The Blacklist "List" Thread #11: "I run a task force. Its purpose is to arrest high-priority targets using intelligence obtained from Mr. Reddington."

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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.

6. The Osterman Umbrella Company

The Osterman Company is an organization of highly trained assassins that has existed since the Cold War. They are hired by government intelligence agencies to eliminate their own agents and operatives who are deemed traitors or compromised in some way. That way, the agencies do not risk damaging their morale or straining the loyalty of its officers by killing their own employees. The Osterman Company operates through a network of operatives spread all around the world and execute most of their contracts on foreign soil. Raymond Reddington has credited the Osterman Company for the assassinations of at least 1 FSB agent and 1 MI6 operative. In the past, when Katarina Rostova betrayed the KGB for the Cabal, the KGB hired the Osterman Company to kill Katarina. In present day, Levi Shur, who works for Mossad and was once in a relationship with Samar, contracts the Osterman Umbrella Company to assassinate Samar after learning that she has suffered damage to her memory. He thinks she is going to become a liability. The Company is sending someone take her out while she’s on vacation with Aram, in the middle of rural Pennsylvania with no cell reception. An Osterman mercenary dressed like a ski bunny calls Aram on their cabin’s landline to get him to the front office because his credit card isn’t working, and once he’s out of the way, shows up at Samar’s door under the guise of being stranded. Osterman’s assassination weapon of choice is a ring that, once the jewel is removed, reveals a stabbing spike. One knick from that thumbtack-size poisoned point, and the victim’s eyes glaze over like marbles, falling dead immediately thereafter. Samar clocks her with a pot before she can even swivel her little ring, already aware that something must be up. They fight and during the tussle, the woman manages to cut herself, her eyes glass over, and she dies. Red finds out that is was Levi who ordered the hit on Samar and demands him to call it off. When they find out the hit didn't take place and Samar is still out there, Levi is killed by Red in revenge for Samar.

7. Tom Keen

Thomas Vincent Keen, born Christopher Hargrave is Elizabeth's husband, an elementary school teacher who turns out to be a covert operative working for Berlin. When first confronted by Elizabeth, Tom asserts to her that he was assigned to protect her, and that Reddington "is not who she thinks he is". Elizabeth shoots him and stages his death, but keeps him prisoner on a boat for several months in order to extract as much information as possible. When she is nearly discovered by the harbor master, Tom saves her by strangling him to death; as a token of gratitude, she lets Tom escape. Tom later meets with Red and their conversation reveals a previous working relationship. Apparently, Tom was recruited at the age of 14 (he was then known as Jacob Phelps) by a blacklister known as The Major due to the combination of sociopathy and extreme talent, to be groomed for covert operations. Red acquired him from The Major in order to insert him into Elizabeth's life, but when Berlin found out, he doubled Reddington's price. After his escape, Tom utilizes The Major for a new covert operation as a neo-Nazi drug and arms dealer in Dresden named Christof Mannheim, but not before calling Elizabeth; he appears to have developed genuine feelings for her during their "marriage", which seems to complicate matters for both The Major and Reddington, as it was the reason behind his killing the harbor master on Elizabeth's boat. When Elizabeth nearly gets subpoenaed for the harbor master's murder, Reddington and Ressler attempt to extradite Tom from Germany so he can clear her name; Tom initially refuses, but then appears in court and willfully surrenders. With the help of Assistant Attorney General, Tom Connolly, Reddington helps Tom and Elizabeth sweep the whole event under the rug; Elizabeth is cleared while Tom "never existed". 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 Elizabeth's place and pleads her to give him his passports; in exchange, she convinces him to tell her the truth about his relationship with Reddington, 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. After he finds out that Liz killed Tom Connolly and is on the run, he comes back wishing to help assist him in saving Liz, suspecting the tides are against Red's favor. While waiting for Liz to call him, Tom meets with Cooper and is recruited to help investigate Karakurt. Posing as a hustler, he befriends a wealthy socialite and infiltrates an underground street-fighting ring, where he eventually locates Karakurt. He brings the assassin to Cooper, but the Cabal finds them, forcing all three men to go on the run. Eventually, with Ressler and Cooper's help, he evades the Cabal and delivers Karakurt into federal custody. After Liz is released, Tom proposes marriage to her, but she turns him down, saying that she is too uncertain about the future to accept. Tom is later confronted by Red who warns him to stay away from Liz, after the actions he pulled when he ignored his first warning that led to this. After Liz's death, he tells Red to stay away from Agnes and blames him for his failure to protect her. Samar visits Tom in the hospital who has been having a hard time raising Agnes alone and offers to help him. Tom is later recruited again by Cooper to keep an eye on Cynthia Panabaker and he discovers more that confirms Cooper's suspicion. Visiting Cooper in the post office, he is able to confirm the woman that Panabaker had a meeting looks like Liz's mother, Katarina. After that Tom is forced to work with Mattais Solomon and Susan Hargrave, the people responsible for Liz's death to get at Alexander Kirk, the man who ordered the attack. During the mission, Tom shoots Solomon in revenge, but Solomon seemingly gets away after Tom leaves. Tom later goes after Susan before Red calls him to stop Tom. Red reveals that Tom is in fact Christopher Hargrave, Susan's long-missing son. Moments later, Susan enters and tells him about her son, how he disappeared twenty-eight years earlier when he was three years old and she always hopes to see him again. On Red's advice, Tom doesn't let Susan know he's her son but doesn't kill her for Agnes' sake. Tom searches for the truth about his true parentage and why he disappeared years ago, after reading the death of his father, Howard Hargrave. His search leads to a mother whose son made Tom disappear and procures a confession from him. Tom discovers his father, Howard, is alive and being held in a mental hospital. He also learns that Susan had faked Howard's death and had an ulterior motive for Halcyon. This led to Tom convincing Nez to side with him as they try to uncover the truth of the secret Susan had been hiding the whole time concerning Whitehall. Solomon tries to stop Tom and Nez, claiming that Susan was set up by Howard and had no knowledge on it. After all of that Tom doesn't want to have anything to do with his parents and he leaves his mother's company. After the showdown between Red and Kaplan an Kaplan's death, Tom found the suitcase Kaplan left in the storage locker and looks inside it. He discovers the skeletal remains of an undisclosed person and closes the suitcase. Tom then takes it with him under Kaplan's orders to deliver the suitcase. For Liz's sake he wants to find out who bones they are and he calls Nik Korpal for help. Nik calls in his collegue Pete to help him and Pete is able to get DNA from the bones and runs a test on them. Because of the test certain people are alerted that the bones are out there and Pete gets kidnapped and Nik gets killed in the process. While Tom investigates who killed Nik and kidnapped Pete, he finally found out who the skeletal remains belong to and the connection she has with Elizabeth. Now realizing the truth, he calls Liz to come home and plans to tell her the truth about her mother along with the fact Red killed Korpal. However, Ian Garvey interferes with his group and attacks the two. Having taken back the bag containing the skeletal remains, he leaves and has a few of his men get rid of Tom and Liz to send a message to Red. Despite Tom's best efforts to fight them off, he is stabbed as Liz loses consciousness. Tom's final words are that Liz will be the one to make it and he dies in the hospital.

