The Blacklist: Was Reddington’s Demise Suicide or Unintended?


Raymond Reddington was insinuated to have died on The Blacklist Season 10 Episode 22, and it is probably the most polarizing factor to occur on the present.

The collection finale was not significantly the most effective, however Reddington’s loss of life was a poetic ending to his life.

The dividing thought amongst viewers was whether or not the ending was Purple’s plan or a twisted destiny of nature that noticed him meet the identical finish as certainly one of his heroes.

In looking for to reply this, we are going to use two issues to information us to the reality. And that is the great ol’ information and logic.

Two information are that Reddington was sick, and American legislation enforcement authorities had been looking him down. It is a place he’d discovered himself in earlier than, but he all the time emerged on the opposite aspect.

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Earlier than continuing, be warned that we are going to contact on the delicate subject of suicide, so proceed cautiously.

Sadly, suicides are widespread.

For somebody to resolve to finish their life, they’re often on the finish of the road and really feel like ending all of it is the one manner out. The choice will be fuelled by painful psychological diseases or insurmountable obstacles that make somebody really feel helpless.

The largest issues in Raymond’s life had been his ailment and a few authorized bother. However as we mentioned, these had been nothing new to him.

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When somebody desires to commit suicide, there will be some tells on their habits or speech patterns.

A few of these behaviors embrace a normal lack of curiosity on the earth, whether or not at massive or within the rapid surroundings.

They keep away from making guarantees concerning the future as a result of they will not be there to meet these guarantees.

In some circumstances, although, somebody planning to commit suicide may behave usually, so individuals do not sense something. However the thought is all the time there.

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If we thought of that Purple was planning on getting himself killed, we must have a look at something in his habits suggesting that being the case.

Positive, he was below some strain, however he’s resourceful and will have dealt along with his issues.

The actual fact is that Purple had each cause to reside.

He had discovered love once more with Weecha, they usually had been planning the place to go after Raymond completed this chapter of his life.

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Weecha hesitated to affix him when he requested on The Blacklist Season 10 Episode 20, however that did not forestall Raymond from asking. He deliberate to see the world since he had prevented it an excessive amount of.

He had additionally developed a fantastic relationship with Agnes, preserving odd hours to name her again residence on the acceptable time and luxuriate in listening to her little issues that appeared like the most important factor on the earth to her.

He deliberate to finish his legal empire, sever ties with the FBI, and transfer to some mountains in Colombia. It was one thing he and Weecha confirmed earlier than his journey to Spain.

Weecha: The seaplane is fueled. You could depart as quickly as we arrive.
Reddington: Will probably be good to get overseas. The place are you off to subsequent?
Weecha: A gathering exterior Bogota. Will I see you?
Reddington: When it is secure. Hopefully, we’ll be again on the mountain by the beginning of the wet season.

It is illogical for somebody to finish their life after they have a great cause to reside.

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Everybody has a hero. And for Raymond Reddington, Manolete was inspiring. Manolete had teetered with hazard his whole life, identical to Raymond. It was the one manner they each knew methods to really feel alive.

When he stumbled upon Islero’s horns in Mexico on The Blacklist Season 10 Episode 13, “The Sicilian Error of Color,” it was a kind of fateful issues you may by no means imagine.

And so, he stored the horns in his residence till it was time to depart. He knew most individuals — particularly presently — do not know or care sufficient about one thing as wild as bullfighting, and if anybody had been to put palms on these horns, they’d find yourself being destroyed.

Purple deliberate to go to Villa Lobos to get well from the blood transfusion earlier than becoming a member of Weecha in Colombia. Whereas he was there, why not return the horns to their residence?

Reddington: How far is it to the Miura Bull Ranch from right here?
Angela: It is about an hours drive north and east. Why? What’s on the Miura Ranch?
Reddington: It is not what’s on the Miura ranch. It is what is not, which needs to be.

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After a day or two, he felt higher and will even take walks. So, Angela proposed he take one to see the mountains surrounding the villa.

Angela: It’s best to return to mattress.
Reddington: Truly, I used to be enthusiastic about taking a stroll,see how I do.
Angela: Whenever you’re feeling as much as it, it is best to attempt going over the hill within the again. I grew up over there. It’s extremely stunning.

However Purple had a behavior of visiting a contemporary produce market in any city he stayed, so he went to purchase some watermelons and delayed the stroll for later. He spent the night resting and talked to Agnes and Dembe.

A minor wine incident noticed him lower the decision quick and promise to speak to Dembe later to reply his query.

Nonetheless, Purple knew it was time to depart as a result of Ressler had discovered him. The next morning, Ressler would determine precisely the place Purple was after which arrest him.

