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In The Blacklist's Season 7 midseason finale, "Katarina Rostova," Elizabeth Keene (Megan Boone) dealt with the emotional fallout from finding out that the nice lady who lived down the hall from her was actually her long-lost mother, former KGB spy Katarina Rostova (Laila Robins), and seemingly posed a danger to her own daughter, Agnes. But she dealt with it in a surprising way, pretty quickly coming around to aligning with her mother against her father figure, Red Reddington (James Spader), and grandfather, Dom Wilkinson (Brian Dennehy), helping her escape from a police raid and Reddington's clutches. Dom and Red were withholding the truth about Red's true identity from Liz, while Katarina was forthright with her about her relationship with Ilya Koslov (Brett Cullen), who Dom told Liz was who Red really was. "I'm not on anyone's side," Liz told Cooper (Harry Lennix). "I'm on the side of the truth. And right now Reddington's hiding that from me, and my mother isn't."
By the end of the episode, Katarina faked her own death at the hands of goons carrying out the Townsend Directive bounty on her, which Reddington witnessed and believed. So Liz and Katarina have a secret, and Katarina is going to keep searching for the truth about who's trying to kill her and why.
TV - Guide - Blacklist - Executive - Producers
TV Guide talked to The Blacklist executive producers Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath about what's coming up in the back half of Season 7, including what's next for Liz and Katarina, the truth about Red and Ilya's mysterious friendship, and the exploration of Agent Park's (Laura Sohn) much-discussed but still unseen backstory in Anchorage.
TV Guide: What can you preview about the back half of the season, in broad strokes?
John - Eisendrath - End - Midseason - Finale
John Eisendrath: Well, at the end of the midseason finale, Liz has to make a choice. It's basically...
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