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.

9. Robert Vesco

Robert Vesco is the mentor of Raymond Reddington, and a longtime legendary fugitive who faked his death. Robert was one of the major players in America´s most notorious financial and political scandals that took place during the 1970s. In 1972, the Federal Communications Commission accused Vesco of robbing 200,000,000 dollars from a mutual fund he controlled and 1 year later, Robert made an illegal campaign contribution to Richard Nixon hoping that Nixon's Attorney General would drop the charges. When that did not happen, Robert fled the country and spent almost 40 years in glamorous exile at Costa Rica, Nicaragua, the Bahamas, and Cuba, where he faked his death in 2007. After that, Vesco went into hiding, living for more than 10 years in an unsuspecting apartment in Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. It was rumored that Robert had found the De La Cruz, a Spanish ship filled with gold that sank near Florida in the 1700s, that being the real reason behind his staged death. During the time Robert mentored Reddington on how to be a fugitive, he robbed Red of his entire life savings by convincing him to invest all the money in a cattle ranch at Paraguay that actually turned out to be a brothel outside of Asuncion. Red heard a rumor in prison that Vesco faked his own death, and Red has one guess why: he found the treasure of De La Cruz. Red puts the FBI onto finding Vesco, and then abducts the man once they locate him. As vengeance for the swindling, Red wants the De La Cruz gold he’s sure Vesco has found. But Vesco doesn’t have it. He figured out the treasure map but people were watching him, so he disappeared for a while. But it doesn’t take long for Vesco to get back into the swing of things, taking Red to the Library of Congress to walk him through the path to the treasure, hidden under the old French Opera House in New Orleans, which now has a new French Opera House built on top of it and with a very active opera happening inside it as Red and Vesco execute their heist. Red takes all the gold or so he thinks cause in the end Red is being swindled once more by perhaps one of the few men on earth who could swindle him.

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.

