourself with past seasons of the crime drama on Netflix, along with lots of 2020 arrivals.
Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.
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