Mozhan Marno Speaks On Her Character’s Betrayal On ‘The Blacklist’ [SPOILERS]
A major plot twist was revealed on last night’s episode of The Blacklist.
MOZHAN MARNO ON THE BLACKLIST TWIST
The task force seems to have a mole within its walls, and its name is Samar (Mozhan Marno). It becomes obvious while the team is investigating a series of fatalities involved in a black ops incident that Samar was aware of the operation before it occurred. She has been working with her former Mossad colleagues and tips them off to protect them from prosecution.
The team finds out when Aram (Amir Arison) flags one of Samar’s Mossad buddies, and Samar pretends she doesn’t know him and says she’ll check out his credentials. She’s caught when Red (James Spader) reveals to the group that Samar and that man had worked together previously, so she was obviously covering something up. Samar says she acted to protect her country, to which Cooper (Harry Lennix) tells her to decide where her allegiance lies.
After the show, TVGuide.com released an interview with the actress to see how she felt about Samar’s betrayal. “I think her allegiances have been very murky this entire time, and we know that she’s come to the FBI by way of the Mossad, and she’s never fully relinquished her ties to the Mossad,” explained Marno. “So for me, reading it, it made sense to me.”
She also spoke about the budding relationship between Samar and Aram, which may be in jeopardy following this episode’s chain of events. “I think the feelings are genuine, and I think they do come as a surprise,” she said. “I think it’s an opposite attracts thing, but not just in style. [Aram] has certain qualities that I think [Samar] does not have that are greatly appealing, like just complete transparency and sincerity. It’s sort of the antithesis of her. She’s so secretive.”
At the end of the episode, Aram declares that he will no longer pursue a relationship with Samar because he can’t trust her, and he is done dating women he can’t trust. “I can only hope that that’s not the last we hear of that story,” said Marno. “I somehow think it won’t be.”
“I really don’t think anything like that is black and white,” Marno describes of her character’s loyalties. “I think that, in the end, justice is served. I think the thing about her is that she doesn’t care how you get to the end result. You just get to the end result. And so she’s the kind of person who’s like, “Why are you getting your knickers in a twist? We got him.” And somebody like Cooper, who is our administrative chief, is like, “No. There’s ways you go about this and there’s protocols. And those protocols exist for a reason.
“I actually see both sides to this. Protocols exist for a reason; transparency exists for a reason. But [Samar] is also kind of rogue. And also, the Mossad is an entity that’s a little rogue. They don’t capture people and put them on trial. They capture people and murder them. That’s how they roll. So it’s sort of like a different mission statement.”
Of her character’s fate, Marno is leaving it to the writers. “I don’t know. We’ll have to see.”