‘Blindspot’ Recap: Why Await Life’s End

Blindspot ended its first season last night – and boy was it intense!

“Why Await Life’s End” opens immediately after the events of the last episode. Jane is in the shower, shaking, washing off the blood that got on her when Oscar shot Mayfair. Back at the FBI, Weller is panicking over his father’s deathbed confession: that Taylor is buried underneath the fort.

Weller tells Dr. Borden about it, hoping his father was delusional .Dr. Borden agrees this could be a possibility but also says that he could have been telling the truth, and Weller would know best. So after telling the team what happened, Weller leaves to speak to Sarah. Obviously, neither wants to believe their father is a murderer – but Weller has to be sure. Otherwise, he’ll be turning this over for the rest of his life. So the siblings drive to Clearfield, Pennsylvania, aka Weller’s childhood home.

Jane, meanwhile, is ignoring the FBI’s calls – which she can now that she no longer works there. Instead, she heads to the apartment Oscar showed her earlier in the season, where she finds a gun and a photo of her and Oscar underneath a mattress. This photo triggers a flashback, where Oscar is worried that the “Jane” he knows might not come back after the memory wipe. Jane tells Oscar they need to talk to “Shepherd,” because she doesn’t think Oscar should be her handler.

Allie arrives at the NYO to question Weller’s team about Mayfair’s disappearance. She doesn’t believe Mayfair hasn’t contacted them and gives them one chance to confess anything or else they’re “all going down for aiding and abetting.” Of course, nobody says anything – Patterson because she actually hasn’t heard from Mayfair, and Zapata and Reade due to their loyalties. Afterwards, a worried Zapata and Reade head to the address they gave Mayfair at the end of last week’s episode. There, Reade finds a shell casing. And since they can’t call CSU, they call Patterson instead.

Jane goes to Ana’s apartment. (Remember her? She’s the 17-year-old hacker Jane bonded with in “Cede Your Soul.”) She asks Ana to trace the emergency number Oscar gave her, but refuses to tell her what’s going on for her own safety. When Jane calls the fake pizza place and asks to cancel her order, the man refuses to let her. Luckily the conversation is long enough for Ana to triangulate a location so Jane heads out. Before she leaves, she tells Ana she owes her one, and Ana says, “You saved my life. I owe you a few.”

Weller and Sarah arrive at their childhood home, a place Weller hash’t been in 20 years. And the two begin the terrifying process of digging underneath the fort in their backyard. They hit a few false alarms – but are ultimately relieved to discover that there is no body. Their father was just dying.

Patterson goes to help Zapata and Reade, although she’s quite upset they didn’t tell her. They insist they were doing it to protect her, but Patterson points out that she would have been helping Mayfair. So the two apologize and are quickly forgiven. Unfortunately, all is not good news when Patterson finds massive amounts of residual blood.

Back at the FBI, Reade and Zapata are forced to come clean to Patterson about the secret investigation into Carter’s disappearance and the masked man who threatened Reade. Patterson is so upset she’s practically in tears. She tells the team they’re her family, and if somebody is threatening them they’re threatening her – but she can’t help them if they keep her in the dark. She doesn’t want something to happen to them she might be able to stop (are we seeing some residual guilt over David here?).

So the duo apologizes and the team makes up, before getting “back to committing numerous felonies.” After all, they’re not supposed to be investigating this case and are doing this all in secret. But they learn that the shell casing is of the same caliber as Mayfair’s ex-husband’s pistol. (Um, Mayfair was married? Whoa!) Then Patterson confirms the blood is Mayfair’s by comparing it to the samples they have on file.

The team tries to reach Weller but is unable since his phone is dead. Zapata thinks Mayfair must be dead; Reade and Patterson are more optimistic. They also decide to go to Mayfair’s house. It’s a sealed crime scene, but Zapata has extra seals in her car. Reade is worried since if they get caught, they’ll lose their jobs AND be thrown in jail. But the team goes for it anyway.

Jane lies in wait with a gun inside her contact’s trailer. As he walks up, she overhears him talk about 50 pounds of lye ordered under the name Donato. The contact notices something is off, and suddenly red vapors begin to fill the trailer. Jane jumps out the window and is immediately held at gunpoint.

