I love you.
Liz said the three most powerful words in the English language to Red on The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 11, and it may have been the last thing he ever heard from the woman he loves more than life.
What Liz wanted to know was Red's true identity, but after Red shared with her an emotional story about his childhood while he was enjoying his last meal, she changed course.
Whether or not her words were genuine doesn't matter at this point. If Red survives, there will be more than enough time for her to learn the truth, but at that particular moment, she made the right choice.
Red needed to hear those words. It gave him peace and made everything else disappear. Her words stayed with him as he lay on the table waiting for the lethal injection.
Her words and her image will be the last thing he ever sees in this life.
It was an incredibly emotional moment in a hugely emotional hour that saw the entire Task Force team working their butts off to save Red from execution.
What I want to do is save your life.Liz
Red gave the Task Force information to help expose a huge conspiracy that seemed to be bigger than the Cabal that was taken down on the early seasons of The Blacklist.
There were a lot of connections as the conspiracy began to unravel. The Corsican was involved, and we learned that people at the top weren't happy with his failed bombing attempt on The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 2.
Even General Shiro's nasty bugs made an appearance killing the very person Ressler and Samar were trying to protect.
It was a huge surprise to see those deadly beetles stream out of Ziegler's mouth, but it showed how dangerous this new Cabal is.
While Liz, Harold, the rest of the team might have thought the information Red gave would save the day, his purpose in relaying what he knew wasn't an attempt to stop his execution.
It was a last frak you to everyone in his criminal world before he left this earth.
It's not that he's given up, he just knows how high the conspiracy goes. I'd bet my bottom dollar he knows the President is involved and knows that the President will do nothing to stop his execution.
You have in your life the only thing that matters. People who love you. People you can depend on. People who will always tell you the truth. Six years ago, I turned myself in because of you. Now, here at the end, I'm at peace because of them.Red
Red did seem disappointed when Liz got the call from Harold about Ziegler, but he might have feigned it for Liz's sake because he seemed pretty accepting of his fate.
Harold was doing everything he could to convince the President to step in, but he had no idea of the President's or his top assistant's involvement in the conspiracy.
His tenacity to save his friend was beyond admirable especially when he was willing to threaten the President by going to the New York Times if he didn't do something.
We won't know if that particular angle works until The Blacklist Season 6 Episode 12, but I love him for his willingness to step over that line.
Harold is such a good guy, and even though he knows Red is a criminal, he recognizes that Red is more valuable alive than dead.
Besides that, he genuinely likes Red and considers him a friend.
I'm the person who's going to make sure the President doesn't grant you clemency.Hannah
When this is all over, and Red is finally free, the two of them need to hop on a plane and head to Chicago for some Chicken Joe, a big bottle of wine, and a couple of fine cigars.
They both deserve it.
Even Ressler surprised this hour when he jumped in with both feet to try to save Red. He could be doing it because of his feelings for Liz, but he probably realizes how much Red has done for him.
Ressler's finest moment came when he told Liz that Red is a man who loves her very much after she told him she couldn't bear the thought of Red dying and never finding out the truth.
It was maddening to hear her say that, but Ressler's words gave her room for thought which is why she changed course when she went to the prison later to sit with Red.
In the end, it doesn't matter who Red is. He loves her more than anyone in the world has probably loved her, and that's what she needs to focus on now.
In the end, Liz, he's just a man who loves you very much.Ressler
However, I'm not going to lie. At that moment, I wanted Liz to ask the question because after all the drama we've had to endure with her pursuit of his identity, we deserve an answer.
It's interesting that Red requested cabbage soup and dressed herring for his last meal. It could be a sign in support of the Red is Katarina theory which I'm still not buying, but it was a request that had some underlying meaning even if it isn't clear at this point.
Of course, it could have been nothing more than a man reminiscing about the woman who gave him life while he was at the very end of his life.
Either way, it was painful to listen to the resignation in Red's voice.
While everyone focused on Red, there was another situation that was getting addressed between Aram and Samar.
Aram is one of the best characters on the show. He's smart, he's funny, and he works his butt off. He also loves Samar to no end.
It's about time that Aram finally learned about Samar's medical situation. Even though he became overprotective of her to the point of questioning her ability to do her job (and at the most inopportune times), he did it because he loves her.
But Samar knows her limitations, and she wouldn't do anything to put anyone in jeopardy.
Do you two want to get a room, or rob a bank?Ressler
They are going to get through this together. She may be an independent woman and a badass, but it has to feel good knowing Aram has her back.
In the end, Red will help Samar with her problem. She might not seek his help, but Aram will.
It will all come together, and everyone will have a happy ending.
Over to you!
How will Red survive the lethal dose? Will Harold's threats to the President work?
Did Red payoff the guy who he told not to coddle him?
Is Liz being genuine?
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