Since “The Blacklist” began it has been building towards a confrontation between Agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) and her biological mother, Katarina Rostova (Laila Robbins). That promised confrontation was front-and-center in the seventh season premiere when Katarina moved in next door to Liz and befriended her, and it took a dramatic turn in Friday night’s midseason finale, “Katarina Rostova.”
The episode opened with Liz tied up and Katarina interrogating Red Reddington’s “friend,” (Brett Cullen). Katarina then revealed the man to be the real Ilya Koslov, aka the man Reddington and Dom (Brian Dennehy) convinced Liz was actually Red. (The story was that he had been surgically altered to look like Red years ago.) Liz and Katarina then went on to bond over the lie and the need for truth.