So Jane lies and pretends that Cade has been following her all morning, and she’s worried he’s on to Oscar. So the contact sends Jane to a Harlem apartment. He says Oscar’s busy but Roman can take her upstate.

Of course, Jane ignores these instructions and heads back instead to Ana’s apartment to figure out where they’re getting the lye. Ana’s worried since 50 pounds of lye is how much you’d need to break down a body. Jane continues to refuse to tell her anything. After Ana finds the order, she tells Jane, “Pretty sure we’re even now.”

So Jane heads to the seller and follows Oscar after he picks up the lye. On her way, she listens to a voicemail from Weller. Weller tells her his father died last night. He says, “I wanted to tell you because when things happen to me in my life, you’re the first person I think about. And you always have been. I guess I just wanted to hear your voice. Hear you tell me everything’s gonna be okay. I’m really glad you’re back in my life, Taylor.”

Jane also has a flashback to when she and Oscar were sparring. Jane was trying to get Oscar to beat her in a fight because she’d likely come after him after the memory wipe before he won her trust back. Jane tells Oscar she doesn’t want his feelings clouding his judgment.

Jane then arrives at a barn, where she discovers what’s presumably Mayfair’s body covered with a tarp. But before she can check, Oscar zaps her with a stun gun.

Patterson, Reade, and Zapata arrive at Mayfair’s house. Patterson realizes that one painting has been changed and removes it to discover Mayfair’s safe. It’s a model that would take days to crack – but Zapata thinks Mayfair would have made it a code they could guess. Reade cracks it after seeing a pig, a dog, a snake, and a rat drawn onto the back of the painting. They’re Chinese zodiac signs, which means the code is the birth years of each team member. The team finds a USB key inside the safe.

Sarah and Weller are drinking in their house. Weller is thankful he got to see how good his father was with Sawyer, and the siblings remind each other how much their father loved each of them. When they run out of beer, Weller goes to the garage to look for another six-pack. But he sees a bag there that reminds him of something. He tells Sarah he’ll be back in a bit then practically races away in his car as Sarah tries to chase after him.

Remember how Weller said he, his father, and Taylor used to go camping? It turns out one of those places was called Fort Boone – and it was Taylor’s favorite place in the whole world.

We then get another flashback with Jane and Oscar. Oscar tells Jane it feels like the end. Jane tells Oscar she never thought any of this would be possible for her and didn’t believe it when Shepherd said it was. She promises they’ll “find each other again on the other side of all this” – and they kiss before telling a strange man they’re ready.

In the present day, Jane wakes up to find herself tied up and Oscar in front of her. Oscar apologizes for failing her, then reveals that their relationship is so compromised he’s going to wipe her memory again. Oscar tells Jane she has no idea who she is. Jane insists she’s just starting to feel like herself again. She knows that they were in love, that she made this plan, and that she was Taylor Shaw.

Oscar says they were in love and Jane did create this plan – but she isn’t Taylor Shaw. As he says so, we see Weller’s shovel hit a small rainboot with a leg in it. Weller screams.

Meanwhile, Patterson, Zapata, and Reade learn that Mayfair encrypted her files. The lock screen reads, “To expose the clues just use the key/One query solves the puzzle/Guess for whom the bell tolls.” The key below it? LMNWUUY. Zapata suggests they enter the key as is. So they do. But then they get a notification that with one more wrong attempt, the drive will self-delete.

Back in the barn, Oscar begins to explain to Jane a little of what’s going on. Her DNA matched Taylor’s because they broke into the evidence locker in Clearfield and replaced Taylor’s evidence samples with Jane’s. Oscar calling her Taylor was Jane’s idea; she knew she’d be convinced she was Taylor so she didn’t want to shift her narrative more than she had to. They needed her to be Taylor because of Weller. Phase One of the plan was to kick Mayfair out, but they didn’t want her replaced by somebody worse. So in order for Kurt to be the clear successor, they used the tattoos to give him wins and simultaneously take down their enemies. And if he was convinced Jane was Taylor, they’d be able to control him.

