Who’s more likely to find who wearing their clothes?:
Well I do have a personal headcanon that Lizzy stole that thick as fuck hoodie that Red wears when he goes to kill people, and that she will not give it back to him. And also she will sleep in his shirts all the time. Be it an undershirt (so soft) or a really expensive button down (smells just like him), she will take it and sleep in it
(this got super long so more lizzington fluffy goodness under the cut)
So this scarf Elizabeth Keen wore in season 2 stuck out to
me the first time I watched the episode and ever since then I’ve wondered how often, and more importantly when, does Liz wear red-tones on the show.
Does it coincide with where her feelings are at that moment for Raymond “Red”
Reddington, and to some extent Tom? Could TPTB possibly be trying to give us
clues into Liz’s feelings for Red or am I just reading way too much into it? Now
that I am eagerly awaiting Season 4, I thought I’d check into this a bit.
I posted a great 3.5 minute video yesterday that explores
the use of color in movies. There’s no dialog, just cut after-cut of beautiful
clips set to music from a ton of great movies to highlight some general themes
for particular colors seen in movies. It notes one of the meanings of the color
red is passion. (Note: If you are a
fan of Wes Anderson’s films like me, you’ll be happy to see his work is
included. That man is a genius when it comes to creating vivid visual worlds
for his characters to inhabit, but I digress, sorry.) And this article (http://www.color-meanings.com/color-symbolism-in-movies-what-do-colors-mean-in-movies/
) contains a great quote that I found could possibly support my working theory
when I began this little project: “But perhaps, the best example of color
symbolism that depicts transition in movies is seen in the film The Crouching
Tiger Hidden Dragon. Jen, the leading character is always shown in
white; however, once she falls in love, she is shown in red.” Jacob @www.color-meanings.com.
To clarify, I am not suggesting Liz has been in love with Red
since season 1, but I love the idea of color being utilized by filmmakers to
highlight transitions in a character and it would certainly seem to fit with
Lizzy’s character. Her feelings towards Red and Tom the first season where
constantly in flux.
Here is part 1 of my study which evaluates the
use of red color tones in Elizabeth Keen’s wardrobe on The Blacklist. Method: I
watched every scene of every Season 1 episode to review Megan Boone’s costumes,
specifically looking for the color red. I also considered the color burgundy
because it is in the red-tone family. Here are my notes.
Pilot 1.01. Liz wears an olive tee-shirt with a red
apple in the center; the placement of said apple on the shirt is right between
her breasts. (Below is a shot of the tee-shirt, unfortunately Hudson’s head is
covering up the red apple. I couldn’t locate another image to use.)
Six consecutive episodes
without out any red-tone clothing/accessories on Liz. She wears quite a bit of
eggplant & muted purple during these episodes but they are definitely not
burgundy or red.
*Note: In 1.2 The
Freelancer, Liz wears not 1 but 2 black dresses. She also wears a white blouse
under her work suit.
*Note in 1.4 Liz calls
Red a monster after he saves her from The Stewmaker. She is clearly still very guarded
about this man who has been forced into her life.
*Note in 1.6 Gina
Zanetakos, Elizabeth wears black
the entire episode. I found this interesting because it’s the episode where Liz
is told by Red that Tom has a mistress. Black is the traditional color of
mourning, is this foreshadowing the death of her marriage?
*Note: In 1.07
Frederick Barnes, Red gives Lizzy his tip over the phone: “you’re a winter not
an autumn, stop wearing olive.” She is in fact wearing an olive blouse during
General Ludd 1.08. Liz wears a dark burgundy
blouse. Is it coincidental that when she wears a red-tone again, for the first
time since episode 1, it happens the very next episode after Red gives her
color advice? And that at this point in
the season she is beginning to have major doubts about who Tom is and whether
or not they should be adopting a baby?
Anslo Garrick Parts
1&2, 1.09-1.10. No red clothing, she is in all black again. Perhaps because Red’s coming out of the box for
her focuses her attention back to the question of how he is related to her
past? At the end of 1.10 Liz asks Red if he’s her father and he answers “No.” In
other words, she doesn’t wear red when she is questioning that Red may be her
The Good Samaritan 1.11. Liz’s burgundy coat debuts. This episode is the
one right after Red denies being her father.
The Alchemist 1.12. Liz
wears a red blouse and the burgundy coat is repeated.
The Cyprus Agency 1.13. Liz wears
the burgundy coat twice this episode. Also a dark burgundy blouse. At the end
of this episode Liz tells Tom she can’t go through with the adoption.
Madeline Pratt 1.14. Liz wears a multi-colored scarf which is primarily
red-tones. She later wears THE RED DRESS to the embassy ball. Red’s reaction: “Wow.”
The Judge 1.15. Liz wears the burgundy coat again
(4th episode it appears in). Also another deep burgundy blouse.
Mako Tanida 1.16.
No red clothing. Perhaps foreshadowing the trouble that is brewing for her in
the next episode? Note: this episode is
primarily about Ressler; Audrey dies in his arms.