13. Ian Garvey

Ian Garvey knows about the suitcase with bones and wants to them in his possession so that he has leverage over Red. Somehow Garvey knows that Pete McGee, who is working together with Tom and Nik Korpal, ran a search through CODIS for the DNA on the bones. Nik Korpal goes to Pete’s apartment and he’s surprised that the front door is open. He enters the apartment and calls for his old classmate, then starts looking at the computer. Somebody comes up from behind him and strangles Korpal to death with a wire. As Nik’s limp body falls to the floor, we see a hooded man grab the suitcase and leave the apartment. Tom hears from Liz that Nik is dead and starts Looking for Pete. He gets help from Pete's girlfriend Lena Mercer. Ian Garvey sends men to capture Pete McGee but finds Tom and Lena instead. He holds them hostage and after further deliberation kills Pete and Lena, leaving Tom alive so he can contact Red. Garvey gets him to call Red and tell him that he “did what you hired me to do,” but Red already has his spy outside of Garvey’s hideout. Unfortunately, Red is still 20 minutes away and Tom is basically swimming in a pool of his former accomplices’ blood now. So when Garvey and most of his guards leave to go meet Red at the dummy location Tom gave him, Tom manages to use a wood-chipped scrap of Lena’s necklace to cut his zip-tie binds, take down a handful of guards, and set out into the woods. Garvey and his men follow Tom, who got in the car with Red and Dembe, to the farmhouse, ready to kill Tom and Red and take back the suitcase with the bones. Dembe runs over the guy outside, Red shoots everyone in their path out to the car, and Tom whips up a couple of Molotov cocktails to throw in their vehicles on the way out. Tom leaves Red and Deme and contacts Liz and tells her to come to the apartment. Liz rushes into their apartment, where she finds Tom tied up and bloodied, with Garvey and his men waiting to do the same to her. She puts up a solid fight but they get her subdued too. Garvey demands that Tom calls Red. Tom won't do that and Garvey stabs him in his abdomen and Liz gets punched in the face, sending her to the ground where she slams the back of her head. Once Garvey knows he won’t get anything else from them, he leaves with what he came for, the bones and tells his men to finish the Keens off and clean up. Garvey disappears with the suitcase and we don't know where he currently is and if he still has the suitcase. Later, Garvey kills Norman Singleton, who identified Garvey as Damascus. Liz identifies Garvey later at the crime scene. Garvey unsuccessfully attempts to take control of a witness, who saw him murder Singleton. Using the bones as leverage, Red is forced to abduct the witness. Even though Red succeeds, he tells Garvey that if he tries to use Liz as leverage, he will kill him. Garvey attempts to take Liz hostage after trying to locate the witness. The attempt failed due to Red finding out about his plans and had Dembe and his men rescue them. Garvey is shot multiple times by Keen and Dembe after he tries to kill Red. Keen treats Garvey's wounds and calls for an ambulance as she doesn't want Garvey to die without revealing the truth behind the bones to her. Though Garvey is rushed to the hospital, his wounds are severe, possibly even fatal. His attempt to tell Liz the truth fails as the bleeding becomes critical. Garvey died of his injuries during a conversation between Red and Liz. However, Liz is unhappy as Garvey's knowledge of what was in the duffle bag died with him.

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, Constantin Rostov. He is suffering from an unrevealed medical condition.

15. Robert Diaz

Robert Diaz is a U.S Senator that was running for President of the United States. To this end, Diaz received 300,000,000 dollars from Constantin Rostov to finance his political campaign. Diaz won the election and became the President of The United States. During his time as a senator, Diaz was the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Diaz was the one who pardoned Liz from killing Tom Connolly after Red blackmails him. He conspires with Anna McMahon in a convoluted plot which is apparently intended to end in his own assassination. The Task Force foils the plot, and it is revealed that Diaz was actually trying to kill his wife in order to prevent her from testifying about his killing a man in a hit-and-run accident. He is then forced to resign.

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".

17. Sutton Ross

Ross kidnaps Liz in an effort to force Reddington to reveal the truth about the bag of bones. Liz is eventually rescued by the FBI and Ross is killed by Reddington as he leaves with the bones. Later, Liz reveals to a hallucination of Tom Keen that she and Ross were working together to expose the truth about the duffle bag. Ross also brought in Jennifer Reddington to help show Liz the truth that so many people have died trying to reveal: the duffle bag contains the bones of the real Raymond Reddington. The man Liz knows as Reddington is in fact an unknown imposter and assumed his identity. With Ross' death, the imposter is left believing his secret to be safe once again, not knowing that Ross had already revealed the truth to Liz.

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.

