Within the span of an hour I received 12 (TWELVE!) anons about the preview. All expressing some sort of concern about Olicity reuniting in this season. Disregarding anything I’ve posted about it previously. I answered this question. Repeatedly.
I don’t know what else you guys need me to do.
I’ve said this so many times I feel like a broken record, but here goes. One more time for the books. The show doesn’t concern me. The narrative paints a clear picture. The interviews don’t worry me. They’re constructed to make us doubt and wonder (and they do a good job with some of you). Getting piled with twelve anons in an hour all asking the same question (more or less), however, makes me wonder what I’m even doing here.
No one listens to what I say. They want me to answer their specific question, even if I’ve answered so many others that are worded rather similarly. My previous ”yes, I believe they reunite in s5″ response is constantly called into question.
“What about now?”
“Do you still think this?”
“How about now?”
Yes, I still do. No amount of anons in my inbox is going to make me think otherwise. However, the constant barrage does steal what enjoyment I’m getting out of this. I can’t sit and go “yes, it’s all finally happening” without someone in my ear “do you still think they reunite??”
I understand some of you need more reassurance. Believe me, I got the memo. And I don’t want to belittle that need. I understand why people are worried. What I do not understand is why no one takes me at my word. Why I am continually asked this same question over and over and over and over? Can’t you read my blog, look at my previous responses and say, “okay, I guess she still believes”?
I’m gonna guess the answer is no so I’m turning off anon. I just want to enjoy these last two eps. I’ve been patient and waited a long time for them.
I wish the Ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world, Frodo, besides the will of evil.
I’ve seen folks writing about why they ship who they do and I think it’s great. Doesn’t matter if we agree or not, we should only ship who is in our hearts. So I will tell you my story and hope you find some value in it.
First of all anyone that knows me or reads my blog (iloveredmorethanever) knows that I strongly believe in Lizzington and I always look for a positive take on things. I think some folks like to read my stuff because I am never negative about my ship. I almost feel kind of like it’s my responsibility to keep the faith for all, to help you get back up if you are feeling negative, and to try to get you to re-look at things again in a more positive way. And I enjoy doing that.
I first started watching The Blacklist on Netflix a little over a year ago. I was hooked from the very first show - from where Red kneels down on the FBI logo with his hands behind his head. What an awesome opening!
Now to be honest, I did not pay close attention to the Red and Lizzie dynamic when I first started watching The Blacklist. And I had first thought Red was Lizzie’s father, especially after he killed Sam. But then I started to notice things - like the Cigar Bar scene in The Kingmaker that made me go - uhhh I don’t think so. So I decided I better re-watch Season 1 and see what the heck is going on. And this is what I found starting with the way Red looked at Lizzie when she first walked down the stairs:
Regardless of how Red knew Lizzie when she was a little girl he did not raise her or have contact with her. Red left her with Sam and did not see her again in person until about 20 years later. When he sees Lizzie walk down the steps during the pilot episode he sees her for what she is now - a beautiful young woman. She is not that little girl from his distant memories.
The way Red said “Oh I think you’re very special” to Lizzie was kind of erotic. And she was taken aback. I found the original pilot script where the script calls for Red to say this in a weirdly erotic way. You can read that analysis HERE. It also includes the clue in the crossword puzzle Red was working on when Lizzie stabbed him in the neck - YouHadMeAtHello
The next episode was The Freelancer. And here is where Red started to get super flirty with Lizzie especially when they went out to dinner. He tried to impress her by ordering French cocktails, he kept asking about her job, and then he lowered his voice and whispered - “Tell me my profile” in his sexy Spader voice. And Lizzie flirtatiously whispered back - “Why would I do that” and Red started beaming.
Also Red always likes to touch Lizzie. In the Wujing episode for example, he kept rubbing his thumb against her back even well after she got the message that Red wanted to know where she was at with the encryption signal.
Also Red just says stuff that would be inappropriate to say to a daughter or niece. For example he talked to her about the G-Spot and Deep Throat and even more telling, the stories he tells Lizzie sometimes include some of his sexual escapades with past women, especially the quirky ones.
In addition several of the Blacklisters we meet - many of whom have known Red a long time - refer to Lizzie as his girlfriend or equivalent:
Anslo Garrick - Have to admit Red I never thought you
would come out of the box. Then her. She
was unexpected. The old boy still has
got the touch.
Madeline Pratt – Tell me about her. How did you pick her?
Red – Fate. Madeline – She’s a little
young for you. Red – Ya think?
Berlin - Until one day I made a connection. Elizabeth Keen.