Oscar also tells Jane she wasn’t supposed to have the flashbacks, so Marcos was clearly too conservative with the dose. Jane realizes Marcos was the bearded man who warned her about the organization and that it was Oscar, not Cade, who killed Marcos that night. Marcos was also the doctor who got caught on film killing Chao way early on in the season. Shepherd wanted Marcos dead because he left a trace – which is when Marcos panicked and tried to turn Jane against them. Cade tried to kill Jane because Marcos was like a brother to him.

Oscar also reveals that Shepherd is their leader and the reason they’re here. Jane realizes Oscar’s scared of Shepherd; Oscar merely replies that this country is on the brink of collapse since the government doesn’t care about its people. That’s why Phase Two is about burning it to the ground because “only from the ashes can [we] rise.” He also tells Jane, “You promised you’d love me no matter what. I’m really sorry this is what it’s going to take.”

Jane warns Oscar that he left a trace too since Mayfair found him. She asks him whether Shepherd knows this and what’ll happen to Oscar. Oscar merely ignores her and goes to inject her with the poison…except Jane naturally fights back and gets herself out of the chair. She claims to arrest him even though she’s no longer FBI and doesn’t have the right, and the two begin to fight, knocking down a lamp and starting a fire. Oscar is reluctant because he doesn’t want to hurt her.

Still, the two fight and at one point, Jane picks up an ax and tries to use it to fight off Oscar. But she accidentally stabs him in the stomach, knocking him into the fire. Jane is clearly horrified but she has to leave before the fire consumes her too. She barely escapes before flames engulf the barn, with Oscar’s corpse still in it. Before she leaves, she spray paints Oscar’s truck: For Marcos.

Back at the FBI, Patterson discovers the instructions sound so weird because they’re a pangram that uses every letter of the alphabet except four: A, D, I, V. The letters spell out David, so Mayfair wrote this for Patterson, and it’s the key to unlocking the code. Zapata suggests this might be a Vigenére cipher. (That’s the same tool they used to decode Jane’s first tattoo; it’s a method of encrypting alphabetic text based on the letters of the keyword.)

The code? I’m sorry.

And the team finds two files, one labeled Daylight and the other labeled Orion. When they click on Orion, a plethora of documents opens up. As the team wonders what Mayfair got caught up in, they realize now they’re in it too.

The episode ends with Jane arriving home and finding Kurt in her apartment. She’s desperate to tell him the truth but she’s too late. He tells her that Taylor Shaw is dead, which means Jane can’t possibly be her and couldn’t have remembered all the things she claimed. He’s furious that his father killed Taylor and that he let him back into his life because of Jane. He then pulls a gun on Jane and arrests her as Jane sobs.

“Whatever this is, whatever it was about, it’s finished,” Kurt says.

Overall, I really enjoyed “Why Await Life’s End” as a satisfying and dramatic ending to Blindspot‘s first season intensified by the quick switches between storylines. The Taylor reveal wasn’t a huge surprise. After all, Kurt was ignoring the blatant evidence that Jane was born in South Africa, not even telling her about it. Still, it was nice to learn how Oscar’s team pulled that off. I was, however, surprised both by Oscar’s death and the Orion reveal. I’m eager to see what we’ll learn about Mayfair next season even after she’s dead (although the fact that we haven’t seen her body is still a little suspicious). As for Oscar, I am sad to see him go but mostly wonder how his death will affect Jane next season. He was her strongest link to her real past, after all. Also, I’m a little disappointed since I still think he and Jane have WAY more chemistry than Jane and Weller. Their romance is non-existent now, but it could happen in the future, right?

I also loved how we saw the team work without Jane and how incredibly close they are. Zapata hugging Weller after he told them of his father’s death was really sweet, as was Patterson’s clear worry for Mayfair, Zapata, and Reade. It will be interesting to see how Jane’s betrayal affects each person individually and the group dynamic. I’m also REALLY curious about the apology Mayfair gave Patterson. What did she have to do with David’s death?

All this aside, I had one major issue with this episode, and that was Jane’s arrest. Clearly, Weller is taking out some of his anger at his father onto Jane…but what is his justification for her arrest??? Weller has no idea what crimes Jane has committed. He only knows she’s not Taylor Shaw. But he’s the one who told her she was, and as far as I can tell, impersonating someone isn’t a crime in and of itself. (I literally looked this up.) At the very least, I hope Jane gets a good lawyer in the second season premiere.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of Jeff Neumann/NBC

Blindspot ended its first season last night – and boy was it intense!

