Other than believing her to be potentially responsible for Liz’s apparent death? Actually, yes. “There’s a history there with she and her husband,” James Spader tells me. Make of that what you will.
Red and the task force said one last goodbye to Liz on episode 20 of NBC’s “The Blacklist” Season 3. Everyone will now look to overcome their grief by taking down the person who was after Liz. However, the woman that could be behind everything could be Red’s greatest challenge yet in episode 21, titled “Susan Hargrave.”
According to the synopsis, Red (James Spader) will link a woman named Susan “Scottie” Hargrave (Famke Janssen) to the tragic events surrounding Liz’s (Megan Boone) death. Hargrave is described as “elegant, powerful and extremely dangerous.” Hargrave was briefly introduced in episode 20 when Tom (Ryan Eggold) snapped a picture of her talking to Cynthia Panabaker (Deirdre Lovejoy) and Cooper (Harry Lennix) caught her a security footage. Tom believes she could be Katerina Rostova, especially after Liz thought her mother was after her.
While it’s unclear exactly who Hargrave is, it is known that she’s not going to make things easy for the task force. The synopsis says they’ll get into a “deadly cat and mouse game” when they try to stop her. In the promo video for episode 21, she’s described as “the one person who can go toe-to-toe with Red.” Red and the task force want to take down Hargrave because they believe she’s the reason why Liz is gone.
“Here’s where we stand, Elizabeth Keen is dead, which means you are too,” Red tells Hargrave in the video when they finally come face-to-face.
Red had almost given up on helping the task force and felt he had failed to protect Liz. Aram (Amir Arison) and Liz’s grandfather Dom (Brian Dennehy) were able to push Red forward to going after the people hunting down Liz. Now it appears Red is all-in on taking down Hargrave.
Episode 21 is also expected to start to set up a potential “The Blacklist” spinoff series starring both Janssen and Eggold. It’s rumored that Hargrave could actually be Tom’s mother and the two could go on to have a relationship similar to what Red and Liz had. The backdoor pilot to the spinoff will take place a week later in episode 22 on May 12.