19. The Capricorn Killer

The Capricorn killer a serial killer who left his victims posed in remote, inhospitable environments, impaled with a hand-forged sword, and holding the skull of a horned goat. During her time as a profiler, Liz worked on this case and her profile differed from everyone else’s. They all agreed that the serial killer was a white male in his 40s in a transitory blue-collar profession, and since his accelerated killing pattern indicated that he had gone out of control, others thought he had stopped; Liz believed he had just gone dormant and would return again. It seems she was right.. Liz goes along with Agent Graves and Samar to speak with the widow of the most recent victim, Ms. Seavers. She tells them that her husband was a good man who loved their young son more than anything, and shows them a photo of the two posing with swords. It seems that Mr. Seavers’ hobby was hand-forging swords in his workshop. A workshop which also happens to feature a hidden room with goat-skull shrines to each of the victims of the Capricorn Killer. Seavers wasn’t killed by the Capricorn Killer, he was the Capricorn Killer, killed in the style of his own ritualistic murders. This new killer’s style is clearly a little more varied. We get a nice long look at the next man he’s captured, strapped down to a body-shaped table, and sawed off one of his arms and both of his legs. The killer plays a video for the strapped-down man of the strapped-down man that he’s clearly recorded under duress, reading from a script that details exactly how he’s drugged him to immobilize his body, amputated parts of his limbs while he was out, and is now gearing up his circular saw to complete the set. The team finds that his latest butchered victim was, the Tristate Butcher, a serial killer who made recordings of butchering his victims. Another serial killer murdered in his own signature style. Sharon Fulton is a FBI psychiatrist that works evaluating agents in order to determine if they are fit for duty. Sharon also paid for the counseling of the families of the victims of serial killers that were never caught. Those families grief and pain alongside the lack of justice for their loved ones broke Sharon, making her decide to take action on her own. Using her knowledge and skills on forensic psychiatry and criminology, Fulton would identify and track serial killers that escaped justice and kill them in the same way they killed their victims. However, she did not do the killing herself and instead enlisted the help of other federal agents that like her were disillusioned with the justice system. After Elizabeth Keen shot and killed Attorney General Tom Connolly for being a traitor, Fulton became interested in her and decided to recruit her. Her interest in Keen increased after it was revealed that Keen was Red's daughter.

20. The Corsican

Bastien Moreau is a nationalist who only works for organizations that oppose globalism. Moreau is willing to compromise his anti-globalism ideals and target a specific individual so long as he can maintain the image of being an anti-globalist. After escaping the shootout, we see Moreau and his associates at the airport, where the associates are shot and killed-no surprise there. He heads inside in a wheelchair. The Task Force tries to decide who Bastien’s next target is, as he is “one of the world’s most deadly assassin.” The Task Force heads to the airport and calls for it to be locked down and all passengers held. The worker helping Bastien was attacked in the bathroom and stripped of his clothes. Now posing as an airport employee, Moreau finds a car and, unfortunately, escapes. When we see him again he’s doing a little primping on his new face and talking about an assignment with a mysterious woman on the phone. Given that she hasn't been able to get ahold of him for a month, she’s a little concerned about his ability to pull of the task, but Moreau assures her everything is on schedule. Moreau hijacks the badge and access codes of a man who looks almost exactly like him (well, the new him) who’s headed to the United Nations to deliver a diplomatic package. Like just about anyone who comes within speaking distance of Moreau, that poor man winds up dead by a single bullet. Red finds out that Moreau appears to be collecting arms for a new job, so Ressler and Liz head to New York where his stolen car has turned up. A little detective work with Red’s arms dealer contact in L.A. reveals that Moreau wasn't collecting guns, he was contracting a man named Maxwell Rudiger to build a bomb, that Moreau is carting into the United Nation, in a diplomatic pouch that’s not subject to search. Ressler and Liz swarm into the United Nations, telling the police officers on duty to initiate their evacuation protocol, just as Moreau delivers the pouch to a Turkish ambassador. The…entire United Nations evacuates, Moreau included, unfortunately, and that gives enough time for Red and Maxwell to arrive, ready to diffuse the bomb and he is able to do so. Moreau is still on the run but Ressler is able to find him outside the building with Aram's help. Ressler is holding Moreau at gunpoint when Moreau takes somebody hostages and shoots him and that's when he escapes. Later Moreau is killed by Robert Diaz's Secret Service Agent Sandquist since he knows the truth of the dossier.

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.

