‘The Blacklist’: Katarina Calmly Explains to Liz Why It’s Actually a Good Thing She Abandoned Her (Exclusive Video)

Liz, if you just put the gun down, then she’ll tell you why she lied about being your mother

Oh, what a tangled web “The Blacklist” has weaved with the first half of its seventh season, which comes to a close tonight with the fall finale titled “Katarina Rostova.” And from TheWrap’s exclusive sneak peek from the installment, it’s very clear why the episode is named after Katarina (Laila Robins) — the woman who Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) has finally discovered is really her mother.

In the video above, we find Liz where she was at the end of last week’s episode, pointing a gun at the woman who she thought was her friendly neighbor and nanny, but has now revealed herself to be Katarina Rostova, her long-lost super-spy mommy.

To Katarina’s credit, she remains very calm while breaking this whole thing down for Liz, who tells Katarina “a mother protects her children.”

“I did protect you,” Katarina responds. “By leaving me?” Liz asks. “By hiding you. I was being hunted and I didn’t want you to be hunted, too.”

Hmm, OK. What about that whole moving in next door and not telling Liz who you really are, Kat? Was that also about protecting Liz?

“And to get to know you without our history getting in the way. And we did get to know each other, didn’t we? To like each other?” Katarina asks her daughter.

Watch the full clip above, to see if Liz ever puts down the gun, and check back with TheWrap after the episode to read our post-mortem interview with “The Blacklist” executive producers.

“The Blacklist” fall finale airs tonight, Friday, at 8/7c on NBC.