Is The Blacklist getting Presidential? We’re not sure that Washington politics are about to become a huge part of the NBC show; yet, they could be integral to season 6 episode 12. As for the reason why, that’s not too hard to figure out — at least if you’re caught up on where the show is at the moment.
At the end of Friday’s new episode (you can read our review over here), Reddington was sentenced to death via lethal injection — he accepted this fate from the jury, but only because he was banking on an escape. That didn’t happen. It now feels like he’s running low on options and doesn’t have any place left to turn … or does he? While the jury delivered the verdict, there are still those out there who could save him. We even discuss that in the video below (subscribe to CarterMatt on YouTube so you don’t miss our weekly Blacklist videos, and be sure to check out our official playlist) — they never mention the President by name, but they are one of the few people who could pardon Reddington for the sake of “the greater good,” which is allowing him to take down other bad people en masse. Within the world of The Blacklist, having multiple bad people behind bars is better than one bad Reddington roaming free.
If Reddington does want to save his life he’s going to need to rely on more than just Liz. The Blacklist season 6 episode 12 synopsis that we have for you below indicates as much:
03/22/2019 (09:00PM – 10:00PM) (Friday) : Cooper (Harry Lennix) puts his reputation on the line to appeal to the White House on Red’s (James Spader) behalf, as Liz (Megan Boone) and the Task Force resume their search for The Corsican (guest star Christopher Lambert), a Blacklister with ties to an international conspiracy. Meanwhile, Samar’s (Mozhan Marno) abilities in the field are tested. Jennifer Ferrin and Benito Martinez also guest star. TV-14 D, L, V
This episode is entitled “Bastien Moreau: Conclusion,” which explains why The Corsican is still running around and likely being awful. (While all Blacklisters are awful in general, Moreau is in our own personal top ten of just purely despicable dudes.!) Moreau is really just a distraction at this point for the greater goal, which is making sure that Reddington doesn’t get killed off and ends up getting out of prison. The President has the power — whether or not they have the interest to do anything about this is an entirely different story. There’s another fascinating sliding-doors scenario here where Cooper is thought of as insane and absurd for even suggesting the President help Reddington out, and then ends up spending the remainder of the season standing in an unemployment line (or forming some sort of alternate-universe task force with no rules, which actually sounds rather awesome).
Finally, a test for Samar
Is this when some of the aftereffects of her injuries last year are going to be clear? This storyline has been lingering in subtext and in quiet moments; now, the time feels right for it to be put in the forefront. Mozhan deserves the opportunity to play out this story, and we also want to see some beautiful stuff between her and Aram as they work through this together. We feel like she’s largely kept this a secret out of insecurity. She’s spent the better part of her life being the strongest agent in the room; seeing that change for her has to feel disheartening.
For more news on “Bastien Moreau” (part 1)…
Check out the story over here, and let us know if you think the President could pardon Reddington in the comments! (Photo: NBC.)