“Why Await Life’s End” opens immediately after the events of the last episode. Jane is in the shower, shaking, washing off the blood that got on her when Oscar shot Mayfair. Back at the FBI, Weller is panicking over his father’s deathbed confession: that Taylor is buried underneath the fort.

Weller tells Dr. Borden about it, hoping his father was delusional .Dr. Borden agrees this could be a possibility but also says that he could have been telling the truth, and Weller would know best. So after telling the team what happened, Weller leaves to speak to Sarah. Obviously, neither wants to believe their father is a murderer – but Weller has to be sure. Otherwise, he’ll be turning this over for the rest of his life. So the siblings drive to Clearfield, Pennsylvania, aka Weller’s childhood home.

Jane, meanwhile, is ignoring the FBI’s calls – which she can now that she no longer works there. Instead, she heads to the apartment Oscar showed her earlier in the season, where she finds a gun and a photo of her and Oscar underneath a mattress. This photo triggers a flashback, where Oscar is worried that the “Jane” he knows might not come back after the memory wipe. Jane tells Oscar they need to talk to “Shepherd,” because she doesn’t think Oscar should be her handler.

Allie arrives at the NYO to question Weller’s team about Mayfair’s disappearance. She doesn’t believe Mayfair hasn’t contacted them and gives them one chance to confess anything or else they’re “all going down for aiding and abetting.” Of course, nobody says anything – Patterson because she actually hasn’t heard from Mayfair, and Zapata and Reade due to their loyalties. Afterwards, a worried Zapata and Reade head to the address they gave Mayfair at the end of last week’s episode. There, Reade finds a shell casing. And since they can’t call CSU, they call Patterson instead.

Jane goes to Ana’s apartment. (Remember her? She’s the 17-year-old hacker Jane bonded with in “Cede Your Soul.”) She asks Ana to trace the emergency number Oscar gave her, but refuses to tell her what’s going on for her own safety. When Jane calls the fake pizza place and asks to cancel her order, the man refuses to let her. Luckily the conversation is long enough for Ana to triangulate a location so Jane heads out. Before she leaves, she tells Ana she owes her one, and Ana says, “You saved my life. I owe you a few.”

Weller and Sarah arrive at their childhood home, a place Weller hash’t been in 20 years. And the two begin the terrifying process of digging underneath the fort in their backyard. They hit a few false alarms – but are ultimately relieved to discover that there is no body. Their father was just dying.

Patterson goes to help Zapata and Reade, although she’s quite upset they didn’t tell her. They insist they were doing it to protect her, but Patterson points out that she would have been helping Mayfair. So the two apologize and are quickly forgiven. Unfortunately, all is not good news when Patterson finds massive amounts of residual blood.

Back at the FBI, Reade and Zapata are forced to come clean to Patterson about the secret investigation into Carter’s disappearance and the masked man who threatened Reade. Patterson is so upset she’s practically in tears. She tells the team they’re her family, and if somebody is threatening them they’re threatening her – but she can’t help them if they keep her in the dark. She doesn’t want something to happen to them she might be able to stop (are we seeing some residual guilt over David here?).

So the duo apologizes and the team makes up, before getting “back to committing numerous felonies.” After all, they’re not supposed to be investigating this case and are doing this all in secret. But they learn that the shell casing is of the same caliber as Mayfair’s ex-husband’s pistol. (Um, Mayfair was married? Whoa!) Then Patterson confirms the blood is Mayfair’s by comparing it to the samples they have on file.

The team tries to reach Weller but is unable since his phone is dead. Zapata thinks Mayfair must be dead; Reade and Patterson are more optimistic. They also decide to go to Mayfair’s house. It’s a sealed crime scene, but Zapata has extra seals in her car. Reade is worried since if they get caught, they’ll lose their jobs AND be thrown in jail. But the team goes for it anyway.

Jane lies in wait with a gun inside her contact’s trailer. As he walks up, she overhears him talk about 50 pounds of lye ordered under the name Donato. The contact notices something is off, and suddenly red vapors begin to fill the trailer. Jane jumps out the window and is immediately held at gunpoint.

