It’s already well-known and well-established that the suitcase mystery is at the heart of The Blacklist season 5 premiering this fall. Tom Keen is now in possession of information that, in one form or another, could devastate the relationship between Raymond Reddington and Elizabeth Keen. He was fine having her know the truth about her paternity, but he was far more concerned about the contents of this mysterious item.
We’ve spent a lot of time this summer already cycling through some of our theories (you can read one of them here); for the sake of this article, though, we want to look more into what one of the powers-that-be at the NBC show thinks about the situation that is coming up. In speaking (per TV Guide), show creator Jon Bokenkamp details that Reddington is trying to keep something very specific at bay, and it’s a mystery that goes all the way back to the show’s pilot:
“The contents of that suitcase represent a much larger mystery that Red is trying to wrangle in, something that he’s actually proactively trying to hide … We’ve answered this paternity question, but at the same time, we realize that that’s not why Red entered her life. … There is something much larger at play here, and it’s going to cause Reddington problems.”
We do feel as though one of the show’s central conceits has always been the idea that Liz, in the mind of Reddington, was special and that she offered up something that he could not get any other way. Maybe it is access to the FBI, or maybe it’s some other connection that has not been revealed as of yet. If Liz turns out to be a pawn more so than an asset, this could sever the bond that they have.
One other fantastic tease from the TV Guide story is that the show is going to appreciate the opportunity to see a Reddington separated from a criminal empire, something that Mr. Kaplan did effectively take from him:
“Whether it’s relationships or financial resources, he is really starting over. What’s fun about it is that, he relishes the opportunity to start over. He’s not down and out and bummed. … Reddington’s kind of hanging out at the pool having a grand time, deciding what he wants to do next.”
Our main cause for excitement here is the chance to see a very different performance from James Spader, as Reddington doesn’t have to be full-on at first anymore. He could be a little more relaxed and settled, even if you know that it’s not something destined to last with him given that he is not a character who excels at leaving well enough alone. There is always a next level with him, and with that always another gear.
What do you want to see when it comes to both the suitcase mystery and beyond on The Blacklist season 5? Be sure to share in the comments below! (Photo: NBC.)
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