The Blacklist "List" Thread #8: The blacklist has value because it is based on the best possible intelligence.

The Blacklist "List" Thread
8th A P P R E C I A T I O N T H R E A D

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The Blacklist

4. Mr. Kaplan

Kathryn Nemec has worked for Raymond Reddington for 20-30 years, having officially been missing as of 1991. Known only by her alias "Mr. Kaplan", her first name was revealed to be Kate. She is Reddington's personal "cleaner" who comes into scrub crime scenes. She helps Reddington clean up after he kills Diane Fowler. She also disposed the bodies of Lucy Brooks and the Cowboy after they are found by Reddington's people. When Kate was younger, she was hired by Katarina Rostova to be Liz's nanny. She became friends with Katarina after discovering she was a Soviet spy and learned that she was having an affair with Red. When Katarina was forced to flee and abandon her daughter, Kaplan left Liz with her foster father, Sam. Later, she fell in love with a woman named Annie Kaplan, and assumed her surname after Annie was murdered in front of her. She then joined Reddington's employ to protect Liz, on the understanding that she would always place Liz's interests ahead of his. Mr. Kaplan faked Liz's death with the knowledge and help of Liz, Tom and Nik to help Liz and her daughter escape Red's lifestyle. Red finds out that Mr. Kaplan faked Liz's death after an associate of him tells him that Mr. Kaplan made arrangements for Tom and Agnes to leave the country. Red demands that Mr. Kaplan tells him where Tom and Agnes are and tells her that Alexander Kirk is after them. Then Mr. Kaplan reveals that Liz is still alive and is with Tom and Agnes. She is shot in the head by Red but survives. An unknown man who lives in the forest takes her back to his cabin and he nurses her back to health but he does hold her captive in his cabin. After she recovers she finds a way to escape the cabin. Because of what Red did to her, she exhumes all the bodies she buried for Reddington over the years, intending to use them to destroy him. Kaplan hires Philomena, a bounty hunter, to kidnap two of Reddington's subordinates, including Marvin Gerard. She tells Liz that she was her nanny, and warns Liz not to get involved in the fight between her and Red. After that Kaplan calls a temporary truce with the FBI to find Liz after the latter is kidnapped. She tracks down Liz, only to learn that Red engineered the kidnapping to draw her out. When she confronts him, she declares that it is impossible for the two of them to coexist. Seeing no other way out Kaplan attacks the task force, first attempting to steal a copy of Red's immunity agreement with the DOJ and give it to Julian Gale. When Red foils this plan, Kaplan agrees to testify about Red's crimes to a grand jury. Before doing so, she exhumes a suitcase containing the skeleton of an unknown person. After the grand jury is dissolved through Red's machinations, Kaplan is cornered by the FBI and Red. Red admits his remorse for trying in the first place, but she tells him that she has arranged for an accomplice to give Liz "the truth" after her death, then she commits suicide. Afterwards, her accomplice, revealed to be Tom Keen, picks up the suitcase, presumably to deliver to Liz.

7. Tom Keen

Jacob Phelps is a social outcast and petty thief. He is recruited at a young age, in 1994, by an underground spy trainer known as the Major. As an adult, he is hired by Red to keep an eye on Liz. As part of his cover, Jacob takes the identity of Thomas Vincent Keen and starts working as a fourth grade teacher. Tom gets emotionally involved with Liz and because of it Red fires him. To protect himself and to remain with Liz, Tom goes to Berlin and the Major reassigned Tom's contract to Berlin when offered double Red's original price. He and Liz eventually marry and make plans to adopt a child. Tom kills Jolene Parker and the Cowboy after they discover that Tom is not who he says he is. Liz eventually also finds out that Tom isn't who he says he is, after being warned by Red several times and Liz has their marriage annulled. Liz holds Tom captive on a boat for 4 months, where she demands him to tell her everything. Tom is discovered by The Harbormaster and Tom kills him in order to make sure Liz is not going to jail for kidnapping him. After all of this Liz sets Tom free and Tom disappears. He goes to Germany where he goes undercover. Liz is charged with The Harbormaster's murder and Red and Ressler go look for Tom in Germany to convince him to come back to the States to save Liz. Tom eventually comes back and confesses to killing the Harbor master. Assistant Attorney General Tom Connolly makes sure the charges for both Liz and Tom are dropped and Tom is a free man. The Major, seeing Tom as a liability after this affair, tries to shoot Tom but the Germans intercept them; Tom bargains for their lives and they both manage to escape, but The Major is still set to have Tom killed. Desperate, Tom hides at Liz's place and pleads her to give him his passports; in exchange, she convinces him to tell her the truth about his relationship with Red, then reveals that she had always known that on some level, Tom's love for her and their life together was genuine. He later tells Liz of his dream to become a fisherman and urges her to come with him to Japan to start a new life with each other, but she declines, telling him that she needs to finish what she's started. After Liz kills Tom Connolly and becomes one of the FBI's most wanted, Tom departs on his boat to Japan to begin his new life.

8. Berlin

Milos Kirchoff starts out in the Red Army, rises to the rank of Colonel and later becomes a member of the KGB. Notorious for sending his enemies to the gulags in Siberia, he is a loyal servant of the Soviet Union. In 1991, near the end of the Cold War, Kirchhoff takes part in a meeting in Kursk with other Soviet officials on how to combat their more progressive countrymen who want the Soviet Union dissolved. The meeting is interrupted when a bomb goes off, killing 15 attendants and the last of the old Soviet resistance. The act was done by a man named Kiryl Morozov on the orders of Alan Fitch, known as "the Decembrist", but Red is blamed. Shortly after that, Kirchhoff's daughter is suspected of falling in love with a dissident and imprisoned. He uses his connections to help her escape, but the Kremlin found out and decided to use him as an example to the Motherland. He is put in a Siberian gulag where a lot of people he had put away were imprisoned. One day, he is sent a pocket watch he had given his daughter. Over several months, someone sends him several body parts and is led to believe that they were his daughter's and that Red is behind it. In reality, Alan Fitch sends body parts belonging to someone else and helps Kirchoff's daughter escape to the United States. Eventually, Kirchhoff sharpens one of the bones he has been sent into a weapon, kills the people holding him captive and escapes and forms his criminal syndicate under the alias "Berlin". Kirchhoff still believes that Red killed his daughter and he kidnaps Naomi Hyland, Red's ex wife. Red meets with Kirchhoff several times. He agrees to get the money that was stolen from him in exchange that Red gets Naomi back from him unharmed. Kirchhoff once more blames him for his daughter's death and intends to hurt Red by going after Zoe, whom he assumes is Red's daughter. Red reveals that Kirchhoff's daughter is actually alive and someone else in his syndicate had lied to him about her being killed. He is soon reunited with his daughter, who had been living under an assumed name as Zoe D'Antonio. After being reunited with Zoe, Kirchhoff learns the truth of Red's innocence. He kills Kiryl Morozov after learning of Fitch's orders to frame Red and use Kirchoff as a pawn. Using Zoe to gain the access numbers to free Fitch, Red holds Kirchhoff at gunpoint. Red returns to the warehouse where he is holding Kirchhoff prisoner with a bottle of vodka and places 2 shot glasses in front of him. After they reminisce about the Cold War and finish the bottle, Red kills Berlin. Christopher Maly (Craig Keen, Tom's brother) Lucy Brooks (Jolene Parker) and Tom Keen worked for Berlin.