Ivan 1.17. Liz wears a red blouse, then later a
dark burgundy blouse. This is the episode where she uncovers the “Uncle Flippo”
evidence which proves her husband is not who he says he is and that Red was
right all along. Red gives her the music box at the end of the episode.
Milton Bobbit 1.18. Dark
red tank/blouse under her work suit at the beginning of the episode. Carries an
all red rose bouquet during her marriage renewal with Tom.
Brothers 1.19. No red clothing. She wears BLACK the entire episode. This is the episode where the Keen’s
domestic violence happens. At the end of the episode Liz goes to the safe
deposit box and finds photos showing Red entering Sam’s hospital the day Sam
The Kingmaker 1.20.
No red clothing. Tom is gone. Liz confronts Red about Sam’s death. Red confirms
that he killed Sam but she doesn’t give him the opportunity to provide any
context for his actions.
Berlin 1.21 (Part 1).
No red clothing. At the beginning of the episode Liz gives her resignation to
Cooper. Tom captures Red’s man who is
tailing him and it’s implied he kills him. Note:
When Liz goes to the park to warn Red that he’s about to be picked up by the
FBI, she is wearing a white blouse
under her black suit. We haven’t seen a white colored blouse under a work suit
on Liz since episode 1.2 when Elizabeth agrees to work with Red and sets her
ground rules. So Liz is wearing white as he says to her “she kissed me, it was
like a burst of sunlight on my cheek. It was…It made nearly dying well worth
it. That’s how I feel now.”
Berlin 1.22 (Part 2). No
red clothing per say, but she wears the little girl’s bracelet again
from the Pilot. One of the charms is clearly red so I’m counting it. Liz
implies she thinks Red may be her father. He tells her that her father died the
night of the fire. She comes back to work with him again at the end of the
episode, still wearing the bracelet.
10 out of the 22 episodes in Season 1 feature
Liz wearing a garment or accessory that is red and/or burgundy colored.
The season is bookend with a hit of the color
red during both the Pilot (apple on tee-shirt) and the Season Finale (red charm
Pilot there is an absence of red-tones from Liz’s wardrobe for 6 episodes. This
is during the period of time where Liz doesn’t trust Red and still believes in
Tom’s innocence although she’s beginning to find clues that he’s not just a
She wears red and/or burgundy for 5 consecutive
episodes from 1.11-1.15. This is during a period of time when she begins to trust
Red a bit more and they are becoming more accustomed to working together as a
In the last four episodes, when her marriage is
clearly over (and one could argue she is in the beginning stages of mourning),
she wears all dark colored clothing- primarily black.
I would LOVE TO HEAR your thoughts
on this! Do you have a different interpretation for the color choices in Liz’s
I will try to post Part 2 within
the next day or two. If you’ve read this far, thank you!!!
“It’s nice to fall in love on film. I mean it, because as an actor, you’re always seeking out roles that will take you to extremes. If you’re going to play make-believe, why not play make-believe in extreme situations?
The more extreme it is, the more it pulls you out of your pedestrian life. I always think it’s more fun to do something fantastic than something highly realistic.
I’m a very romantic person and I think we’ve been taught to believe that love is something ordinary - that everyone can find it, but I think real love is the rarest thing in the world. I have fallen in love, and I’m lucky for it.
I think in life, people have this confusion about love. We all want to fall in love so badly that we are almost willing to lie to ourselves, to force ourselves into believing that we are in love when we aren’t. It’s too bad, because in so doing, we cheapen it. I don’t think we recognize the depth of the emotion at all. It’s entirely transformative, and we think of it as a blurb on a Hallmark card.
When you’re in love, you can’t control it. It’s when you can’t take charge of what you feel, when you are completely powerless in the face of the emotion. When it happens, it happens in spite of you.”
Episode 03 x 18 - Lizzington and Epic Reunion Coming Up
This was indeed a heart-breaking episode but keep the faith! I think Lizzie’s death was a fake one. And I will get into that as we go along. There was lots of Lizzington here too, more than ever. And we definitely want to go into that too. Well maybe well start with that first.
Okay so Lizzie was extremely bitchy at Red throughout most of this episode. She was definitely blaming him for all her problems. People take stuff out on the ones they love the most and that is what Lizzie was doing. The worst part was when she told Red to get out and leave. He was so hurt. And he started to leave - but that’s when she started to crash. He peeks in to the ER room and she beckons him to her. She grabs his hand and apologizes for kicking him out.
She knows he was only doing what was best for her. And he wouldn’t hear of it. He tells her it’s the children whom the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.. She said she didn’t want her daughter to experience that. He said he was talking about her.
And now comes the most incredible thing. She calls him Raymond. She has never, ever done that before. Raymond is so much more intimate than “Red”. And she tells him “I do love….” and then passes out.
Here is what one of the Blacklist Writers said on this line
Lizzie told Raymond she loved him. She said it first, not him. That was incredible. His initial reaction was one of hope. He had longed for her to say that to him.
