It now seems so insanely obvious which way “The Blacklist” has been going with its recent Reddington (James Spader) plotline, but it still didn’t keep our jaws from dropping when all the tumblers clicked into place at the end of Thursday’s (Feb. 16) episode, “The Architect.”
The episode featured three wholly unconnected plotlines — the case of the week, Tom’s (Ryan Eggold) quest to figure out why a serial killer would confess to killing him, Christopher Hargrave, as a little boy and Reddington seeking answer about who is coming after his business interests. The case of the week was fine and the Tom storyline was solid, but the real shining star was Reddington (admittedly, par for the course).
It turns out Red has been chasing his tail and that the call is coming from inside the house — or in this case, the sabotage is coming from inside the organization. Someone with an intimate knowledge of his businesses hired Isabella Stone (Melora Hardin) to go after Red by using Red’s own accounts. And who do we know who might be out for revenge against Reddington, last seen riding off in a pick-up truck after he shot her in the head and left her for dead?
That’s right — it has to be Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert). We actually could not be smacking our heads against the wall more that this didn’t occur to us weeks ago. However, say what you will about “The Blacklist’s” game plan — sometimes it’s glaringly obvious, but the show does occasionally manage to pull one over on viewers and it has apparently done it again.
We assumed that Kaplan would want to try to get back in Red’s good graces. Yes, he shot her in the head, but she also betrayed him in a major way and it feels like Kaplan would understand Red’s code in that regard. But no, she’s out for revenge and doing it in the best way possible — by taking down his empire while making him look like a fool on a global stage.
And based on the previews for next week, she’s putting the last piece of the puzzle in place by trying to kill Reddington once and for all.
Of course, she isn’t going to be successful because this show can’t lose its shining star. But we are salivating at the prospect of Red coming face to face with Kaplan… And holding out hope that the show might be pulling a double-whammy after all, and these two crazy kids will somehow end up back in cahoots.
But either way, between this and the launch of “The Blacklist: Redemption” it’s looking like next week will be a heckuva ride.
“The Blacklist” airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC, and goes on a short hiatus after next week, as “Redemption” takes the stage.