The Cabal was never the big bad enemy for the whole show. The Cabal is one part of what happened way back when. But they only became an issue again because Red turned himself in. And they weren’t the reason he did so.
“My reasons have nothing to do with you.”
Red kept tabs on them, but I genuinely don’t think he was after them. He had secured a detente. The Cabal came after Red again because Fitch died. And then they just used Masha.
Laurel wasn’t interested in ruffling Reddington’s feathers. Peter had his own little bone to pick. Solomon’s bosses were ticked at the release of the Fulcrum. Red knew that if he turned up the heat the Cabal would turn on Peter.
Now Red has a seat at the table. The Cabal could be a useful ally. And as someone else pointed out to me, I wonder if what happened with Laurel will have any ramifications for Red on that front.
Supernatural is basically that friend that keeps letting you down but every now and then is cool to hang out with and really helped you out at one point so you cant unfriend them without feeling like you’re the asshole