10. Dembe Zuma

Reddington's trusted and loyal bodyguard and confidante, Dembe Zuma is former freedom fighter from South Sudan. He was born the youngest son of Samwel Zuma. When Dembe's father reported a number of low-ranking operatives of a poaching organization to the authorities, the Mombasa cartel killed Dembe's father, mother and siblings and sold him to human traffickers. He spent eight years in the world of human trafficking and was enslaved until the age of 14, when Red found him half-dead and chained to a pipe in the basement of a brothel in Nairobi. Red took care of him, nursed him back to health and made sure he got an education. Dembe eventually got a Bachelor's degree in English Literature, learned to speak four languages fluently and learned six others well enough to get by. Dembe has a daughter, Isabella and a granddaughter, Elle. Matthias Solomon uses Dembe's daughter and granddaughter as leverage to force him to surrender to him. Dembe is further tortured by Solomon's associates for refusing to disclose Red's whereabouts. He later finds Mr. Vargas in the same situation, and the two team up to escape. However, Vargas betrays Dembe and shoots him. Dembe rescues Red and Liz from Solomon before collapsing from his injuries. After Red shoots Mr. Kaplan and leaves her for dead, Dembe's relationship with Red becomes increasingly strained. Eventually, he says to Liz that he no longer recognizes Red, and tells her he killed Mr. Kaplan. Dembe disappears after apparently poisoning Reddington. It is later revealed that he was innocent, but fled in order to find the true culprit. With Aram's help, he discovers that Mr. Kaplan was alive and was responsible for trying to bring down Red.

11. Tom Connolly

Thomas "Tom" Connolly is a good friend and colleague of Cooper. They meet prior to 2003 when Cooper is leading an FBI task force in the Middle East, and Connolly is the US Attorney prosecutor that works alongside the group. Sometime during the war, an American named Alan Rifkin defected to the Taliban, and assisted them in massacring a village in Afghanistan. Rifkin is captured, but refuses to confess to his crimes. FBI and military interrogators, on Cooper and Connolly's orders, then brutally beat Rifkin until he confesses. With this confession, he is sent back to the US and put on death row for treason and murder. Connolly becomes a prominent member of the US Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C.During the events revolving around Justin Kenyon and a bomb plot, Connolly visits Cooper at the Post Office, telling him that he is about to be confirmed as the next Attorney General of the United States. He wants Cooper to join him in the administration as Director of the FBI. Cooper declines. Connolly asks why Cooper won't take the job. Cooper tells Connolly about his serious health issues and that the prognosis is quite bad. He also tells him about the trial group he had recently been declined for, and how it is pretty much his only hope. Connolly uses his connections to get Cooper in the trial. Connolly is blackmailing Cooper into doing what he wants or he will make sure that Cooper is not going to be a part of the trial anymore. Connolly is revealed to be a new member of the Cabal. The Director states that betraying Cooper was the price of a seat at the table. Connolly reveals his involvement with the Cabal to Cooper and that he is part of the Cabal. He then admits that he has been gaining leverage from Cooper and the Cabal owns him. He threatens to shut down the task force since he is aware of the laws Cooper broke. Later, Connolly is appointed Attorney General. When Liz is framed for the assassination of a U.S. Senator, Connolly forces Cooper on administrative leave for keeping Liz from being questioned. Through Liz, Cooper discovers that his disease was a hoax orchestrated by the Cabal through Connolly, and angrily confronts him together with Liz. They threaten to give evidence proving his corruption to the FBI unless Liz is cleared of her charges, Karakurt is charged for the crimes, Cooper is reinstated, Charlene is released, and Red is left alone. Connolly ignores them, pointing out that he controls the FBI, he controls the Department of Justice, and no Federal judge will oppose him. Connolly tells them that the Post Office will be painted out as a rogue unit and its members prosecuted. When Liz points her gun at him, he tells her that killing him will accomplish nothing since he will only be replaced. Despite Cooper's pleas for her not to pull the trigger, Liz shoots and kills Connolly.

12. The Decembrist

Publicly, Fitch works as an Assistant Director of National Intelligence. On the side, he is a senior member of the Cabal whose secrets Red knows. Red has arranged for those secrets to be divulged in the event of his death in order to make sure Fitch's organization stays away from him. He is the one responsible for Berlin's daughter's disappearance, having helped her escape from a gulag and faking her death. Fitch arranges for Anslo Garrick to attack The Post Office and capture Red so that he could interrogate him as to whether Red's new arrangement with the FBI affected their previous agreement. He decides that Red had not betrayed the Cabal after all. He forbids Garrick from killing Red, as he believed that doing so would release the evidence against him and his cohorts. After Berlin finds out that Fitch is behind his daughter's disappearance, he orders his agents to abduct Fitch and strap a pipe bomb on him, intending to kill him. The FBI later finds Fitch with a bomb strapped around his neck. He is escorted to FBI headquarters and locked in the same box that Red was sent into after first being detained by the FBI. There, several bomb squad officers attempt to disable the bomb. Eventually, Fitch announces he does not want any more blood on his hands than he has already, and asks the bomb squad officers to leave. Fitch asks Red if he has the Fulcrum. Several members doubt that Red still has the Fulcrum. Red merely says that he cannot stop the bomb. Fitch says that his death will trigger a series of events, which will make it harder for the moderates to resist the radicals, and predicts that by 2017, conditions will get worse. Fitch names 2 members who might be willing to ally with Red. Fitch then tells Red the combination to a safe he has hidden away in St. Petersburg, but is unable to tell him the location within the city before the bomb explodes.

14. Alexander Kirk

Alexander Kirk is a powerful billionaire businessman who made his fortune buying up Russian companies after the fall of the Soviet Union. Kirk was revealed to be the mysterious client who had hired Susan Hargrave to capture Liz. After Liz's death, he hires an assassin to kill Tom and take Agnes. Red and Hargrave steal 300 million dollars from Senator Diaz, a presidential candidate Kirk was backing, in an attempt to get Kirk to the United States, but Kirk does not take the bait. After Red frames him for selling oil to radical jihadists, Kirk is forced to appear before a congressional committee to testify. He changes his mind at the last minute when his men discover Liz is alive. He has Liz kidnapped and brought to him, where he reveals to her that he is her father, Konstantin Rostov. He is suffering from an unrevealed medical condition.

