Spoilers of the season finale type
Everyone’s after everyone else. Alexander Kirk has hired someone to kill Tom and steal Agnes. Red has managed to twist Senator Diaz’s arm and as a result the Senate energy committee, of which Diaz is chair, is opening an investigation into Kirk’s activities. Red, of course, needs to put a thumb on the scales to ensure that Kirk will be caught, and has come up with an elaborate yet elegant little scheme which will, by planting evidence, establish that Kirk is trafficking in crude oil bought in defiance of an embargo. He breezily lays the details out, including how the FBI will need to assist: “Is there any line you don’t expect us to cross?” asks Cooper, wearily. And then, pausing only to observe that getting Aram laid should be something of a priority for the Task Force, Red’s gone: without Liz to protect he has no further business with the FBI, and watching Tom’s back looks like a full-time job in itself.
But then Tom, being guarded by Red and half an army, gives everyone the slip, in order to head to Baracoa, Cuba, where he’s bought a large house. Why there? And why now? Because, of course, to no-one’s surprise – not to Unpopcult’s surprise, anyway – Liz is still! alive! and in a large house in Baracoa. The answer to the Bizarro Cluedo question of who sort-of-killed Liz is, again as anticipated, that it was Mr Kaplan and Nik, in the hospital room, with the makes-your-pulse-undetectable drug. The immediate problem, of course, is that everyone – including Kirk – knows where Tom is going, and is following him to Cuba. Which, in turn, essentially means that Mr Kaplan has brought about precisely the state of affairs she was trying to prevent; and, moreover, went behind Red’s back to do it. Red is not pleased. Oh, Mr Kaplan!
To Cuba, then, where Kirk and his men arrive ahead of Red, ensuring that Liz is snatched, and Tom and Agnes are… well, I think we’ll need to wait for season 4 of The Blacklist, and season 1 of The Blacklist: Redemption, for answers there. Meantime Kirk – mysteriously bleeding after getting, I dunno, a transfusion earlier in the episode – tells Liz that he is Konstantin Rostov, although she can call him Daddy. It seems like a lot of trouble to go to in order to pass this information on – couldn’t he have phoned or emailed first? – but that’s your evil oligarchs for you, I guess.
Thus ends season 3, which I liked a lot, and thought to be significantly better than the occasionally tired second season. I’m still not convinced that removing one key player (Tom) and a charismatic second-stringer (Solomon) from the show is a wise move, but we’ll find out in a few months, I suppose. I’ll undoubtedly be back. And I might cast an eye over Redemption as well, if we in the UK get it.