IT began with “Red” Reddington sauntering into FBI headquarters after 20 years on the run, and surrendering. He asked for immunity, and cut a deal to secretly help the FBI catch his ‘Blacklist’ of the world’s worst criminals – but only if he could work with profiler Elizabeth Keen.
Lizzie still doesn’t know why, but between them they’ve put away a lot of criminals and played an addictive game of mental chess.
When we last saw them Red – ever the keeper of secrets – had just discovered Liz had a whopper of her own. He thought she’d killed her ‘husband’ AKA spy Tom. Instead she’d had him locked up for months. What she doesn’t know is that Tom and Red have a history.
The mid-season return sees Red’s luck run out when arrested abroad, and taken to a ‘black site’ prison which ‘officially’ doesn’t exist.
Among the inmates is hardman Luther Braxton (Ron Perlman, above). He is a formidable foe – and a threat to far more people than Red.
Perlman, last seen as violent bikie patriarch Clay Morrow in Sons of Anarchy, proves a supreme villain – menacing, coolly efficient and prepared to kill anyone who stands in his way.