16. Anslo Garrick

Anslo Garrick is a mercenary who specializes in raiding classified and well defended prison facilities and extracting high level prisoners, always using extreme levels of violence. He works almost exclusively with a unit of highly armed, countryless mercenaries known as "The Wild Bunch". At some point, he successfully raids a CIA black site in the Bering Sea to exfiltrate a man named Mahmoud al-Azok. His employer pays him to plant evidence that blames the raid on Peruvian insurgent organization Shining Path. At some point he and Red work together, though the alliance ends in 2008 when Garrick gives the FBI Red's train number and itinerary for a stop at Waterloo station in Brussels. When Red arrives, a hit squad led by Ressler made an attempt on his life, but they fail. Red realizes that Garrick has betrayed him and shoots him, damaging the right side of his face and apparently blinding his right eye. However, Garrick survives and spends 5 years in a prison described as a "black hole". To remind himself of the incident, Garrick never repairs the facial scarring with surgery. At the request of Alan Fitch, he organizes and leads a raid on the Post Office.
The raid begins with a hijacked garbage truck being driven to the loading bay and as the truck approaches the compactor was opened to reveal armed men inside who quickly kill the FBI guards. Garrick and his men then place jammers on telecommunications links while killing any guards who try to stop them. After cornering the remaining FBI personnel in the armory, his numerically superior force captures them. The purpose of the attack is to capture Red, but he manages to enter a secure holding cell together with Ressler, who is shot in the leg by one of Garricks's men before Garrick and his men can catch Red. After discovering that the cell is reinforced against bullets and explosives Garrick tries to force Cooper to open the cell by threatening to kill him. When this is unsuccessful, he drags Luli Zeng in front of the cell, and threatens to shoot her unless Red opens the door. Red is unable to open the cell, so Garrick shoots Luli. He then drags Dembe in front of the cell and repeats his demand. Garrick realizes from Red's reaction to seeing Liz that threatening her will probably have a better outcome than threatening Dembe. When he puts the gun to Liz's head, Red forces Ressler to reveal the box password. Garrick uses the password and Cooper's hand to open the box. Garrick and some of his men take Liz and Red to the lower level and begin to drill though the floor. When the drilling is complete they all escape through the storm drains to a waiting ambulance. In the ambulance Garrick has to drive when Liz's escape causes the death of the original driver. Red's DARPA tracker is removed and Red is taken to a deserted building for interrogation. Garrick has Red suspended by his arms and a doctor injects Red with a drug to heighten his sensitivity to pain. Garrick then starts hitting Red, without requiring any information. After Alan Fitch finishes questioning Red, Garrick asks if he can kill Red. Fitch is initially unsure, but Garrick convinces him to let him kill Red. Garrick approaches Red and taunts Red by saying that after he has killed Red he will go after Liz. Garrick then asks if Red is actually feeling something. As Red plunges the scissors into the back of Garrick's neck he replies "regret".

18. Susan Hargrave

Susan "Scottie" Hargrave and her husband, Howard, are the owners of Halcyon Aegis, a private military intelligence firm that deals with situations that directly violate official American foreign policy. They had a son together, Christopher, who disappeared without a trace at the age of three. Scottie is hired by Alexander Kirk to kidnap Liz. The entire operation went sideways and Liz got into an accident and died during childbirth. After learning she was involved with Liz's death, Red attacks Scottie's operations in order to force her to meet with him. She agrees, setting a trap for him. Red is alerted to the trap by Tom, and turns the tables, capturing Scottie instead. She denies any responsibility in Liz's death, and reveals that she was contracted to capture Liz by a man named Alexander Kirk. Red then proposes a temporary alliance with her. In order to catch Kirk, Red and the task force have to work together with Scottie, Solomon and Nez Rowan. Tom wants to kill Scottie for her part in Liz's death but is stopped by Red who tells him that Scottie is his mother.

21. Luther Braxton

Luther Braxton is a professional thief known for stealing money and information from the People‘s Republic of China, Iran, and the United States. He typically organizes his operations to take place during wars, natural disasters or other upheavals and take advantage of the surrounding chaos to cover them up. He is credited with stealing 282 million dollars from Baghdad during Operation Shock and Awe and the abduction of a CIA asset from Tehran during the 2009–10 Iranian election protests. Braxton has a past with Red, including an incident in Belgrade where Braxton bested him, killing Red's local point man and hanging him by the neck with one of Red's own neckties. While serving in the Gulf War, Braxton is involved in a traumatic friendly fire incident in Khafji. He is successfully given therapy to have the memories of it removed. Luther Braxton is imprisoned at the Factory, a CIA black site in the Bering Sea that houses inmates trained to resist torture. Red is also brought there after he was arrested in Hong Kong. Red has information that Braxton is going to break out the Factory and hands that information over to the warden in exchange for his freedom. Meanwhile Braxton is being tortured by electrocution, but doesn't talk. When the technicians call it off, one of the guards slips a piece of the electrical equipment into Braxton's mouth. After being taken to his cell, Braxton uses the equipment he has been given and other supplies from his cell to rig the door with the electrical wiring of a lamp. When a guard who is bringing him food tries to unlock the door, he is electrocuted and falls to the floor. An alarm goes off and the section goes on lock down. Guards with assault rifles and full SWAT gear enter the section and toss tear gas into his cell, but Braxton, who has covered his mouth and nose with a scarf, fights back, steals one of their rifles and kills them. Now free, Braxton unlocks the other cells of the section, which turn out to house his accomplices, a group of hackers, munition experts and former special ops fighters. Together, they break out, gas the security staff and take over the facility. As his operatives take hostages, including Samar and Ressler, Braxton is contacted by the CIA and asks to talk to someone in authority. He is put through to Harold Cooper and asks for the master code for the facility. Threatening to kill hostages, he gives Cooper ten minutes to decide. Then Braxton starts hanging Samar by the neck and Cooper gives it up. Planning to access information leading to the Fulcrum, Braxton's men go to the server room and enter the code. Meanwhile, Red and Liz are in the facility basement and overheat the boilers. The resulting explosion puts a stop to Braxton's plan, but alerts him to their location. He grabs Liz, who tells him that Red, who has been knocked unconscious, is dead. Red is found and woken up by one of the guards who works for him. After being given a shotgun by one of the facility's guards Red fights his way through the riot, breaks into the control room and takes out Braxton's guards. He tries to convince Braxton that the Fulcrum will only make him more of a target than he already is. When Braxton talks about the Fulcrum and a fire in which it disappeared, he spots the burn on Liz's wrist and realizes her connection to the incident. Red tells Liz to put a bullet in Braxton's head, but then they are interrupted by an air strike launched at the facility by the CIA. After being saved by the missile barrage, Braxton and his surviving accomplices grab Liz, disguise themselves as paramedics and use a medevac helicopter to fly to the Grace River Hospital in Juneau, Alaska. Once secure, they torture Liz for information about the Fulcrum, but realize that she can't remember the fire from her childhood. Braxton kidnaps Dr. Selma Orchard, who gave him memory therapy after his fire incident, and holds her son hostage, threatening to kill him if she doesn't get Liz to remember what happened to the Fulcrum. Braxton also gets a call from Red, who once again warns him that he is out of his depth. While Dr. Orchard and Braxton's men work on Liz to get her memories back, Braxton goes to a church to meet with the Director, who is revealed to be the one who hired him to raid The Factory. Now having a better idea of what's at stake, Braxton raises his price for the Fulcrum, but promises to have access to it by the end of the day. As Braxton leaves, he is ambushed by Red and Dembe, who force him into their car and drive away with him. Later, after Liz has been saved, Red kills Braxton and leaves him hanging in the Director's home.

