Jane wrestles with her identity, along with her allegiances to Sandstorm and the FBI
Once Jane coaxes Kantor out of the panic room, Roman immediately knocks him out and drags him into the woods behind his home. It’s time for the test. He gives Jane a gun and says that Shepherd wants Kantor dead, and it’s her job to execute him. She stalls, says that it would be best to keep him alive because they still need the microchip. Wrong. Roman shoots and kills him and tells Jane that she failed the test. He doesn’t seem angry, but rather disappointed. He really wanted his sister back. Now, Shepherd just might kill her.
Back at the FBI headquarters, the hunt is heating up. Patterson and Nas believe Prospect Park is the next target, and that sends the team, including a returning Jane, into the field. This team is unstable though, and everyone knows it. Reade has been asking Borden about repressed memories, and Jane is stuck in a whirlwind of shifting allegiances and lies. Plus, Weller is waking up next to empty bottles of booze and the sonogram of his kid, so there’s that whole mess to deal with, too. So why not give these people guns and send them out into the public, right?
Sure enough, the operation goes south. Yes, Reade and Zapata manage to disarm the bomb in the park by filling it with bullets — is that a real thing that can happen?!? — but the failure comes in the form of Jane being reckless. She’s nearly killed when she goes after one of the suspects, but Weller saves her, killing the bomber just before he’s about to fill her with lead.
But that leaves one man on the loose, and he finds his way to a Navy recruitment center in Queens, where he holes up and holds a bunch of people hostage. With Jane struggling, Weller leaves her behind this time, sending her to Borden to talk through her existential crisis about being a natural born killer à la Woody Harrelson.
At the hostage scene, Weller takes matters into his own hands. He makes his way inside the recruitment center and, after the bomber instructs him to strap on a vest loaded with C-4, he begins to talk him down. He knows this man doesn’t want to kill more innocent people. Just as it looks like Weller has everything under control, Nas busts out a sniper rifle and puts two rounds in the chest of the bomber. The tension and divide between Nas and Weller grows once again, the two failing to stay on the same page.
With the immediate threat taken care of, it’s time for the FBI to dig deeper into Sandstorm. There are questions everywhere. What did they want with Kantor, and what does his past work on SMART weapons have to do with their plans? Furthermore, if Kantor ended up dead, that means Sandstorm has another plan to get the microchip, right?
“Hero Fears Imminent Rot” leaves us with a lot of questions. Is Borden’s ability to speak Arabic just part of who he is? Or is there something more sinister there because he denies it when Patterson points it out? Is he the mole Roman and Shepherd have been talking about? And what about Roman and his relationship with Jane? Why did he lie for her and tell Shepherd that she did kill Kantor? And how long will it be until Reade remembers something from his past and it affects his work? Blindspot is moving a lot of pieces around early on this season, and it’s looking like chaos is on the horizon.