The closer Elizabeth Keen comes to finding out about her history on The Blacklist, the more dangerous things will get for her and the team at the Post Office—especially after the determined agent threatened the Cabal with information on the Fulcrum. As a result, the team is facing a catastrophic event in the season’s final two episodes that will put Liz in the line of fire and, quite possibly, cost her everything she holds dear.
Making matters infinitely worse is the fact that newly sworn in Attorney General Tom Connolly (Reed Birney) was revealed to be a member of the Cabal and is now blackmailing Cooper (Harry Lennix). After Cooper was diagnosed with a terminal illness earlier this season, it was Connolly who stepped up to get him into a medical trial that could save his life—which in hindsight is exactly how the Cabal got its clutches into Cooper.
“The storyline with Connolly comes to a head,” executive producer Jon Bokenkamp says. “Cooper has been struggling all year. It started off very small with Red [James Spader] in the season-opener saying he knows about the diagnosis. It’s great to see Harold Cooper struggling with something that’s not particularly a case. That storyline is one that will be wrapped up before the season is over.”
But Cooper is not the only one hiding something. “Samar [Mozhan Marno] has a secret. If you remember, Red brought her into the task force, so there’s definitely something that’s going on there as well,” Bokenkamp hints, noting that the show will aim to delve more into characters’ personal lives in the upcoming third season—which could mean we’ll finally get a definitive answer on Ressler’s (Diego Klattenhoff) possible feelings for Liz. “In these last episodes, Ressler’s going to find himself in a very awkward and different place with Elizabeth Keen,” Bokenkamp says. “We’ve only done one scene with Ressler, Liz and Tom [Ryan Eggold], but I think there’s something happening there. That’s a storyline I would love to tell more of.”
The Blacklist airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.