22. The Scimitar

Red described him as a 2 parts conman, 1 part assassin. The Scimitar. An Iranian assassin also known as Walid Abu Sitta. In 2009, he kills a Sunni tribal leader after joining his militia and fighting for him for 7 months before finally killing him. He directs the suicide bomber that kills many people including Shahin Navabi, Samar's brother. In retaliation for the assassination of Kian Nouri, an Iranian nuclear scientist, carried out in part by Samar, he is hired to kidnap Amalia Collins. A key member of the Cloud Top missile research program. As he does not initially know her name, he creates an elaborate scheme to convince the FBI that one of his own team is a member of the Secret Service assigned to protect Professor Collins and is under threat of abduction. When Ressler and Liz go to take the man into protective custody, he stages a car accident. Ressler and Liz are apparently taken to Bethesda Naval Hospital for treatment. The Scimitar poses a doctor who is treating Ressler and Liz. Whilst in the "hospital" Liz calls Cooper and in the course of the call names Professor Collins. The Scimitar successfully kidnaps Professor Collins, but is prevented from completing the kidnap by Liz. He escapes to his safe house to find Red waiting for him. Red tied him up and calls Samar. Red leaves Samar to decide the Scimitar's fate. The Scimitar attempts to morally debate with Samar and fails. Samar shoots him and dumps his body in the river.

24. The Director

Peter Kotsiopulos is the director of the National Clandestine Service, the CIA component that deals with covert operations. He is also a high-ranking member of the Cabal, the criminal syndicate that Alan Fitch belonged to. However, he has far less respect for Red than Fitch had and is certain that Red is bluffing about having the Fulcrum. He seems to represent the more radical side of the Cabal, one far more ruthless than the rest of the organization. The Director arrives at the Post Office after Luther Braxton takes over The Factory and informs them who Braxton is and why the facility is so vital to them. Kotsiopulos later meets with other members of his syndicate and suggests that Red doesn't really have the Fulcrum, though his fellow members are still wary. In spite of it, they agree to sink The Factory into the sea to eliminate Red but they fail and Red and Braxton both survive. After killing Braxton, Red breaks into Kotsiopulos' home and hangs up the body inside accusing him of hiring Braxton to steal the Fulcrum. As they talk, Kotsiopulos makes it clear that he doesn't consider Red a real threat and believes that he is bluffing about having the Fulcrum. Red dares him to call his bluff and leaves. Kotsiopulos hires a hit man to kill Red. The hit man is partially successful and shoots Red, however Red survives. While his assassins are dealing with Red and his syndicate, Liz confronts Kotsiopulos in the middle of a meeting at the CIA and shows him that Red did have the Fulcrum. Kotsiopulos recalls the strike force, but tells Liz she is now a target. Later on, Kotsiopulos recruits Tom Connolly into his syndicate. The Director and therefore the Cabal are trying to frame Liz for the Orea bombing which killed 14 CIA agents and the death of a US Senator. When Red and Liz are on the run, the Director and his people are doing everything to find Red and Liz. Meanwhile Kotsiopulos meets with Matias Solomon, a Cabal member who is angry that their organization was exposed. He warns Kotsiopulos that the Cabal has grown unsatisfied with his performance and that he must deal with Red soon or the Cabal will come for him. Kotsiopulos is assigned to the task force after testifying at Laurel Hitchin’s presidential commission. Solomon visits Kotsiopulos again to warn him of his endangered position in the Cabal. In turn, he calls Solomon out for trying to take control of the Cabal and forces his cooperation. Red steals the money Kotsiopulos has embezzled from the Cabal. When Peter refuses to exonerate Liz and calls off his bluff again, Red reveals his knowledge of Kotsiopulos' embezzlement against the Cabal. He warns Kotsiopulos that his continued resistance will eventually turn the Cabal against him and that he will be assassinated, should they learn of his embezzlement against them. When Ressler brings Liz into the Post Office and locks her in the box for her own protection, the Director tries everything in his power to get the code from the box so he can execute the plans he had with her. After having effectively isolated Kotsiopulos, Red, the task force and Marvin Gerard team up together to bring him down. As Kotsiopulos schemes with Laurel Hitchin to assassinate Liz before she can testify, he gets a call about his wife having a panic attack and rushes to the psychiatrist's office. Unknown to him, this is a trap set by Red's team and he is captured. He is then taken aboard a Venezuelan plane where Red reveals he plans to have the Venezuelans turn him over to The Hague to be tried for war crimes as an American representative. As Kotsiopulos is a high ranking CIA official, this would cause the government international humiliation. Red then contacts Laurel and demands that she publically exonerate Liz to prevent this. Laurel reluctantly agrees and strikes a deal through Marvin Gerard where Liz is exonerated of all but the Tom Connolly murder. Laurel states she'll take her chances with Kotsiopulos and The Hague if he refuses. Laurel offers Red a deal and Red and Liz reluctantly agree to the deal. Laurel asks Red to deal with Kotsiopulos in exchange as the Cabal now sees him as a liability which Red agrees to. They watch a news report in which Laurel exonerates Liz, but implicates Kotsiopulos in his role in the Cabal, stating that he has fled the country. Kotsiopulos tells Red he knows who Red really is and his relationship to Liz, but Red is unconcerned. As the plane descends, Red throws Kotsiopulos from the plane and he crashes through a house, killing him.

