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“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.”

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.


@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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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.”

Gif Credit: Reddington

A Teaser For Now... ‘Imposter Theory’ Update... Kinda.

So I’ve been PM’ed quite a few times in the past week or so asking when an update would be coming for the ‘Imposter Theory’ and just wanted to let you all know that after a much needed real world vacation, I’m back at it. It’ll probably take me a week or so to do the final update through the end of season 4, but until then… here’s a little teaser from ‘Philomena.’

When Cooper sends Lizzie with Red as his babysitter, partner - handler? lol - when he goes to see a man who hired Philomena for her services, the man asks Red politely, “I’m sorry, do I know you?”

Red obviously doesn’t know the man, and makes up a story, telling him that his name is Howard Klein and that they met at a party that they both attended. Everything seems fine and dandy til Red brings up the name Philomena. At this point, the man becomes nervous, senses that Red is not who he says he is, sends his son out of the room, and angrily asks Red again, “Who the hell are you?!”

At this point, RED DOES NOT ANSWER. He instead sidesteps the entire question and goes right back into the inquiring of Philomena.

Now this is important. First of all, this is not the first time that Red has been asked by someone as to who he is. Natalie Luca did the same thing at the end of the episode when Red went to see her while she was in quarantine again…

Natalie Luca asks him point blank who he was, and Red again completely ignored her question and goes into empathizing with her about losing someone you love.

Secondly, the fact that Red didn’t answer the man in ‘Philomena’ was probably due to the fact that Lizzie was with him

And we know what Red does NOT do to Lizzie - lie to her.

And while technically he wouldn’t have been lying to Lizzie but instead the man in front of him, I think it is extremely telling that he chose not to answer the seemingly simple question at all while in the presence of Lizzie.

And I say all this to say this - LIZZIE HAS NEVER ASKED RED TO HIS FACE IF HE IS INDEED THE REAL RAYMOND REDDINGTON. She just assumes he is… and Red simply doesn’t correct her.

So the fact that Red chose not to tell the man that he was supposedly Raymond Reddington while he was in the presence of Lizzie is, at least in my opinion, just more evidence that OUR Red is not the real Raymond Reddington.

Okay… back to the rest of the end of season 4 rewatch so I can finish the ‘Imposter Theory’ update. Thanks again for all the interest and words of encouragement for this monster project!!!

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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