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Viewers who watch The Blacklist on-line know the way a lot pleasure it could deliver Ressler to arrest Reddington in any case these years. Purple was not giving Ressler that satisfaction; over his useless physique.

Reddington: How way back?
Angela: A couple of minutes, possibly 10. Who’s he? American policeman…
Reddington: …with the FBI, Sure. Humorless fellow with good-looking hair. Fairplay Donald, I ponder what you’d really do with your self if at some point you lastly obtained your man.
Angela: What does it imply? Are you leaving?

But late at night time, he stored staring out the window to the mountains that reminded him of his future ready for him in Colombia. Come dawn, he’d determined to stroll out again to the well-known Miura Bull Ranch and, if he was fortunate, possibly see some bulls.

Along with his illness and age, he could not carry watermelons, not to mention the bull horns, so he hoped to seek out somebody within the ranch and have them decide Islero’s horns, and at last, they’d be the place they need to be.

He determined to kill two birds with one stone. Take a stroll, see the gorgeous mountains, and go to the bull farm.

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And so, on the morning time, he started his journey, hoping to be gone earlier than Ressler caught up. He took a water bottle as a result of it is necessary to remain hydrated.

Angela: It is early.
Reddington: Males will probably be coming. They all the time come, and earlier than they arrive I all the time go.
Angela: The place?
Reddington: For a stroll out again over the hill.
Angela: Take some water.
Reddington: Thanks.
Angela: De Nada.

He walked throughout fields, touched grass and flowers, drank his water, obtained drained, rested, continued his stroll, drank some extra water, rested, completed the water, dumped the heavy glass bottle, crossed fences, climbed a hill, and from there, marveled at the fantastic thing about these mountains that appeared straight out of a portray.

The bull farm wouldn’t be far now. So, Purple continued his stroll and lower by way of extra fields.

However what would he know?

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In the midst of one subject, he heard a bellow. Stunned, he circled and noticed an enormous black stunning beast, identical to Islero. A smile began to kind on the nook of his mouth. He was experiencing pure magnificence.

That smile wouldn’t final lengthy as a result of he seen one thing else.

The bull was alone. Strayed away from the farm and the remainder of the herd. And it was indignant. Actually foaming on the mouth. It drew nearer. As a substitute of turning his again on it (which might have angered it extra), Purple walked in the direction of it. And it nonetheless drew nearer.

After which it dawned on Reddington. This was it. There was no manner out of this. He was drained. He might barely stroll, not to mention run. He had left the whole lot again at Villa Lobos, and he’d even the water bottle. His luck has run out.

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Dembe had been telling Cooper how Raymond was by no means afraid of loss of life however did not search it. He rebelled in opposition to it. He might have given up way back however had all the time discovered a option to forge ahead. He accepted he might die any time, however he would by no means let it simply occur to him.

However there was the bull. It was many instances sooner than him. It was stronger. He was in the course of an enormous subject and not using a fence or tree close by. There was nothing he might have performed.

So, he courageously watched because the bull mustered all his power and got here charging.

His journey to the bull farm and freedom — and his life — was lower quick.

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Reddington might have by no means deliberate to kill himself utilizing one thing as random as a bull.

He all the time beloved being in management and had no management over an animal. Similar to he could not cease it from mauling him, he could not get it to do it. He knew near nothing about bulls or the farm, even when he’d stayed at Villa Lobos. The journey to the farm was a protracted one, even by automotive.

He could not have predicted he’d discover an indignant bull someplace in his stroll.

So, he confronted it with out concern as a result of Raymond had by no means feared loss of life. At that second, nothing mattered. Not even the truth that Ressler would discover his physique trampled on the bottom. Demise had arrived, and it did not shake him within the least.

That was how I noticed it; I am certain somebody noticed it in a different way.

It felt just like the writers intentionally needed to make an ambiguous ending to Raymond’s story due to how the episode was created.

There was a sombreness when Raymond left the home for the mountains. Dembe’s feelings overflowed after surviving a near-death state of affairs; coincidentally, Raymond’s loss of life was beckoning.

With all of the issues going by way of my thoughts…I additionally considered Raymond. Greater than anybody I’ve ever identified, he is all the time been at peace with loss of life. He says loss of life is inevitable. It is going to come for us all. And that inevitability robs loss of life fully of its significance. What issues are the issues that aren’t inevitable. The issues we create. The issues we discover. The left we take when the whole lot in our life is main us proper. How we reside. I’ve all the time beloved him for that.


The Spanish model of “My Way” insinuated that Reddington went out his personal manner. I do not suppose that may very well be farther from the reality.

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I understand how passionate we The Blacklist followers will be, so if we will hold the fervour to respectable ranges, that’d be nice.

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