So Jane lies and pretends that Cade has been following her all morning, and she’s worried he’s on to Oscar. So the contact sends Jane to a Harlem apartment. He says Oscar’s busy but Roman can take her upstate.

Of course, Jane ignores these instructions and heads back instead to Ana’s apartment to figure out where they’re getting the lye. Ana’s worried since 50 pounds of lye is how much you’d need to break down a body. Jane continues to refuse to tell her anything. After Ana finds the order, she tells Jane, “Pretty sure we’re even now.”

So Jane heads to the seller and follows Oscar after he picks up the lye. On her way, she listens to a voicemail from Weller. Weller tells her his father died last night. He says, “I wanted to tell you because when things happen to me in my life, you’re the first person I think about. And you always have been. I guess I just wanted to hear your voice. Hear you tell me everything’s gonna be okay. I’m really glad you’re back in my life, Taylor.”

Jane also has a flashback to when she and Oscar were sparring. Jane was trying to get Oscar to beat her in a fight because she’d likely come after him after the memory wipe before he won her trust back. Jane tells Oscar she doesn’t want his feelings clouding his judgment.

Jane then arrives at a barn, where she discovers what’s presumably Mayfair’s body covered with a tarp. But before she can check, Oscar zaps her with a stun gun.

Patterson, Reade, and Zapata arrive at Mayfair’s house. Patterson realizes that one painting has been changed and removes it to discover Mayfair’s safe. It’s a model that would take days to crack – but Zapata thinks Mayfair would have made it a code they could guess. Reade cracks it after seeing a pig, a dog, a snake, and a rat drawn onto the back of the painting. They’re Chinese zodiac signs, which means the code is the birth years of each team member. The team finds a USB key inside the safe.

Sarah and Weller are drinking in their house. Weller is thankful he got to see how good his father was with Sawyer, and the siblings remind each other how much their father loved each of them. When they run out of beer, Weller goes to the garage to look for another six-pack. But he sees a bag there that reminds him of something. He tells Sarah he’ll be back in a bit then practically races away in his car as Sarah tries to chase after him.

Remember how Weller said he, his father, and Taylor used to go camping? It turns out one of those places was called Fort Boone – and it was Taylor’s favorite place in the whole world.

We then get another flashback with Jane and Oscar. Oscar tells Jane it feels like the end. Jane tells Oscar she never thought any of this would be possible for her and didn’t believe it when Shepherd said it was. She promises they’ll “find each other again on the other side of all this” – and they kiss before telling a strange man they’re ready.

In the present day, Jane wakes up to find herself tied up and Oscar in front of her. Oscar apologizes for failing her, then reveals that their relationship is so compromised he’s going to wipe her memory again. Oscar tells Jane she has no idea who she is. Jane insists she’s just starting to feel like herself again. She knows that they were in love, that she made this plan, and that she was Taylor Shaw.

Oscar says they were in love and Jane did create this plan – but she isn’t Taylor Shaw. As he says so, we see Weller’s shovel hit a small rainboot with a leg in it. Weller screams.

Meanwhile, Patterson, Zapata, and Reade learn that Mayfair encrypted her files. The lock screen reads, “To expose the clues just use the key/One query solves the puzzle/Guess for whom the bell tolls.” The key below it? LMNWUUY. Zapata suggests they enter the key as is. So they do. But then they get a notification that with one more wrong attempt, the drive will self-delete.

Back in the barn, Oscar begins to explain to Jane a little of what’s going on. Her DNA matched Taylor’s because they broke into the evidence locker in Clearfield and replaced Taylor’s evidence samples with Jane’s. Oscar calling her Taylor was Jane’s idea; she knew she’d be convinced she was Taylor so she didn’t want to shift her narrative more than she had to. They needed her to be Taylor because of Weller. Phase One of the plan was to kick Mayfair out, but they didn’t want her replaced by somebody worse. So in order for Kurt to be the clear successor, they used the tattoos to give him wins and simultaneously take down their enemies. And if he was convinced Jane was Taylor, they’d be able to control him.

Oscar also tells Jane she wasn’t supposed to have the flashbacks, so Marcos was clearly too conservative with the dose. Jane realizes Marcos was the bearded man who warned her about the organization and that it was Oscar, not Cade, who killed Marcos that night. Marcos was also the doctor who got caught on film killing Chao way early on in the season. Shepherd wanted Marcos dead because he left a trace – which is when Marcos panicked and tried to turn Jane against them. Cade tried to kill Jane because Marcos was like a brother to him.

