[Solved] The Blacklist: Who is Berlin? (WARNING: SPOILER ALERT)

As far as I can tell, this is the man who will be portraying the character Berlin on The Blacklist:

Episode 20: The Kingmaker

I have to say I'm pretty disappointed with The Blacklist episode 20 -- "The Kingmaker". If nothing else, I'm at least relatively disappointed; relative to the previous episodes, that is.

Sure, there have been other episodes where I wanted to walk out at a certain point, but literally in every situation I've encountered like that all I had to do was wait until the end of the show and whatever I disliked earlier was washed away either by something better happening, something being revealed, something that left us hanging, etc.

Elizabeth Keen's scar compared to the symbol on the envelope

In a different thread, emily124 mentioned something about how the scar on Lizzie's hand matches the symbol found on the envelope at the bank, which was the same symbol found on the top of Tom Keen's secret "go-bag". I don't know if that's coincidence or not, but if she's right (and even if she's wrong, really) then that's one of the best observations I've heard anyone mention. It also got me thinking, so I ended up making this:

What was in the envelope that Elizabeth Keen opened?


In episode 19, Tom Keen told Elizabeth Keen to open a box at a bank using the key she found under the lamp.

My (unofficial) prediction is that the envelope contained "orders" of sorts from Raymond Reddington directing Tom to insert himself into Lizzie's life in order to watch over her, keep her safe, keep her happy, or whatever the case may be.

Who is Tom Keen and who does he work for?


At this point in the story, I don't believe enough information has been provided for anyone to be able to make a solid guess as to who Tom Keen really is, or who he really works for. Of course, the same could be said for several other characters but those are all separate posts in and of themselves.

Regarding Tom Keen though, here are some facts that you may or may not have picked up on already (mixed with some questions, theories, etc):

Real cases used for plot points

Here's an article about one example of a real-life case that the writers of The Blacklist transformed into an episode.


One of my favorite things about this TV series has been how it has masterfully compiled and used its resources (actors/actresses, character development, overall feel of the show, story development, etc.) That said, one of my favorite parts of the show has been its soundtrack. I think they have done a great job selecting music for the different episodes and parts of the show. So, I thought I would share a site that I found that has all of the songs used in each episode with the artist so you can listen to/buy them if you want.

Thoughts on Berlin

It's ridiculous how wrapped up I've gotten in this TV show. It's a TV show.

Nonetheless, I thought I'd point out some things I've noticed along the way. Seems like each time I re-watch an episode of The Blacklist either something new gets revealed, or I pick up on something that I had previously missed, etc.

Does Tom Know That Liz Knows? Berlin?

It's seemed to me, especially in the last episode that Tom has become very suspicious, if not aware of Liz's new found knowledge of him. Also I noticed in the Ivan episode (at the end when Liz was finding the pictures), that Tom was kind of looking at her like he knew what she was looking at. Take a look at the ending scene from that episode, it will make more sense. Also if anyone has any idea what Berlin is, please also comment on that?

Mr. Kaplan

I'm wondering what the connection of the lady Mr. Kaplan is to Red. She shows up at the strangest times and the first time they met she said her job is to keep Her (lizzie) safe. Then she shows up again finding the grave of Jolie or Lucy Brooks. I'm thinking she's always close by and is a silent character keeping Lizzie "safe". Any ideas?