Laurel Hitchin was a character on The Blacklist.


In the past, Hitchin was the Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

Season 3Edit

Arioch CainEdit

Laurel Hitchin is the chairwoman of the presidential commission.

Sir Crispin CrandallEdit

She likely was the person who added Peter Kotsiopulos to the task force to aid Ressler and the others to find Elizabeth Keen.

Zal Bin HasaanEdit

Laurel removes Peter Kotsiopulos from the task force.

Kings of the HighwayEdit

Laurel kills Reven Wright after Reven inquires into Laurel's assignment in Africa and her connections with Matias Solomon.

The DirectorEdit

Laurel explains to Peter Kotsiopulos that Reven Wright put protocols in place before she died, meaning that Elizabeth will be transferred within 3 hours to a federal courthouse to testify. Without knowing that Laurel is part of the Cabal, Donald Ressler reveals where Karakurt is being held. Laurel informs Peter Kotsiopulos who sends Matias Solomon to kill Karakurt. When Donald Ressler returns to escort Keen he tells Laurel that he knows she killed Reven Wright.

"The Director: Conclusion"Edit

Laurel meets with Kotsiopulos and insists on having Liz assassinated the next morning rather than that night. She hires an assassin to target Liz, posing as a warden. Awaiting Liz' death, Laurel is called by Red, who tells her that he has Kotsiopulos prisoner and will turn him over to the Hague to be tried for war crimes if Liz is killed. Knowing the disaster this will cause, Laurel desperately attempts to terminate the assassination, but fails, instead, calling Ressler in time to warn him. Red demands that Hitchin publicly exonerate Liz, sending Marvin Gerard to negotiate a deal with her. Hitchin agrees to exonerate Liz on all charges except the Thomas Connolly murder, as that Liz killed him in front of witnesses and he was unarmed. Instead, Laurel offers to let Liz plead to involuntary manslaughter and serve 3 years probation. It would keep her from returning to the FBI, but she would be a free woman. Laurel refuses to compromise any further, stating that she struggled to sell that much to the Attorney General. With Gerard's encouragement, Red reluctantly accepts the deal, as does Liz. Red demands that Liz shall remain on the task force as an asset, to which Hitchin agrees. In return, she asks Red to execute Kotsiopulos as he has become a liability to the Cabal. At a press conference, Laurel publicly exonerates Liz, issuing her an apology on behalf of the government for the ordeal.

"Susan Hargrave"Edit

Season 4Edit

"The Lindquist Concern"Edit

"Dr. Bogdan Krilov"Edit

Ressler is manipulated by Dr. Bogdan Krilov into thinking an eye witness had come forward about Reven Wright's Murder. Krilov implanted a false memory into Ressler that Laurel Hitchin had kidnapped the witness. Ressler confronts Hitchin at her home. Elizabeth Keen arrives and manages to calm Ressler down by tell him that his memory was manipulated. As Ressler is led out in handcuffs, Elizabeth confronts Hitchin that one day Hitchin will one day be dragged out in handcuffs and Hitchin laughs and says "never gonna happen".

"Mr. Kaplan: Conclusion"Edit

Reddington and Ressler discover Reven Wright's body, and blackmail Hitchin into derailing the Grand Jury so that the task force can walk free.

Donald Ressler later meets Laurel at her home to retrieve his badge and gun. Laurel taunts Ressler, causing him to push her back. She falls and hits her head on the kitchen counter, killing her instantly. Ressler calls Mitchell Hatley who arrives on the scene shortly after to clean the crime scene.

Season 5Edit

"Smokey Putnum"Edit

Laurel's corpse is found.

"The Informant"Edit

After Mitchell Hatley discovers Ressler is an agent, Donald Ressler faces the choice of killing Hatley or arresting him and being exposed for Laurel's death. Though Ressler chooses to arrest Hatley, he is killed by Reddington and Ressler's file removed before the FBI seizes all of the files.

In the aftermath of Hatley's arrest, Ressler prepares a signed confession for Harold Cooper in regards to Laurel's death. Cooper holds onto the confession, stating that he won't turn it in until the task force's work is done. He requests of Donald that he do the same with Cooper's own confession.

Unanswered QuestionsEdit

  1. What is Laurel's position? She held the rank of Assistant Secretary of State and has worked with the intelligence agencies, but her presidential commission and interactions with the task force seem to be a senate job.
    1. A: Reven introduced her to Ressler as the National Security Advisor in "Arioch Cain".


  • Hitchens's razor: "What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence." Another translation is: "Quod gratis asseritur, gratis negatur" ("what is freely asserted is freely dismissed"). This describes Hitchin's ability to survive since any allegation and/or accusation concerning the Cabal can be labelled a conspiracy theory, it is nearly impossible to locate hard evidence.


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