The Blacklist season 8 episode 17 spoilers: The ‘Ivan Stepanov’ hour

The BlacklistNext week on The Blacklistprepare yourself for season 8 episode 17 — odds are, this one is going to be intriguing. How can it not be based on how tonight ended?

As so many of you just saw from the ending of “Nicholas Obenrader,” Reddington’s “Friend from the East” has been captured! Through most of this season, we’ve gotten a pretty clear sense of how important and dangerous this man is.

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Oh, and we also know this: His name is Ivan Stepanov, which just so happens to also be the title character for the next new episode. Below, The Blacklist season 8 episode 17 synopsis has some more information as to what lies ahead:

05/14/2021 (08:00PM – 09:00PM) (Friday) : Red tries desperately to rescue an old friend at all costs, while Liz and Townsend conduct an interrogation. TV-14

Can Reddington rescue him, and how “friendly” really are they? That’s long been a key question. They’ve clearly been working on something together for the past thirty years, though it is not altogether clear what that something is as of yet. Our hope is that it’s not quite what it seems, since we refuse to accept the possibility of Raymond Reddington being some sort of secret Russian agent. It’s far more interesting if he’s a double-agent or something to that degree working towards an important end.

Based on the aforementioned synopsis, it’s fair to guess that Liz will be working with Townsend in his interrogation, which certainly isn’t good news for Ivan. Yet, we have a hard time thinking that this guy is going to be easy to break. He’s been acting within this world for a LONG time and with that in mind, he’s not going to be an easy metaphorical nut to crack.

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