The Blacklist finally confirms Red’s relationship to Liz

Warning: This story contains major spoilers from the season finale of The Blacklist. Read at your own risk.

After four seasons of wondering, The Blacklist season finale confirmed what — let’s be honest — most fans have suspected from the beginning about Raymond Reddington’s (James Spader) relation to Liz Keen (Megan Boone): He’s her father!

During the finale, Cooper (Harry Lennix) decided to settle the debate once and for all by using a blood sample locked up in evidence from a mission decades prior that Red worked before turning into a criminal mastermind. The blood test confirmed that Raymond Reddington is, in fact, Liz’s father, but is the man we’ve come to know over the last four seasons actually Raymond Reddington?

“Liz has learned that Red is her father, and yet there is a much bigger secret that is out there that presents a real problem,” EP Jon Bokenkamp tells EW, referring to the bones Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert) unearthed that are now en route to Liz, much to Red’s chagrin.

Odds are the bones belong to Liz’s presumed dead mother Katarina (Lotte Verbeek), but Bokenkamp doesn’t balk at the suggestion they could belong to, say, the real Red, and that this Red is someone else entirely. “This imposter theory is one that’s alive among our fan base,” Bokenkamp says. After all, the DNA results proving Red’s parentage come from a decades-old sample that is not necessarily from the man we know now. What’s really going on here? Bokenkamp teases what’s in store for season 5. (Read our postmortem with Megan Boone here.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Red has been revealed as Liz’s father. Has this been the plan from the beginning?
JON BOKENKAMP: Yes, it has been. Exactly where that would fall, we weren’t always certain, but it became clear this season as we were arcing out the stories that this point in the mythology of the timeline was the right moment.

How hard was it keeping this reveal a secret all these years?
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