For decades, ex-government agent Raymond "Red" Reddington has been one of the FBI's Most Wanted fugitives after brokering deals for criminals across the globe. Now, he's mysteriously surrendered to the FBI with an explosive offer: He will help catch a long-thought-dead terrorist, Ranko Zamani, under the condition that he speaks only to Elizabeth "Liz" Keen, an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico.
Last Episode03x23 Alexander Kirk: Conclusion Aired: May. 19, 2016
As Reddington and the task force close in on the person responsible for Liz's death, a shocking betrayal leaves them racing to save one of their …
Series Fun Facts
- Red's signature fedora came about as a result of a suggestion from series star James Spader.
- Kiefer Sutherland was considered for the part of Red.
- Creator Jon Bokenkamp loosely based Raymond Reddington character on the real-life Boston mafia boss, 'James 'Whitey Bulger. As explained at the 2013 Comic-Con panel, many news stories…
[show]Creator Jon Bokenkamp loosely based Raymond Reddington character on the real-life Boston mafia boss, 'James 'Whitey Bulger. As explained at the 2013 Comic-Con panel, many news stories concerning Bulger's arrest and trial were prevalent at the time. Bokenkamp tossed around a few "what if?" scenarios and came up with the basic concept of the show, anchored by the nefarious "concierge of crime" we now know as Red. Although Spader came in very late to the concept (within approximately two weeks of the principal shooting of the pilot), he can be credited with largely contributing to the final "look" of Reddington: closely cropped hair, hat collection, Rx shades (for practicality - Spader really does need them to see), iconically tailored vest-tie-trousers-shirt ensemble, and the infamously expensive ($5,000?) all-weather navy blue coat. As for the acerbic humor & raconteur tendencies of Red? Spader claims these were already present in the pilot script, however one can't help but think that the writers expanded these qualities once they got to know Spader a bit better.