29. Dr. Bogdan Krilov

Dr. Bogdan Krilov is one of the few people who has mastered the science of memory manipulation. Red hired him 25 years ago to erase Liz’s memories of shooting her father. Present day Mr. Kaplan hired Dr. Krilov to manipulate Ressler's memory. The FBI finds Krilov's storage container full of his medical equipment. Krilov looks on from a distance, phoning Kaplan to tell her his equipment has been seized, which is irreplaceable and without which he can’t do his work. Kaplan says she might have an idea of how to get him what he needs. Kaplan leads Krilov to Dr. Selma Orchard. The memory specialist who was forced to restore Liz’s manually suppressed memories a few years ago. Krilov threatens her with a gun and then knocks her unconscious and steals her equipment. Dr. Ochard's EEG machine connects to Wi-Fi, so once Krilov starts using it, they should be able to track him. Krilov is implanting Ressler’s mind with memories of Laurel Hitchin abducting an innocent woman and taking her to her river house. He’s using the EEG machine, so Aram is able to send Liz and Samar straight to the location of his lab. Liz and Samar go to the lab and they find out that Ressler is Krilov's "patient". Liz has some creative methods of getting answers. When Krilov tells her that Ressler was "an excellent patient, very pliable — unlike you," Liz gives him a nice little smack over the head. They strap him down in his own chair and they demand that he tells them where Ressler is. When he demands a lawyer, he gets a needle of his own medicine stabbed into his arm by Liz. He agrees to talk before she does any actual plunging. Krilov tells them that Ressler is headed to Laurel Hitchin’s house on the Potomac. Once Krilov is in FBI custody, Liz wants every detail from Krilov that will prove Ressler is innocent and every detail on what he did to her 25 years ago. But Krilov tells her it hasn't been 25 years since he last saw her, it’s only been two. Krilov said she was brought to him by a mutual acquaintance who wanted him to take care of some memories. He says he’ll give Liz those memories back in exchange for full immunity, and she only hesitates slightly before saying no.

30. Smokey Putnam

Joe Putnam aka Smokey Putnam is the first member of Red's new team which he needs to rebuild his empire after Mr. Kaplan took everything away from him. Red is going to a bail bondsman’s office and asks him for a job as a bounty hunter. Red arranges that, in exchange for $40,000, he’ll track down a man wanted for embezzling over $2 million from a carnival company and deliver him to his court hearing in two days. That man is Smokey Putnam, and though he is not a Blacklister like the Post Office needs, he will provide what Red needs: rent money. Red and Liz go looking for Smokey in Kentucky. There they meet two carnies who speak in a secret carnie language. They say they don’t know where Smokey is now, but they think it couldn’t have just been him embezzling the money because his boss Ms. Hawkins always counted the books, and she’s the one who cut the deal to testify against Smokey. Liz spots a photo of Smokey and a woman who turns out to be his girlfriend, Tammy Lynn. Tammy Lynn’s ceiling, upon inquiry via a few of Red’s carefully shot bullets, turns out to contain Smokey Putnam. With Smokey in tow, Red and Liz begin an exciting road trip back from Kentucky to D.C. Apparently, the carnival where Smokey worked has a side hustle of laundering money for a massive drug cartel. And that was the money Smokey decided to run off with. He tells Red if they just let him go, he’ll happily write him a check for his 40 grand because if they turn him in and he’s convicted, he will most certainly be killed by the cartel in prison. Red says no dice, but since their car was rammed to smithereens, he does treat Smokey and Liz to a bus ride to the Cincinnati Amtrak station. Unfortunately, the cartel creeps are listening in to the phone call Red makes to his boss and intersect them in Cincinnati. Red knows exactly where they’ll take Smokey as, in a ploy to gain his freedom, Smokey told Red where he’d hidden the embezzled cash. Red hot-wires a car, and they intercept the cartel in a warehouse in Richmond. Red tells him if he takes his money and leaves them, then Smokey will keep the cartel’s name out of his mouth in the trial. If he doesn’t take the money and leave, Red will shoot him. The cartel takes the money. Smokey seems to have endeared himself to Liz, but with Red’s insistence and one more ill-fated escape attempt, Liz helps hand him over to the authorities for his hearing and Red’s payday. Red didn’t tell Liz that the plan all along was to pay off a guard at Ms. Hawkins’ prison to put her into a fake prison transport vehicle, delivering her to Red rather than to the courthouse to testify against Smokey. That at some point in this caper, Red came up with a plan to make Ms. Hawkins, a top-notch money launderer, and Smokey, a logistics and tactics expert of carnie proportions, the first new team members of his new criminal empire.

31. Zal Bin Hasaan

Born in Iran, Shahin and his older sister, Samar, lost their parents to an Iranian government-employed assassin in 1992 because of their political affiliations. Samar eventually abandoned her country because of what happened to her parents and became an operative of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad. Meanwhile, Shahin became a political activist. In 2009, he and the Scimitar were responsible for a bombing in Pishin, Iran at a meeting between the opposition leaders and members of the army. 41 people were killed at the bombing and Shahin's blood was found on the scene. With everyone believing that he was dead, Shahin tookon the alias "Zal Bin Hasaan" and became an assassin for Iran, targeting and killing numerous Mossad operatives all over the world. Among his victims were the partner of Samar, who was killed in 2012 in an explosion in Cairo that hospitalized Samar, 31 people, 14 of them women and children, killed in a synagogue bombing in Buenos Aires, and a Mossad operative named Avi Lebov, who was killed by a car bomb along with 12 civilians. Hasaan is responsible for the abduction of 6 people that work for Lazarum Systems International. That company is providing technical expertise to Israel's missile defense shield to encrypt software for the iron dome. Together with a SWAT team and Mossad, Ressler and Samar raid the place where Hasaan keeps the abducted people. They also find a lot of people locked up in cages. On of them is Shahin Navabi, Samar's brother, who she believed was dead. What Samar doesn't know at that moment is that Shahin is Zal Bin Hasaan. She finds out after Mossad's facility is bombed and all the hostaged are executed. Hasaan is looking for a list of Mossad agents and their informants working around the world to find and execute him. Samar and Levi burn the list and Levi gets shot by one of Hasaan's men. Shahin/Hasaan abducts Samar but Red and his men come to her rescue. Red lets Samar decided what to do with her brother. Turn him in or hand him over to Red. She decides to hand him over to Red.

