‘The Blacklist’ Season 9: Episode 19 Promo Photo Proves [Spoiler] Is Alive — for Now

The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 18 ended on a shocking cliffhanger. Raymond Reddington investigated his sneaking suspicion that Mr. Kaplan could be alive after all these years. His investigation led him to a building and Weecha and Red’s guards went in after “Mr. Kaplan.” The building exploded, but promo photos prove that this character is still alive.

Cooper talks with Red in The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 19. Santiago stands guard.
Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper, Mario Peguero as Santiago and James Spader as Raymond Reddington in ‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 | Will Hart/NBC

‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 Episode 18 ended on a cliffhanger

In The Blacklist Season 9, Red uncovered evidence that led him to believe that his former associate Mr. Kaplan is alive. In episode 18, he paid Kaplan’s sister Maureen a visit. Maureen told Red that Kaplan was training a woman named Clara Moore to be a cleaner shortly before she died. She also suspected that Clara and Kaplan were romantically involved.

Red tracks down Clara and, with some help from Teddy Brimley, learns that Clara really didn’t have any inkling that Kaplan could be alive. That is, until a few days ago when she received a note instructing her to meet “Kaplan” in an abandoned building. Red intercepts the note and heads to the meeting location. He appears to see Kaplan through the window, and Weecha goes in to bring her out. However, when she enters the building, Red loses contact with her and the building explodes.

Diany Rodriguez as Weecha Xiu, James Spader as Raymond Reddington in The Blacklist Season 9. Red and Weecha sit at a table waiting.
Diany Rodriguez as Weecha Xiu, James Spader as Raymond Reddington in ‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 | Will Hart /NBC

Weecha Xui survived the blast — but she appears to be seriously injured

At first, some fans saw the blast as a little suspicious. “The whole setup was to get Weecha out. She was working for Mr. Kaplan the whole time, as was her sister,” one Reddit user wrote. Weecha’s fate was left unknown after the blast, but thanks to promo photos for next week’s episode fans know that she survived.

We also know that she didn’t disappear in the aftermath. One photo shows Weecha in the hospital, appearing to be unconscious. Red places his hand on her forehead, clearly concerned. While it seems that Weecha initially survived the blast, it doesn’t rule out the possibility that she could die from her injuries.

This also doesn’t necessarily mean the Xui sisters couldn’t be working against Red. Many fans have also suggested that the figure seen inside the building was not actually Kaplan, but Maureen in disguise. The Blacklist Season 9 is approaching it’s end, and there are still so many unanswered questions.

James Spader as Raymond 'Red' Reddington and Diany Rodriguez as Weecha Xiu in The Blacklist Season 9. Weecha lays in a hospital bed. Red places his head on her forehead.
James Spader as Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington and Diany Rodriguez as Weecha Xiu in ‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 | Will Hart /NBC

Mierce returns for ‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 Episode 19

Mierce actor Karina Arroyave recently confirmed that she will return for The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 19. The actor wrote on Twitter, “Now that the cat’s out of the bag … Friday, May 6, 2022. Mierce returns to #TheBlacklist.” In light of the events of episode 18, Mierce’s return makes a lot more sense. Mierce will likely return in order to visit her sister in the hospital. Arroyave’s character hasn’t been seen since episode 8, when she left Red due to his obsession with digging into Liz’s death.

New episodes of The Blacklist air Fridays at 8 p.m. EST on NBC.

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