‘The Blacklist’ 6×21 Review: ‘Anna McMahon’

The Blacklist came in hot with the penultimate episode of season 6, and it’s all leading to an explosive season finale. Red and the Task Force finally uncovered the plot against the United States orchestrated by Anna McMahon, taking possession of the dossier that detailed the group’s plan to have the President assassinate…himself? I have to admit, they kind of lost me there.

It seemed like everything was leading up to the President being in on the whole conspiracy, but why would he want to plan his own assassination? Unless he wants to become some kind of martyr, it seems like Anna McMahon and her team may have kept this part of the plan a secret from the President. He could be in on the rest of the conspiracy, but not the part where he eventually, you know, gets assassinated.

Thankfully ‘Anna McMahon’ was a blissfully Red/Liz drama free episode. When Liz isn’t constantly worrying about her personal problems or lecturing Red, she’s actually pretty bearable. She still has her irritating “holier than thou” attitude, but she’s a capable agentĀ  when she’s not distracted by her personal life.

We also had another example of how Liz would have been killed a thousand times over if it wasn’t for Red’s protection. She was just about to get shot by one of the President’s secret service agents when Red came flying out of nowhere in his car to shoot the agent first before he could fire at Liz.

Liz was just standing there completely vulnerable and about to take a bullet , but you know turning him in to the police was a great idea because all the times he saved her life before wasn’t enough proof that she shouldn’t betray him (sigh).

But enough ranting about Liz Keen’s unfortunate personality, The Task Force has much bigger problems to worry about. At the end of ‘Anna McMahon’ the entire Task Force was arrested for murder.

Anna McMahon found a way to twist the murders of the President’s secret service agents around back on to the Task Force to make it look like they were traitors trying to take down the President, when really those agents were part of the conspiracy against the government.

The Task Force has been in a number of different dangerous situations with potentially fatal consequences, but nothing like this. I mean, how do you fight back against your own government when they’re framing you for treason?It was pretty disconcerting to see Ressler, Aram, and Cooper all taken away in handcuffs, especially when it was all the doing of someone as evil and conniving as Anna McMahon.

Fortunately Liz was on the phone with Red when it all went down, so he might be able to come up with a plan to buy the Task Force some time and get them out of trouble before things really spiral out of control. All I know is that if anyone can help them get out of this, it’s Red.

Unfortunately though, rescuing the Task Force might come at a high price for Red, because he is the one that Anna McMahon really wants to take down. When he steps in to help the Task Force she’s going to come at him with everything she has, and Red better be ready.

There’s definitely been some rough spots in the season (you all know I’m talking about the Liz putting Red on death row drama) but despite all that, it looks this season finale is going to be a really good one if the conclusion to this U.S. government conspiracy is as intense as it looks like it’s going to be.

Let me know in the comments, do you think Red and The Task Force will triumph over any McMahon? Or will there be fatal consequences for Red and everyone else trying to fight this conspiracy?

Check out the synopsis and trailer for the season 6 finale of The Blacklist below:


As the president’s true plan comes into focus, Liz and the task force fight to avert disaster. Red meets in secret with a man who holds information about his past.

The season finale of The Blacklist airs at 8/7c next Friday on NBC.

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