The Impostor!Red Theory is basically confirmed

All props to @eaglechica19 for her original theory. Go check it out. (PS - don’t open this up on mobile; it will crash the app.)

Along with @reddybear56, I too believe in the Impostor!Red theory more than ever, thanks to last night’s finale. This is the only way to reconcile the inconsistencies that Raymond Reddington is Liz’s dad but our Red is not, and has never lied to her. I think more stuff in S4 only further confirmed this.

(To clarify, when I say ‘Raymond Reddington,’ I mean Liz’s biological father who died the Night of the Fire; and ‘our Red’ means James Spader’s character who was introduced to us in the pilot episode.) 

Operating under the assumptions (as TPTB said multiple times) that Red never lies to Liz and that the Liz-Paternity question was answered in last night’s episode, this can only mean that our Red is an impostor.

Unless the DNA test was tampered with, or the sample from the shirt belonged to someone else, that’s the only way both of the aforementioned ‘assumptions,’ which TPTB have confirmed, can be true.

If I may, @eaglechica19, summarize your original theory just so I can write it out, streamlined, in front of me. Perhaps this will help other people too. Really, I think a lot of confirmation for the theory came from S4c.

(Again: Raymond Reddington = character before the Night of the Fire; and our Red = James Spader’s character)

  • According to Kaplan’s memories and Katarina’s diary, Katarina had an affair with an American named Raymond Reddington
  • In Kaplan’s flashbacks, we see Katarina having sex with Raymond Reddington in a car (or at least, that’s who she tells us it is), and we get a quick glimpse of him; he appears to be played by a different actor and not James Spader. However, when Kaplan meets “Raymond Reddington” later in the shadows – which, chronologically, was maybe a year after the Night of the Fire – he IS played by James Spader 
  • Again, in Kaplan’s flashbacks, we find out that Raymond Reddington believes Liz/Masha is his kid and abducts her, forcing Katarina to follow him to America, leading to the famous Night of the Fire
  • In Liz’s flashbacks in 2x10, we hear her mother arguing with “Raymond” about Liz/Masha and the Fulcrum
  • Thanks to Liz’s memories and Red’s scars, we know that our Red was there the Night of the Fire; Red’s conversation with Ghost!Katarina confirms that he chose to save Masha rather than Katarina, confirming that, at the very least, he was in their lives at this point in time
  • In the S2 finale, Liz remembers shooting and killing her father when he and her mother argued the Night of the Fire; Red confirms that her father is dead and, per TPTB, Red does not lie to Liz
  • Based on all this evidence, we know FOR SURE of four people who were there the night of the fire: Liz’s biological father, who is Raymond Reddington according to the DNA test; Katarina; Liz/Masha; and our Red. Liz’s father died from the gunshot wound and his body was likely still in the house when it burned down.
  • Kirk is like super-convinced that “Raymond Reddington” had a thing with/for Katarina; once Kirk finds out he himself is not Liz’s/Masha’s father, he automatically wonders whether “Raymond Reddington” is
  • The real Raymond Reddington being Liz/Masha’s dead father, yet our Red being alive only makes sense under the Impostor!Red theory

Again, all props to @eaglechica19 for her very hard work on this theory, and all the additions she’s made in these past few episodes.

Unless the writers have lied to us, or have changed their minds, this is the only thing that makes sense.

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the blacklist // aesthetics: raymond “i’m not perfect” reddington

“If you really want her to talk, I should meet with her.”
“Every time you “meet”, someone ends up dead.”
“We’ve gotten off to a rocky start.”
“You’ve killed three people.”
“I’m not perfect.”

IS LEONARD CAUL THE MEMORY SNATCHER? (AND OTHER FUN THEORIES FROM 4.19)

@redandlizzie this is for you ;-)

Okay, so pure speculation here, but I wanted to look at this Dr. Krilov guy a little closer and theorize about the bombshell he dropped last night - that he supposedly treated Lizzie a second time two years ago and erased another memory of hers… 

Also, were we given the final clue as to who was actually fighting with Lizzie’s bio dad when she shot her father the night of the fire? 

Time to go down the rabbit hole again folks :)

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TBL: Retconned Kaplan

There is a subject of contention among The Blacklist fanbase – Kaplan’s ‘turning’ against Red b/c of her affection for Liz (because she was once her nanny). I would like to argue that the whole thing is definitely a retcon.

A very long meta below the jump.

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Imagine being an FBI agent working under Cooper and developing a crush on Reddington.

It was horribly embarrassing to know that you had fallen for Reddington. It was utterly unprofessional. He was a con man. He was a liar, a thief, and a cold-blooded killer.

But he was also charming and intelligent and, on occasion, even kind. You had seen him be sweet and gentle and sad. You had no way of knowing whether or not it was part of his act. It was why you went so far out of your way to avoid him.

The uncertainty was always there in the back of your mind, and the humiliation that you might have fallen for his tricks too. But there were moments when contact became unavoidable. You were certain he could see right through you.

The worst happened when Cooper assigned you to an undercover operation with Reddington. It was already a struggle to keep yourself professional around him, nevermind when you were pretending to be a couple. Reddington seemed to have no qualms about it, easily hooking his arm around your waist or pressing a kiss into your hair.

“Come along, darling, we should be getting back to our hotel,” he advised, his thumb rubbing circles on your hip. The contact had your stomach doing flips. It didn’t help that you both had consumed a few glasses of wine to keep up your guise. You were terrified that you’d slip up. Keeping your cover among terrorists wasn’t what had you so anxious. It was keeping your cool around Reddington that you were worried about.

Reddington’s lips brushed your ear and you could smell the hint of wine still on his breath. “At least try to look like you’re enjoying yourself, darling. Relax.”

You shivered and he chuckled lowly, his grip on your waist tightening imperceptibly. “Don’t worry, [f/n]. I prefer that slight curve at the small of the back, the swell of a breast, the soft nape of the neck to quicken my heartbeat. I promise I’ll stay in control of myself. I am nothing if not a gentleman.”

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THEORY: DID RED STAGE LIZZIE’S KIDNAPPING FROM THE SUMMER PALACE AS A CHILD?

AND IS HER TRUE MEMORY OF THE FIGHT THE NIGHT OF THE FIRE ACTUALLY BETWEEN RED AND HER FATHER, AND NOT BETWEEN HER PARENTS, AS WE’VE BEEN LED TO BELIEVE?… 

(THUS MAKING RED PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF LIZZIE’S PARENTS AND FORCING HIM TO TAKE ON HER DEAD FATHER’S IDENTITY TO PROTECT HER?)

For the last few seasons I have been trying to figure out exactly who kidnapped Lizzie as a child and took her to the United States. I have always gone back and forth between thinking it was Red who took her from Katerina and the idea that it was her father who took her. But after learning the story of Hans Van Houser in last week’s episode, I have come to believe that they were both somehow part of the abduction.

This theory, like all of my other ones, is based on information from Red himself, stories from side characters connected to Red, as well as from various Blacklister plots that parallel the overall myth arc of the series.

If you’re interested in my ramblings, please continue reading and like always, if you can dispute it, or have questions, or something to add, please don’t hesitate to join the discussion!

Fair warning again… this may crash your tumblr phone app, so I advice opening it on a tablet or computer…

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“Lately, I find the truth has become so elusive, often imaginary. But, in the end, it’s all that we’re left with, isn’t it? What is real, what you can taste and touch and feel. The words that pass between us as we look each other in the eye are all we have to hold onto. The truth. I hold it dear.