32. Mr. Solomon

Matias Solomon is a high-ranking member of the Cabal. He was a CIA asset in Ethiopia until he enlisted for the Eritrean-Ethiopian War. The CIA disavowed him after he committed horrific war crimes. Despite this, he was in charge of Operation Backslide, a CIA operation to assist Somalia against the Islamic Courts Union. Solomon works closely together with The Director. He visits The Director's office reprimanding the Director for his inability to prevent Red from releasing the Fulcrum and threatening that continued failure would mean his life. Solomon kidnaps Dembe's granddaughter and uses her to get to Dembe. Dembe goes to see Solomon and insists that Solomon brings his granddaughter back to his daughter and sacrifices himself for his granddaughter. Solomon drugs Dembe and holds him hostage. He tortures Dembe in the hopes of finding out Red and Liz's whereabouts. Dembe remains silent. Through a deception involving Mr. Vargas, who is now working for Solomon, Solomon finally tricks Dembe into revealing the information and captures Red and Liz. However, Dembe rescues them and drives Solomon off. Solomon is caught by the FBI when he follows Tom to Wing Yee's, in the hopes of ambushing Liz and Tom. He is interrogated by Ressler but The Director cuts in and tortures Solomon by forcing him to swallow fishhooks, a ruse intended to convince the FBI that the Director is not in league with him. Solomon is then released. Later, Solomon leads an assault team to kill Karakurt, who is being held by Tom, Cooper, and Ressler. He captures Tom at gunpoint and demands that Ressler hand Karakurt over. However, Cooper knocks him out from behind, and Ressler arrests him. While being transported by federal agents, Solomon is rescued by his new "boss". Now working for this new "boss" he plans to steal a nuclear weapon. This plan turns out to be a decoy to divert the FBI's attention from his real mission which is to capture Liz. He and his men surround the church where Liz and Tom are about to be married and demand that Liz come with them or they will kill everyone else and take her by force. Red, Tom, and the task force are able to fend off Solomon's men long enough for Ressler to come to the rescue, allowing Liz and Tom to escape. He chases Liz again after her escape and hunts her ambulance as Red tries to take her to the hospital to save her life. Solomon is able to disable Red's vehicle and pins him and his men down. Eventually FBI backup arrives and Solomon flees as his men are killed. However, the delay in getting to the hospital caused by Solomon's attack causes Liz to die. Solomon and Tom are forced to work together in an operation to take down Alexander Kirk who had ordered the kidnapping off Liz. During the mission, Tom and Solomon rob a pharmacy together and Tom shoots Solomon as revenge for Liz's death. Minutes later the police enter to find a pool of blood but no sign of Solomon himself.

34. Isabella Stone

Isabella Stone who's real name is Judith Pruitt, is a character assassin. She has been after Red for several weeks now. Killing Red's people, including Red's courier and the wife of one of Red's business associates, a man named Santos. She will go to any lengths to scandalize, humiliate, and vanquish her target, with no regard for the collateral damage. Previous takedowns include a renowned cardiologist charged with a series of angel-of-death killings that Red says were in fact cause by Isabella Stone hacking his patients’ prescription drug regimens, as well as a high-end fashion designer who was discovered to be employing awful child labor practices when a factory that burned down in a developing country turned out to belong to her. Isabella/Judith was the wife of Gavin Pruitt, a man arrested years ago for one of the first big Wall Street pyramid schemes. Apparently he insisted he was innocent all along, and his wife stood by him, but he was sentenced to prison for 10 years, during which time he was stabbed to death by a fellow inmate. Or so everybody thought. Gavin was working for Red as an accountant and Isabella thinks that Red got him killed because he talked to the FBI about working with Red but he didn't. Instead Red helped Gavin walk away from everything he loved in order to protect his family but Isabella thought he was dead for all these years. Isabella gets arrested after trying to kill Dr. Sperry, an admired physician who’s been restricted to a wheelchair by ALS. He has a medical foundation and Isabella found out that multiple wire transfers were made from Red to the Sperry Foundation in exchange for acting as part of his criminal cartel. She’s taken off in handcuffs and chains, but her transportation caravan is run off the road and held at gunpoint. Red kidnaps her and puts her in a walk-in freezer demanding to know who she works for. After Red tells her that he didn't kill her husband and that he is in fact still alive, but re-married, Isabella tells Red that she took the assignment anonymously but was paid through a credit stick that he can find in her apartment.

37. Greyson Blaise

Greyson Blaise is a notorious thrill seeker/under-the-radar art thief. He steals a hefty diamond necklace, exit the room while taking off his heist-y clothes, enter the room next door, and walk up to the podium in his tux to introduce the Napoleon Diamond Necklace, which everyone has gathered at this event to see. But when everybody heads into the display room, the diamond necklace is missing. Ttucked safely away in the clutch of Greyson Blaise’s date. Red tells Cooper and Liz about Blaise but he isn’t handing over this information to capture Blaise. Red wants to get into contact with Blaise, to convince him to work together with Red so people will fear Red again because he is aligned with Blaise. Red says all he needs to do is convince Blaise he’s not broke, and all he needs from the Post Office is a lift to Italy on an FBI jet. But once everyone goes undercover at the auction and they watch Blaise buy a $3 million penny, things go a little off script. Blaise doesn’t seem interested in doing a deal with Red, so Red mentions that he’s heard there’s a mole in Blaise’s operation. When that doesn’t pique his interest, he even more casually mentions that he’s having a party at his house on Lake Como, and perhaps Blaise might want to swing by “to see the Rembrandt.” A painting that was stolen in 1990. And Blaise still only marks himself down as a “maybe.” Liz was at least able to put a tracking device on the back of his girlfriend’s earring, and now the only thing left to do is acquire a house on Lake Como, get the FBI to pay for an extravagant party, and find that priceless painting that’s been missing for nearly 30 years. Luckily, Red knows exactly where it is, given that he brokered the sale of it 27 years ago. But the painting is no longer where Red thought it was so plan B is Red using reverse psychology to goad an expert paint-impressionist named Dale into recreating “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” in 24 hours. Blaise shows up 20 minutes before the fake painting gets to the house. Red distracts him just long enough to walk him into the room right as Ressler and Dale are hanging the Rembrandt recreation on the wall. So Red tells him that his men were just taking the painting down because Red is giving the painting to Blaise. Blaise has the painting loaded in his car but Red has tipped off an Italian crime inspector, waiting at the end of the driveway to arrest Blaise when he leaves with the painting. After that Red and Liz go to Blaise's house and convincing the entire staff that he is Blaise’s lawyer and, along with his associate Miss Chloe, they need to burn every paper record, give him every electronic record. Red goes looking for the 3 million dollar penny that Blaise bough on the auction earlier. He finds it together with the necklace Blaise stole and he takes it with him. Red's real plan is that once the Italian police realize the painting is a fake, Blaise will have to be set free, at which point the FBI can arrest him because now they have all this real evidence against him, curated by one Raymond Reddington. His entire plan worked, and best of all, he was the only one who got to know about it.

38. The Troll Farmer

Bo Chang is a computer genius, also known as The Troll Farmer, aided by a team of other "trolls", specialized in using the internet to create diversions or provoke reactions. The Troll Farmer uses social media to conduct highly coordinated disinformation campaigns on behalf of governments, lobbyists, corporations, crime syndicates, and on occasion, a humble fugitive. He's mastered the art of information warfare by creating events, virtual hoaxes designed to piggyback on real public anxiety. He activates hundreds of fake accounts to post thousands of tweets, creating the appearance of, say, a terrorist attack in Paris that served as cover for an art heist. He doctors screenshots from news outlets to report an ebola outbreak in Atlanta in order to drive up the stock of a drug company developing a cure. The Troll Farmer is much more than a rumor monger. The events he creates appear to be real and provoke a very real response. Smoke manufactured to draw the cameras away from the real fire. Red, who had him on retainer for 3 years, asked for Chang's help to get Liz and himself out of the country when they were on the run. Red gave the FBI The Troll Farmer in return for Ressler's word that he would give Liz the benefit of the doubt. The FBI raided Chang house and arrested him.

