“The Blacklist” had a devastating ending for longtime fans Thursday (Sept. 29), which we will be touching on below so don’t keep reading if you haven’t watched “Mato.”

First off, pour one out for Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert). She was one of the most interesting characters on the show and while we understand why Reddington (James Spader) had to dispose of her, it was still a huge loss. At least you could tell Red was devastated about what he had to do.

However, what’s more intriguing from this episode is a conversation between Red and Kaplan outside Little Nikos’ bail bonds office.

“Do you remember what I looked like that night lying in the street, my head torn open, Annie’s body in front of me?” says Kaplan. “You know I don’t know what you looked like, I was away,” responds Red.

So … who’s Annie?

Reddington’s daughter or wife

There’s an on-going theory that we still haven’t learned anything about Reddington’s daughter(s). When his ex-wife Naomi (Mary-Louise Parker) referred to “Jennifer,” she said “my daughter,” not “our daughter.”

The show has basically established that Red went to watch his daughter in “Swan Lake” in 1987, which is too early for that to have been Elizabeth (Megan Boone). So maybe Annie is Red’s daughter? Or maybe she’s his wife. There’s no rule that says Red was only married once and the show has never definitively said that the wife/daughter from Christmas 1990 are Naomi and Jennifer — in fact, we’re fairly certain they’re not.

Maybe Annie was his wife or daughter who died and Mr. Kaplan was somehow connected to Christmas 1990. Liz could have been in their care and somehow escaped the Christmas Eve massacre — and that’s when Red took her to Sam.

Mr. Kaplan’s daughter or wife

It would make more sense that something tragic happened to Kate and her daughter or her partner, and that’s when Little Nikos (Jack Topalian) took her in and set her on her path to work for Reddington. However, this would be fairly anti-climactic since Kaplan is now dead — because when would we get the explanation of who Annie was?

No one of consequence

This would be disappointing, but also seems unlikely. Sure, the writers love to trickle out mystery details, but they also never do anything by accident, so why mention an “Annie” if she isn’t someone we’re going to hear more about?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."