White Bear and the Rarity of Elizabeth Keen


According to this screencap of the newest Sky promo posted at Lizzington Shippers by selinabln, Liz is codenamed by Red or whoever is surveilling her as White Bear.

White Bears are real. They are not an albino variant of the North American Black Bear, nor are they Polar Bears, rather they are a naturally occurring rare species of bear that still roams the lush wilderness of British Columbia and other areas of the Pacific Northwest. They are also known as Spirit Bears, the Kermode Bear or the Sacred White Bear, and their population is no more than 400. They also have a long storied mythology among the indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, mostly the Kitasoo and T’simshian people. 

According to science: White Bears are smarter and better hunters. They have evolved truly as an example of survival of the fittest, and though their numbers are small, they are resilient, intelligent and hardy.  They have survived against all odds. 

According to mythology: Multiple legends and creation myths in early American literature recount that White Bears were created to remind all people and animals of the hardships and devastation of the Ice Age, that their appearance was to be a mark or a sign to others. White Bears were the first and greatest creation of the Earthmaker and were sent into the primeval earth to stabilize it. White Bears are also the source of all knowledge and inspiration.  Among the Cherokee, wounded bears go to White Bears for healing.

In other words, they are special.  So is Liz.  To borrow a line from Red, “very special.” 





Do you have an answer for why people like this kind of show?

J.B.: I know what I like about it. I think it’s–I like the bigger mysteries, I like having questions larger than just one episode…One thing that’s fun about the show is that each week it lets us go into a different world, whether it’s counterfeiting or a serial killer or international espionage—we do have the liberty to dip into different times of crime in a way that maybe some other shows can’t.

J.E.: As dark as the show is, and as violent as you correctly pointed out that it is, it’s still enjoyable in many ways because it is a fantasy, a wish-fulfillment show…[Red’s] a completely fantastical character who you won’t get to hang out with in real life…He’s incredibly enjoyable—he does dark things, but he does it in a light way…And I do think there is the very universal story at the core of it, which is this father-daughter, surrogate father-daughter, but familiar relationship that is relatable—and yet it’s totally fantastical.

-THANK YOU! Lovers-nooooo,never! 

Last season, The Blacklist ended with many unresolved questions and introduced several new mysteries to be unraveled in season 2. This summer, I sat down with the show’s executive producer, John Eisendrath, to find out the scoop on whether the truth about Liz and Red’s relationship will be revealed, the mystery about Berlin, his daughter and the Stewmaker, and Tom’s disappearance. …

So Liz is presumed to be 30ish…Let’s start the fire/timeline debacle. 

EP John Eisendrath on Liz's Journey, Red's Burn Scars and Tom's Disappearance

Q: Will questions about Red’s burns and his relationship with Liz be definitively answered in season 2? Or will you be giving out crumbs throughout the season?

You know, it’s funny. In episode 9 last year, she said to him on the phone, “Are you my father?” And, he was like, “No.” When we were debating in the writing of that, should he do that, oh, my God, he’s answering and people will be like, “That’s it.” And we left it in.

And, the minute that episode aired, anyone I talked to said, “Oh, he’s lying. That can’t possibly be the truth.” So the question of whether we’re going to answer something definitively, I think everybody’s smart enough who watches the show to know the answer’s no. I do think it’s our obligation to give concrete answers like we did there. And if we’re going to give concrete reversals like the burn scars, we do owe answers to what does that mean. Fire and what’s the bear? Did they come from somewhere else? Or how do we respond to that?

So we will be dealing with it, but I’m curious what you think because we are in our own universe just trying to write the show and we’re guessing sometimes. Are people tired of hearing about father-daughter questions? Do they want to hear about other things? Should we avoid it for a while? We don’t know sometimes. We’ll answer some. We’re dealing with it. I just don’t know if it will satisfy.

Q: There seems to be two sets of fans. Those who 100% believe that Red is her father and then those who believe if you follow the clues, he’s definitely not her father.

I love that. I think that hopefully we have a few tricks up our sleeves this year that will keep the debate going. And the trick is to keep the debate going while letting the characters be honest. It can’t just be Red crassly manipulating Liz’s feelings about who her father is because that would be hateful. We will hopefully keeping the debate going.

Q: Liz is in the FBI and when Red was brought in, there would likely have been a DNA test done that would have resolved the question almost immediately. Have you thought about addressing that in the series?

We have. We have thought about addressing that both last year and in the upcoming episodes. We do know that’s a question that would naturally come up. One answer that we have rationalized for not doing it yet is that maybe deep down, Liz doesn’t want to know. That may not be an excuse for not talking about it on the show and I think we do this year owe a discussion about well why not just get a DNA test.

I do think that this year part of the season will be about Liz trying to wrestle with the emotional weight of, “If the devil is my father, what does that make me? Who am I? Am I someone who is destined to be the devil’s disciple? Am I more bad than good?”

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I know they framed the episode so that it looked like Red setup Gina to make Tom look suspicious, but now that we know Tom is not Mr. Perfect Husband, could there have been some truth in Red’s words? Might Gina have something to do with Tom disappearing?

"Gina Zanetakos is a corporate terrorist. And frankly, she’s the best of the bunch. Lizzy, if you want to find the truth about your husband, then you need to find Gina."
"Why? Does she know Tom?"
“Because she’s Tom’s lover.”

"Zanetakos confessed."
"Or took the fall."
"The passports? Forged. The money in the box? Traced to an offshore account of yours."
"I can only lead you to the truth. I can’t make you believe it."
"The truth is that you’re a sick, twisted man. This, your obsession with me. You put Tom’s picture in Zanetakos’ apartment."
"You hired her to kill Victor Fokin. You set my husband up by having your errand boy lure him to Boston."
"Is that what Tom said?"
“I don’t understand why you would do this, any of it! Go to hell.”

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Diego Klattenhoff and Megan Boone spoke about working with James Spader, researching the role of FBI agents and how their characters are likely to evolve during the second season.