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The Blacklist

The Blacklist first look: Mr. Kaplan's ties to Red revealed — first look

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How did Red come to know Mr. Kaplan?

When The Blacklist returns after its long hiatus, the second part of the two-hour debut will delve into Red’s (James Spader) background, therefore uncovering the never-before-revealed origins of Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert). Viewers may be surprised to learn she has a deeper connection to Liz (Megan Boone) than we ever realized, as depicted in the below exclusive first look at hour two.

“In the episode titled ‘Requiem,’ we get to step back in time and see Reddington through the lens of what is essentially an origin story,” executive producer Jon Bokenkamp tells EW. “It’s a really compelling hour that involves Young Liz, her mother Katerina, her adopted father Sam Milan and, of course, Mr. Kaplan. In this photo, we see Mr. Kaplan putting on her ‘cleaner gloves’ for the very first time.”

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Virginia Sherwood/NBC

The Blacklist returns with a two-hour episode on Thursday, April 20 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.