Oscar also reveals that Shepherd is their leader and the reason they’re here. Jane realizes Oscar’s scared of Shepherd; Oscar merely replies that this country is on the brink of collapse since the government doesn’t care about its people. That’s why Phase Two is about burning it to the ground because “only from the ashes can [we] rise.” He also tells Jane, “You promised you’d love me no matter what. I’m really sorry this is what it’s going to take.”

Jane warns Oscar that he left a trace too since Mayfair found him. She asks him whether Shepherd knows this and what’ll happen to Oscar. Oscar merely ignores her and goes to inject her with the poison…except Jane naturally fights back and gets herself out of the chair. She claims to arrest him even though she’s no longer FBI and doesn’t have the right, and the two begin to fight, knocking down a lamp and starting a fire. Oscar is reluctant because he doesn’t want to hurt her.

Still, the two fight and at one point, Jane picks up an ax and tries to use it to fight off Oscar. But she accidentally stabs him in the stomach, knocking him into the fire. Jane is clearly horrified but she has to leave before the fire consumes her too. She barely escapes before flames engulf the barn, with Oscar’s corpse still in it. Before she leaves, she spray paints Oscar’s truck: For Marcos.

Back at the FBI, Patterson discovers the instructions sound so weird because they’re a pangram that uses every letter of the alphabet except four: A, D, I, V. The letters spell out David, so Mayfair wrote this for Patterson, and it’s the key to unlocking the code. Zapata suggests this might be a Vigenére cipher. (That’s the same tool they used to decode Jane’s first tattoo; it’s a method of encrypting alphabetic text based on the letters of the keyword.)

The code? I’m sorry.

And the team finds two files, one labeled Daylight and the other labeled Orion. When they click on Orion, a plethora of documents opens up. As the team wonders what Mayfair got caught up in, they realize now they’re in it too.

The episode ends with Jane arriving home and finding Kurt in her apartment. She’s desperate to tell him the truth but she’s too late. He tells her that Taylor Shaw is dead, which means Jane can’t possibly be her and couldn’t have remembered all the things she claimed. He’s furious that his father killed Taylor and that he let him back into his life because of Jane. He then pulls a gun on Jane and arrests her as Jane sobs.

“Whatever this is, whatever it was about, it’s finished,” Kurt says.

Overall, I really enjoyed “Why Await Life’s End” as a satisfying and dramatic ending to Blindspot‘s first season intensified by the quick switches between storylines. The Taylor reveal wasn’t a huge surprise. After all, Kurt was ignoring the blatant evidence that Jane was born in South Africa, not even telling her about it. Still, it was nice to learn how Oscar’s team pulled that off. I was, however, surprised both by Oscar’s death and the Orion reveal. I’m eager to see what we’ll learn about Mayfair next season even after she’s dead (although the fact that we haven’t seen her body is still a little suspicious). As for Oscar, I am sad to see him go but mostly wonder how his death will affect Jane next season. He was her strongest link to her real past, after all. Also, I’m a little disappointed since I still think he and Jane have WAY more chemistry than Jane and Weller. Their romance is non-existent now, but it could happen in the future, right?

I also loved how we saw the team work without Jane and how incredibly close they are. Zapata hugging Weller after he told them of his father’s death was really sweet, as was Patterson’s clear worry for Mayfair, Zapata, and Reade. It will be interesting to see how Jane’s betrayal affects each person individually and the group dynamic. I’m also REALLY curious about the apology Mayfair gave Patterson. What did she have to do with David’s death?

All this aside, I had one major issue with this episode, and that was Jane’s arrest. Clearly, Weller is taking out some of his anger at his father onto Jane…but what is his justification for her arrest??? Weller has no idea what crimes Jane has committed. He only knows she’s not Taylor Shaw. But he’s the one who told her she was, and as far as I can tell, impersonating someone isn’t a crime in and of itself. (I literally looked this up.) At the very least, I hope Jane gets a good lawyer in the second season premiere.

Liked this? Check out last week’s recap!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Image Courtesy of Jeff Neumann/NBC

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