Since the first episode of The Blacklist, Raymond Reddington’s real identity has been cloaked in secrecy; however, it is unknown whether or not the show will ever expose this information.
The NBC show The Blacklist has had a lot of fun dropping hints about Raymond Reddington’s identity, but will the show ever actually tell us who he is? Raymond Reddington, played by James Spader, is a notorious criminal who is wanted by the FBI, and the first episode of the NBC drama The Blacklist begins with Reddington turning himself in to the agency.
Red makes an offer to assist them in locating more wanted offenders from his personal “blacklist,” which he has maintained. Raymond Reddington has this somewhat peculiar need, which is that he will only work with the newcomer Liz Keen (played by Megan Boone), and their relationship is shrouded in mystery.
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The Blacklist has been on the air for a total of 9 seasons up until this point, with the renewal of The Blacklist for season 10 having been announced by actor James Spader on February 22, 2022. It has become clear that The Blacklist is an exceptionally fascinating police procedural.
This is partly due to James Spader’s portrayal as Raymond Reddington on The Blacklist, and he has amazing chemistry with Boone up to Liz’s death in season 8. The Blacklist is a television show that takes great pleasure in the surprising plot turns and reveals. As a result of the show’s success, it spawned a spinoff called The Blacklist: Redemption. This later series centered on Liz’s husband, a spy named Tom Keen, played by Ryan Eggold, and his mother, Scottie, played by Famke Janssen, who worked as a private contractor.
Who precisely is Raymond Reddington, and is he Liz’s father? This has been the central mystery for a significant portion of The Blacklist. Raymond Reddington, who plays the role on The Blacklist of a mysterious character, has led the FBI and Liz on wild goose chases in the past, and this time is no different when it comes to the identity of the character in question. The following is a list of everyone that James Spader’s Raymond Reddington could be, along with those people who The Blacklist’s character did not end up being.
The Actual Raymond Reddington Is Liz’s Father
It would appear that the truth was disclosed in season 6 of The Blacklist when it was revealed that yes, Raymond Reddington is in fact Liz’s father, but the man Liz knows is not Reddington. Katarina Rostova, who played Katarina Rostova on The Blacklist, was actually a KGB operative who had been assigned to lure and engage in a relationship with the real Raymond Reddington.
Reddington was in a relationship with Katarina Rostova. When Liz was just four years old, she fired a shot at Reddington when he was assaulting Katarina, which led to the start of a fire. On The Blacklist, Katarina and Ilya were able to save Raymond Reddington from the fire; nonetheless, Reddington ultimately passed away as a result of Liz’s deadly shot.
Ilya Koslov Is Yet Another Fake Raymond Reddington
The Blacklist then revealed that Katarina’s acquaintance and, at one point, lover Ilya Koslov, a KGB agent, had taken Raymond Reddington’s position after he passed away, changing his appearance through considerable plastic surgery. After it was believed that Katarina had committed herself by going into the water after Reddington’s passing, season 6 of The Blacklist made the shocking revelation that she is still alive.
Throughout the seventh season of The Blacklist, Rostova continues to put suspicion on Reddington’s true identity as Koslov, and it is shown that he is not genuinely Ilya either. Instead, Ilya takes the shape of the famous actor Brett Cullen, better known for his role as the Joker. Cullen is a close friend of the “impostor” Reddington. In the eighth season of The Blacklist, the lady that Liz had always believed to be her mother, Tatiana Petrova, really confesses that she is a spy instead of Liz’s mother. This causes Liz’s hopes to be broken once more (Laila Robins).
Every Theory Regarding James Spader’s Reddington’s Real Identity
Audiences are forced to wonder about the real identity of Raymond Reddington, also known as Red, on The Blacklist. Season 9 of The Blacklist is currently in the process of being produced, and it has already been confirmed that season 10 will be renewed.
There are now two major hypotheses that are gaining popularity, the first of which is that Red, played by James Spader, is actually the real Raymond Reddington and that he staged his own death. It’s not completely out of the question that Raymond Reddington was able to flee the scene. It’s likely that the young Liz missed his vital organs by a millimeter when she shot him, as gunshot wounds aren’t always certain to be fatal.
Another idea suggests that Raymond Reddington from The Blacklist is actually Liz Keen’s mother, who had considerable plastic surgery to change her appearance. Even though this notion has been around since the beginning of the show, it didn’t become widely accepted until the end of the eighth season for two reasons. The first piece of evidence comes from a discussion that takes place between Red and Liz in the eighth season of The Blacklist.
Liz asks Red if he knew her mother, and Red says with a knowing smile that he knew Katarina “quite well.” The second piece of evidence is the letter that Red hands over to Liz in the final episode of the eighth season of The Blacklist. Raymond Reddington, who plays the role on The Blacklist, reveals to Liz that the message in question was written by Katarina and will “explain everything.” Due to the fact that Katarina Rostov’s whereabouts are unknown, it is highly plausible that Raymond Reddington from The Blacklist is in fact Liz’s mother.
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Fans of The Blacklist are, therefore, back where they started when it comes to their understanding of the reality of Red’s identity and his connection to Liz. The most widely accepted explanation is that he Is the genuine Reddington and that he did, in fact, survive the fire that was supposed to kill him.
In addition, he does not think of himself as the original Raymond, and as a result, he does not consider himself to be Liz’s biological father. If the truth about his identity is ever revealed on The Blacklist, it most likely won’t be until the show is drawing to a close, whether it be in season 9 or season 10. Even said, The Blacklist is quite good at defying expectations, which means that even the “truth” may have an element of ambiguity about it.