41. The Artax Network

The Artax Network is a defunct network of communications satellites that was intended to provide data coverage throughout the globe. Matias Solomon and his employers used it to track all of Liz movements and actions. Aram discovered this and the FBI forced Solomon's group to abandon the network.

42. The Kingmaker

The Kingmaker is a political expert who manipulates political careers. He acts as a mercenary who drives politicians to the height of power or destroys their careers. His tactics range from staging media events to assassinating the competition. He was said to groom his clients for years, deciding their education, careers, and even their family. He convinces Patrick Chandler, an aspiring state assemblyman, to stage a car accident on bridge as a "media stunt". This earns Chandler attention in the media, but his wife dies in the accident. He insists on moving on with the plan even after Chandler informs him that the FBI was asking questions about the staged accident. The Kingmaker later visits the man he paid to force Chandler's car off of the bridge and kills him to silence him, staging the death as a suicide. As the next part of his plan for Chandler, the Kingmaker goes after Senator Albert Mitchell. Under the guise of a burglary, he attempts to assassinate the senator, as his death would force a special election for his seat in the U.S. Senate, which Chandler would be in prime condition to take over. After shooting Mitchell, The Kingmaker hides to avoid Ressler and Liz. Ambushing Liz, he begins to strangle her but is shot and killed by Ressler.

43. The Djinn

Nasir Bakhash was the eldest son of Bahram Bakhash, the owner and CEO of a New York-based holding company, Azeri Financial. When Nasir came out as gay at the age of 19, Bahram, unable to accept it, forced him to undergo a sex change to make his attraction to men more acceptable and change his name to the feminine Nasim. Even after she went through all that suffering, Nasim was still effectively disinherited by her father and began her own business as "the Djinn". Using a network of operatives, she helped high-paying clients live out their own personal revenge fantasies, arranging for the object of their rage to be kidnapped and taken to a private location where the clients could make them suffer any way they saw fit. Along the way, she took advantage of the crimes she assisted in to damage Azeri Financial as part of her own revenge plan against her father. Red credited Nasim with facilitating the kidnapping and rape of a British princess and the kidnapping of a big game hunter who was locked in a cage with a lion and mauled to death. Nasim had her father kidnapped and she tortured him at her house for what he did to her in the past. Red and Liz locate Nasim cause she has something that Red wants. A notebook with all the names of her clients. Red has the FBI surround Nasim's house. Red has an escape plan for him and Liz and in order from Nasim to go with them she needs to give Red the notebook. Nasim gives Red the notebook but once they are at the chopper that Red arranged for, Liz holds Nasim at gunpoint so she can't enter the chopper. Red rips one page out of the notebook and throws the book out of the chopper and Nasim is being arrested by the FBI.

44. The Endling

Nirah Ahmad aka The Endling is a legendary criminal who creates one-of-a-kind items. The teams finds out that Ahmad is going to take down a plane in Baghdad carrying two of three remaining statues of the Sumerian goddess Inanna, leaving only one in existence. Or stealing the genetic profile from a new kind of barley and destroying all but one of the samples. These are specific crimes, but people will pay a high price for such one-of-a-kind items. She murdered a very special horse and the team goes to see Caleb Hess, the owner of the murdered stallion’s only offspring. The murdered horse was just a stepping stone to a true endling. the “Endling,” never said anything about murder; she just offered to increase his foal’s value in exchange for him giving her the security protocols his security firm would have put in place for the daughter of the King of Montenegro, Princess Sonya. Princess Sonya is the sole heir to the throne, so if she dies, the entire family would end, presumably making her an endling. Nirah Ahmad tries to kidnap Princess Sonya but because she is so heavily protected, Nirah kidnaps Princess Sonya's assistant Ana. But Ana is not her assistant. She’s basically like a living blood bank for her, should anything go wrong during her pregnancy. Sonya has a rare type of blood, but Ana has an even rarer type of blood, known as "Golden Blood." Golden Blood is a universal donor for other rare types of blood, and only seven people in the world have it. Ana is one of them. Two others Golden Blood carriers have gone missing in the last three months and the only other one in the country is an 8-year-old boy named Ethan Isaacs, currently in the ICU at a D.C. hospital. Ethan is kidnapped from the hospital and Aram finds out that Ethan didn’t have medical files until 2011 because he was adopted from Syria in 2010. His birth mother is Nirah Ahmad, who is not only one of the only other seven people in the world with Golden Blood, but is also the woman in the back seat of the car with Ethan. With the illness that Ethan has, saving his life would require serious blood transfusions and a heart transplant from a Golden Blood donor that the hospital couldn’t provide. They were sending him home to die. And Nirah wasn’t creating a Golden Blood endling; all this time, she’s been abducting enough Golden Blood carriers to perform the procedure needed to save Ethan’s life. Red and Liz are lead to an abandoned zoological research facility with a fully functioning hospital on the second floor, filled with forced Golden Blood donors and paid medical personnel. Nirah pulls a gun, but Red plays to her all-consuming desire to save her son. He tells her that if the FBI shows up, they’ll take Ethan back to the hospital and he’ll die. But if she trusts him, he says he knows someone who can help, and he’ll take her and Ethan to them. Red goes to Nik for help and he forces him to go to another warehouse medical facility and perform yet another operation under duress. When the time comes for Ethan’s heart transplant, Red hands Nirah a gun, and she shoots herself in the head so Ethan can receive her heart and she can save her son's life.

46. The Debt Collector

The Debt Collector is a middle school janitor named Edgar. The Debt Collector is an avenging angel who’s hired to exact poetic revenge. He is hired by Red to kidnap Liz so he can get to Mr. Kaplan. Red is calling Liz to tell her that his network of spies has informed him that this Debt Collector has recently been hired to go after her. At Edgar’s home address, Samar finds his collection of body parts floating in jars in the basement. When Liz is packing a bag at her house to go to a safe house, the Debt Collector is already at her house and sprays something in her face that makes her unconscious. The team thinks that a man named Tyson Pryor hired the Debt Collector because in 2012, Pryor sent out eight letters to eight different college presidents around the country. The envelopes contained only blank pieces of paper with anthrax. He did this because he was angry about not getting tenure at the university where he was a professor. Liz was the one to solve the case and the team thinks that is why Pryor hired The Debt Collector to go after Liz. The Debt Collector takes Liz to a cabin and ties her to a chair as they wait for Pryor to come claim his revenge. But it’s not Pryor who shows up. It’s Red. He admits to Liz that he was indeed taking advantage of Kaplan’s love for her, but he sees no other option. After that he kills the Debt Collector.

