Sutton Ross (No. 17)
Ever since Mr. Kaplan dug up a mysterious suitcase before jumping to her death in last May’s finale fans have been waiting impatiently to know whose bones are in there. When the suitcase was switched out for a duffle bag to ease portability, our curiousity deepened. Don’t read on if you don’t want to be spoiled.
The bones are the remains of Raymond Reddington.
Yes, the real Raymond Reddington is dead and has been dead for 30 years.
So, who has been pretending to be Red, and why? Let’s recap.
Liz and Red go in pursuit of Sutton Ross, a blacklister who received the duffel bag from Ian Garvey in Costa Rica. Sutton was in serious legal trouble. Now, Sutton plans his revenge on Red by exposing the secret to the people Red is on the run from.
Liz and the FBI team get to Sutton first, and bring him in for interrogation. He demands that only Liz speak with him, with no surveillance in the room because he has seen the bones. He breaks it to her that she should sit, but then holds her hostage in exchange for his escape. The FBI allow him to get away.
Red arrives at the warehouse where Liz is being tortured and agrees to trade his own life for hers. Sutton agrees; if Red gives him the truth first. Before Red can confess, the FBI storm in and arrest Sutton. Red grabs the duffle bag, shoots and kills Sutton and escapes.
Later, Liz visits Tom’s grave and has a vision of him. She tells all, and then admits she has a secret too. Sutton told her the truth and set out to prove to that Red was keeping a massive secret from her. Jennifer traced Red’s DNA and it proved he wasn’t their Father. Jennifer and Liz conspire to take down the imposter who has murdered so many to conceal his true identity.
Red pays a visit to Liz’s grandfather, Dominic and burns every bone in the bag, as Dominic reminds him that Liz may not know hissecret, but she knows he’s got one. She’s never going let it go.