That’s why we’re sitting here today. Because of Keen. I know you care for her
as much as you care for your wife
Luther Braxton - Well, you better hurry. ‘Cause your
girlfriend, the princess, she’s got the answers in her head that I’m looking
What is the deal with you two anyways? It’s what everybody wants to know. Some say it’s a daddy/daughter thing. Others swear it’s May-September. I prefer to believe it’s a little of both. (What is funny here is that Solomon is speaking for many fans who wonder the same thing. The Blacklist does like to play both sides.)
So what else? Red describes the art of negotiation to Lizzie as a tango - with a focus on seduction and sex
Many of the key Red and Lizzie scenes contained music with romantic undertones - for example “Wicked Games” played during this scene in The Courier
And “Sweetheart What Have You Done to Us” played after Lizzie confronted Red about killing Sam in The Kingmaker:
Also the romantic trope of getting down on your knees before the one you love:
So let’s get to it now. The way Red looks at Lizzie… At times he is looking at her body, checking her out:
And sometimes just the way he looks at her in general:
And the way she looks at him:
And the way he lusted for her to the point he was speechless
when he first saw her blonde:
And then of course Lizzie’s sex scene dream about Red approaching her in bed. I also included Executive Producer Jon Bokenkamp’s tweet on this scene:
In addition, the way Red teased Lizzie in the Cigar Bar buy playing his tongue against the tip of the cigar to get a reaction out of her - and he sure did. Full discussion of this scene in The KingmakerHERE
The way Red runs his hand up the inside of Lizzie’s leg before he grabs her hand in Episode 02 x 22, Tom Connolly.
So now we come to a key scene early in season 3 - Marvin Gerard. Red is going to be a little more direct in telling Lizzie how he feels about her, i.e. he is not going to use a metaphor like in the ‘hideous fish” scene. Well at least he attempts to tell her:
But then he is filled with so much emotion he can’t finish his sentence and smiles at her instead:
But then Red takes another sip of brandy (or whatever they are drinking) and leads her outside and this time does not leave Lizzie (or us) hanging:
Alright Red! Now we are getting somewhere. And notice the way their hugs are getting more intense as we progress over time:
And the sensual kiss on the cheek where Red tilted his head hoping Lizzie would meet his lips instead:
Also Red is showing his feelings more even after The Director episode 03 x 10. He sounded like a love-sick puppy when he told Lizzie “He missed her” when she found him in her apartment in Episode 03 x 12. He showed jealously when Lizzie told him that she and Tom would be raising the baby in Episode 03 x 16. And we know from the clip that played on the Jimmy Fallon show for Episode 03 x 17 that Red is begging Lizzie not to marry Tom, close to tears really. So yes there is real emotion brimming up here that will come to a head soon all of which make me think that Lizzington will eventually happen.
So what else makes me want to ship Lizzington? How about some of the comments by Megan and James:
Megan Boone said during an interview after Season 1 that she thought The Blacklist was a love story, and the person she thought Lizzie would end up with is Red. You can see the video HERE.
James Spader has said during interviews that whatever the past relationship is between Elizabeth Keen and Raymond Reddington, it is NOT the most significant question to be answered. Because really what the show is about is the relationship - and it creeps up on you - but what is the nature of their relationship NOW and what it will be building over the next few years. The most compelling relationship is, in fact, what it’s turning into.
And let’s be honest. I just enjoy seeing these two on screen together. They have a great chemistry on the set. And one of the things James Spader is known for is picking out projects with sexual undertones so I hope this one comes to fruition too.
Those are just a few of the reasons of why I ship Red and Lizzie. I am not trying to convince anyone else to feel the same way I do, I am just trying to show why I feel the way I do. Hope you enjoyed this blog. Reblog or add to this post if you think it is worthy or it resonates with you. Thanks for reading.
What if the excitement between two people disappears after being a year of the relationship? Is that a wrong thing?
Well, the only reason why the excitement disperses is if you let it.
My partner and I talk about it all the time- What if the love feels stagnant after awhile? What if we become complacent and we no longer feel that spark, that excitement? His response was simply this:
“I will never let that happen. The only way the excitement will fade is if I keep thinking that it will, which in our case it won’t. It’s all about how willing you are, and how your mind works.”
It’s all about faith. You can’t help but feel comfortable after being in a relationship for a year, perhaps even two (or more), but the only reason why you begin to feel like there’s no more excitement is if you tell yourself it’s no longer there.
When you speak it, it becomes a reality. It also takes two to make a strong relationship work. Of course there will be bumps in the road, and I’m not saying it’s going to be easy, but If you try, if you really tell yourself every time you see your lover it’s as if it’s your first time dating them, then I don’t see how you can lose that excitement.
This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another.