47. Frederick Barnes

Frederick Barnes is a bioterrorist. Barnes works for the United States government designing biological weapons and the antidotes. He has a son with one of his colleagues, Anne Forrester. Because she is married, the child, Ethan, is raised by her and her husband. At the age of five, Ethan develops Kurz disease, a rare and untreatable vascular condition. Barnes reaches out to his contacts in the pharmaceutical industry to raise funding for a cure, but since Kurz disease is so rare and creating a cure would cost more than it could hope to repay, they turned him down. Barnes then resigns from his job at Arpax Systems, sells his house, goes underground and becomes a developer and black market dealer of weapons of bioterrorism and chemical terrorism, working on the cure for Kurz disease on his own. While he develops and sells his weaponized diseases, he never deployed them in person, but sells them to anyone who can afford them, among them Red. He infects over 600 people with Kurz disease to find a person with a natural immunity. After a survivor is found, he sedates her and takes a bone marrow sample. He takes the untested cure to his son, Ethan but Liz stops him from using it. After arguing over the cure's safety, Liz shoots him just as Barnes is about to inject his son.

50. Arioch Cain

When a bounty is placed on Liz's head, Red, Liz and Aram find out that the bounty was placed on a website called “”. A website that set up bounties for contract killers via crowd funding from civilians. The bounty was put up by someone named Arioch Cain. At first it is believed that Arioch Cain is a man and with the help of Aram, Red and Liz try to track him down. When they track him down Red and Liz go to his house to force him to take down the website which has the bounty on. The man doesn't seem to know what Red is talking about and it is revealed that his daughter Blair is the one that put the bounty on Liz. Blair lost her mother, Sharon, in the OREA bombing, which was carried out by Karakurt and blamed on Liz. Believing the official story that Liz was the bomber, Blair creates a profile at “”. During a confrontation with Red and Liz, Blair refuses to take down the page, believing that Liz killed her mother and having her killed was the only way to avenge her. Liz makes Blair aware of the dangers of her actions in helping the Cabal recruit assassins to execute her. When she deletes the page, Blair realizes that Liz was framed and the Cabal is responsible for her mother's murder. Red and Liz leave her alone and they don't turn her into the FBI.

52. Ranko Zamani

Ranko Zamani is a Serbian national educated in the United States. He works as a terrorist responsible for several atrocities. Red credits him with an attack on the U.S. embassy in Damascus in 1986, the abduction of six foreign nationals from the French embassy in Algiers in 1997 and a 2002 break-in at the Krung Thai Bank in Bangkok. In 2007, he faked his own death. Almost immediately after turning himself in to the FBI, Red reveals that Zamani is alive. He names him as the prospective abductor of Beth Ryker. General Ryker's daughter. After the successful abduction of Beth Ryker, Zamani goes to the house of Tom and Liz, where he tortures Tom for information prior to the arrival of Liz. When Liz arrives he questions her about what she knows of his plans, and what Red has told her. In order to encourage her to answer truthfully he stabs Tom in the leg. He then stabs Tom in the stomach telling Liz that she can save lots of people or only one person. While Liz is tending to Tom, Zamani escapes. Liz and the FBI, with some hints from Red, realize that Zamani is dying and that he wants revenge for the death of his family during the Yugoslav Wars. Zamani meets with Red and informs him of Tom's injury, which Red apparently ordered. The meeting turns out to be a setup, and Ressler kills Zamani.

53. The Thrushes

The Thrushes is a mysterious group that specializes in hacking the world's most secure computer systems. It was created in 1982 by a charismatic Bulgarian genius, Plemen Radkov. He was arrested in 1986 by the KGB and died seven months later in a Siberian gulag. After that, The Thrushes went underground. Their specialty is not only cracking systems, but doing so without leaving a trace of their intrusion. The Thrushes choose their clientele based on two criteria. Cash and the technical challenge of the hack. Alexander Kirk hired to them to hack into the FBI database system. Elise, Aram's girlfriend is working for the Thrushes and manages to get in the system by hacking Aram's level 4 security clearance. When the team finds out, Aram developed something to hack into the servers of The Thrushes. When Elise comes over for dinner, Aram manages to upload the worm to Elise's laptop but she finds out and she and Aram get into a fight. Aram calls out the safety word "banana" and Ressler and Samar storm in to arrest Elise.

55. Karakurt

Known in the intelligence community as the Left Hand of the SVR (the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service), Karakurt, which is Russian for spider, is an assassin employed to silence Russian dissidents and known high-profile critics of the Russian regime. He specializes in either making his murders look like non-criminal causes, such as accidents, suicides or natural deaths, or like the work of other criminals. Karakurt is smuggled into the country by Quan Zhang, to perform some act of terrorism so that it will be blamed on Russia and become the catalyst for a new cold war. Red figures out that Karakurt has constructed an IED and has it in a white moving truck that right outside of the CIA sub-station that Ressler and Liz have just exited when the whole thing blows up. Ressler and Liz get a new lead on Karakurt and go to Union Station where Liz spots a man in the exact same clothes Karakurt was wearing in the surveillance picture. When she goes after him, he catches her off guard, knocks her out and runs away. The team discovers that Karakurt working on a weapon of individual destruction, which will only effect one person. When the task force discovers that Karakurt wants to poison a senator, Liz tries to stop the senator right before he touches Karakurt, thinking this will activate the WID. What she doesn’t know is that she’s actually the one that is carrying the weapon which has activated and killed the senator. Karakurt has infected her with the virus when she ran into him at Union Station. Tom Keen later tracked down and captured the real Karakurt in hopes of using him to exonerate Liz. When Mathias Solomon and an assault team attack their location, Ressler and Tom reluctantly allow Karakurt to aid them in stopping the killers. Karakurt saves Tom's life during the battle and is then promptly restrained once more. While Solomon tries to force them to turn Karakurt over to him, Cooper knocks him out from behind and he is arrested. Karakurt later reluctantly agrees to testify about the Cabal and Ressler has him led into the courthouse in front of the press and exposes him as the true terrorist. This, along with Red's efforts, exonerate Liz.

57. The Judge

Ruth Kipling is the founder of the Amnesty Collective, a death penalty abolishment movement. After her father is wrongfully convicted, she begins to imprison or execute court and police officials who had wrongfully convicted others. Known as The Judge, she aided by a group of accomplices, runs a secret prison yard network where she reviews prisoner's appeals, using the Collective as a cover to keep tabs on their lives behind bars. She would always let the officials she imprisoned suffer the exact same punishments they had sentenced someone to, be it the number of years served in prison or an execution. Kipling has contact with Rifkin, the latest prisoner to contact her, by working as his spiritual advisor upon the closing in of his death sentence. After Rifkin dies, she kidnaps Connolly and Cooper, who had beaten Rifkin's confession out of him. She is about to execute Cooper with a makeshift electric chair when Red arrives with proof that Rifkin really did commit the crimes for which he was executed. Cooper is released, The Judge is apprehended, and later sent to prison.

59. The Apothecary

Asa Hightower a.k.a The Apothecary is a druggist whose potions hijack the immune system, causing any number of allergic reactions, each one impossib