He then sets her hand down and gives her one final look.
While we are here let’s put DaddyGate to bed forever. Producer Kat Goodson re-tweeted this gem originally tweeted out by Daniel Cerone who wrote this episode.
Also this one. Paternal love does not have a “worth it” component
Back to the story. The final scene in the ambulance killed me. Red begging Lizzie not to die.
And Red kissing Lizzie in the ambulance was one of the most loving and intimate things I have seen. First her hands:
And then her face:
Poor Red at the end can not even stand and collapses into the car. He totally broke my heart.
But this is not the end, just can’t be.
“There was a woman I loved. She was my life” Red in Global Promo for next week.
Moving on to why I don’t think Lizzie died. It all revolves around Mr. Kaplan.
Mr. Kaplan is forming a plan. So she speaks with Nick and says “It’s a risk to all of us, but it’s possible, right?” Then Red walks in asks “What is possible?” and Nick changes the subject to talk about Lizzie’s
- which is only a risk to her, not “all”.
Then later Mr. Kaplan interrupts Red who was taking his frustrations out on Dembe: “Stop
it Raymond… she’s been telling you for months that you’re a danger to her baby.
This is on you, Raymond, nobody else. You were wrong to make her believe you
could keep her safe. You made us all believe”.
This was key. Mr. Kaplan at this point is determined to take matters into her own hands. She and Red are super close and she knows she has to do whatever she has to keep Lizzie safe - because Red couldn’t do it. His connection and emotions with Lizzie are too strong. And at this point she knows she has to hurt Red to do it. But she will take this burden.
I believe one reason Mr. Kaplan was crying as Lizzie was giving birth is she knew she was going to have to hurt Red and she also knew she had to separate Lizzie and the baby.
When Red asks Lizzie to see the baby, she gets mad and kicks him out. Mr. Kaplan asks Red to leave and says she wants to talk to Lizzie privately. She speaks with Lizzie. Tom was there too but I don’t know if he was part of the conversation as Mr. Kaplan was leaning close to Lizzie.
Mr. Kaplan has a plan in place to fake Lizzie’s death. To pull this off she had to get everyone to believe that Lizzie died, including Red. That was the only way to keep Lizzie safe because if Red believed it, then everyone would believe including whoever was after Lizzie.
And Red needs to be able to deal with Solomon’s team and whoever else is involved while Lizzie is hidden away safely.
When Lizzie dies, Nick had to call her time of death. Of course he is in on the plan with Mr. Kaplan. Look how he calmly turns around to look back at the ambulance after he pronounced Lizzie dead. He seemed very upset just a few seconds before while in front of Red:
Mr. Kaplan takes charge of the body immediately after Lizzie “died”. She knew Red would ask her to. He told her to take care of everything. She knows him so well.
Anyway, she takes a long look at Lizzie on the gurney before zipping up the bag and loading Lizzie into her van.. Mr. Kaplan has it all covered.
So what other clues do we have that Lizzie didn’t really die?
James Spader’s interview with EW for one. Notice the very careful wording here (a very wordy answer to a simple question):
Yes Red thinks Elizabeth Keen is dead. And you know what? She is. Because Lizzie is going to come back as a different person ( Masha Rostova). Look at the quote below from Megan Boone in an interview several months ago:
Megan Boone: “I think in the future you’ll start to see less and less change in her physical appearance, as she starts to mature into who she’s ultimately supposed to become.”
I found the above statement somewhat curious when I first read it. But now it makes perfect sense.
What other clues do we have? Well Megan Boone did not tweet anything about saying goodbye.. You would think she would say goodbye to the cast and her fans. Same thing the other way around - the cast did not officially say goodbye to Megan. And even if they do at this late date - I wouldn’t believe it.
In addition we have the following tweets from the writer of this episode:
There is a plan for Red and Lizzie. And killing a member of that pair off does not make any sense in light of his above statement. But he can’t comment officially about whether Lizzie is really dead or not.
And we have this quote from TVGuide:
There remains a lot of unanswered questions, including as to why Elizabeth’s death happened off-screen. But, perhaps more interesting is that, according to a report in TVLine, NBC isn’t commenting on the news. Instead, the report speculates Liz’s “death” is actually a way to conveniently write Boone out of the series while she’s on maternity leave.
Nothing about the end of the episode felt definitive, and the “death” did happen during a commercial break, so there is reason yet to remain hopeful.
Bottom line, Lizzie is not really dead.
And I just want to say this. When Red finds out that Elizabeth is not dead there will be an incredible reunion. Can you imagine? Now that he knows that she does indeed love him now he can be honest with her. They can finally finish their incomplete love sentences.
You know why I think it was done this way? As a way to get the audience comfortable with a Red and Lizzie romance. I was on one of The Blacklist Facebook pages last night and people were commenting “did Lizzie just tell Red she loves him”? So now they are getting used to it - except for the hardliners who will probably never get there. So by the time Red finds Lizzie alive, well they will know what is going to happen.