23. Zarak Mosadek

Zarak Mosadek is the department interior minister counternarcotics of Afghanistan, and also the country’s largest drug dealer. The Nash Syndicate answers to Mosadek, which means Mosadek is the key to attacking Garvey’s power. He would be untouchable in Afghanistan, but coincidentally, he happens to be preparing to travel to Paris. That means Reddington, Dembe, Ressler, and Samar will also be traveling to Paris. His son attends boarding school in Paris and there he gets abducted by the Taliban. Ressler and Dembe are able to get inside Mosadek’s hotel, just as the cables of his elevator are blown, which should trigger the emergency brakes, and safely plummet the elevator to the basement, where Dembe and Ressler can retrieve Mosadek. But since one of the cables doesn’t blow, the elevator gets precariously stuck between floors, a very compacted shootout ensues, and Dembe has to go inside the teetering elevator to pass Mosadek, the others, and himself through. Mosadek is delivered to Red, and the first thing he does is dump $10 million in diamonds on the table and beg to have his son back. Red says there’s been a misunderstanding. what Red wants is for Mosadek to cut Garvey’s drug supply, therefore taking away his power, and now, in order to get that, he has to get his son Mateen back from the Taliban. Mosadek has been acting as an informant for the U.S. military and the Taliban opium traders that he works with aren’t happy about it. Cooper attempts to get approval from Panabaker to intervene in Mateen’s rescue; he doesn’t get it, and they do it anyway. But the attempt for Mosadek to hand over the diamonds in a cemetery goes south, and he seems to disappear from thin air. When Samar and Ressler call Red, he knows of the cemetery as an entry point to the catacombs that run under the city, and he knows the next entry point to be in a church he once had some dealings with. Ressler and Samar head down into the catacombs to chase after Mosadek and Mateen’s abductors, Red and Dembe head them off at the church. After a few close calls and one shootout in the middle of a sanctuary, Mosadek and his son are back in Red’s custody, and he’s asking for the diamonds, which he promptly hands over to the startled church employee. Red tells Mosadek that he can express his gratitude for the rescue of his son by making good on his agreement to give him the one thing he wants out of Garvey. A meeting that concerns Mosadek's operation. Mosadek agrees to do that and continues to be a free man.

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.

25. Anna-Garcia Duerte

Anna-Garcia Duerte is a young girl who came to the U.S. from Brazil when she was 13, with her husband. She "helps" other underaged girls who are legally married to older men to get rid of these men. She kills them. There is an underground chatroom with 83 members, all girls under 18, all legally married to grown men. This chatroom seems to act as a support group for child brides, and in it, they speak of a guardian angel: “a mythic white knight who sets them free.” That guardian angel is Anna-Gracia. At the address listed on Duerte’s marriage license, Ressler and Samar find an open window and billowing curtains. They split up, and Samar races to the roof where she finds Anna-Gracia by the ledge, shouting at her to stay back. Anna-Gracia tells Samar that a man three times her age raped her when she was in Brazil, and when she reported it to the police, her parents were so ashamed, so angry at her, that they made up a story that she was in love with the man. She tells Samar that the day she snapped and killed her husband was the day she decided she would die if it meant saving others from that hell. Samar shares he own story andtakes Anna-Gracia’s hand and walks her off the ledge. Samar is able to help Anna-Gracia, telling the U.S. Attorney in a masterful bout of persuasion, that if this goes to trial, he’ll be the man fighting against a martyr for the most wide-spread sanctioned abuse of women in the world today. He decides not to try her as an adult, meaning that she could be fully free by the time she’s 21. Anna-Gracia can’t understand why they would do that for her. Samar tells her that for the first time in a very long time, that they are going to treat her for what she is. A child.

26. Lawrence Dane Devlin

Lawrence Dane Devlin is a fixer who is specializes in making problems go away. Devlin's disposal methods have a scientific flair. He considers himself a fanathologist. He is hired by Nicholas T. Moore to do dirty work. He kidnaps Maybell, a girl that lives in Moore's cult, from the hospital so she can be purified. When he gets into the elevator with her, Samar races down the service stairs. She makes it to a floral van with an empty wheelchair beside it, but when she comes around, the guy slams Samar in the head with the door, knocking her out. He throws Samar in the back of the van with Maybell, and takes off. He delivers Maybell to Nicholas T. Moore and tells him that he will take care of Samar. He takes her away in his van and is planning on killing her. He drives her to the woods but during the drive Samar manages to find something in the van that she can use to cut her ties with. She lights a piece of firework and because of the amount of smoke in the van Devlin has to pull over. Samar escapes and Devil goes after her. Her quickly finds her and she stabs him in the abdomen with a sharp piece of wood but he demands her to get back in the van. Because of his injuries they get into an accident. Samar tries to escape while Devlin is unconscious but fails to do so. He wakes up and leaves her behind in the van. But he is attacked by a bear and he dies.

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. In season 6, Smokey is killed by Red because he helped create a narcotics smuggling ring while Red was in prison.

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 informat







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