So just what is Alexander Kirk's relationship to Elizabeth Keen in The Blacklist Season 4? Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath dish on the details. Warning: the following article contains spoilers for The Blacklist Season 3 finale
Jon Bokenkamp has spoken about how devastated Red is over Liz's betrayal in The Blacklist Season 4, and what must really rub salt into the wound is the fact that Liz will potentially be building a close relationship with his mortal enemy, Alexander Kirk. In the closing moments of The Blacklist Season 3 finale Alexander Kirk told Liz that he was her father, and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, bosses Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath have teased Liz's relationship with Kirk. On how Liz feels in the last moments of the episode when Kirk is revealed as her father, Eisendrath said: "She doesn’t know what has happened to either Tom or her child, so she’s concerned about her family, and she’s terrified that the fantasy life that she had hoped to carve out with Tom by faking her death is destroyed."
As to whether Liz can trust Kirk, Bokenkamp suggested: "I don’t know why we wouldn’t believe him. Red’s said before that he’s not Liz’s father. This man shows up in her life and says he’s her father. Liz should take him at his word. She thought she shot her father. It raises a number of questions, which is going to be the joy of Season 4." Eisendrath added: "We cannot unpack a story point like she thinks she shot her father and then introduce a new element that completely negates it, because that would damage our relationship with the audience and their trust in the story that we’re telling. All of the things that you would point to and add up on one side of the ledger that might discount this guy’s story about his being her father, we are responsible for next year and in years to come to incorporate it into the story that we’ve already told."
Bokenkamp concluded by saying: "What I do promise is that Alexander Kirk and his relationship to Liz will ultimately give us a far deeper understanding of Red’s relationship to Liz in Season 4." So if Kirk is her father, why has Reddington been acting so paternally to her all of these years? Our guess is that Liz is actually Red's daughter, and was conceived from an affair with Katarina Rostova. Regardless, it sounds like we may finally find out some answers in the next season of The Blacklist. For regular updates on The Blacklist Season 4, click the green subscribe button below. Do you think Kirk is Liz's father?