"The Artax Network" is the twentieth episode of Season 3 of The Blacklist and the sixty-fourth episode overall.


Press ReleaseEdit

After an unexpected loss devastates the FBI task force, they must track down their assailants; a mysterious group whose agents operate using a worldwide satellite network. Meanwhile, Reddington is forced to confront a ghost from his past -- one who knows many of Red's secrets.

Number on The BlacklistEdit

  • 41

Unanswered QuestionsEdit

  1. Task force
    1. The task force is in a legal “gray/grey” area. They need the FBI’s resources, but they know that they cannot trust their superiors. That leaves restricted options for political maneuvering in the event Cooper needs to rally support.
    2. Why did Ressler and the others show surprise at Red not being present? He is on the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list.
      1. A: That hasn't stopped Red appearing at public events.
  2. Raymond Reddington
    1. What motivated Red to return?
      1. A: Probably to avenge Liz's death and destroy the Artax network.
    2. What happened to Red, Katarina Rostova, and Dom?
      1. A: Red went into the black market, Rostova is rumored to be dead or alive, and Dom retreated to the wilderness. Dom stated that Red is to blame for everything.
      2. Q: What happened that would force the characters to take such actions? Taking the above options implies a worst-case scenario where everything went wrong.
    3. What did Red drink that he found to have a bad taste?
      1. A: Buttermilk.
    4. Why did Red’s guards accept Samar Navabi’s badge? They know that law enforcement can be corrupted.
      1. A: Samar works for Reddington and the Task Force.
      2. Q: Then why did she need to show her badge?
  3. Artax Network
    1. Between the Cabal and the Artax Network, who can be trusted in the federal government?
    2. Was Cynthia Panabaker responsible for the release of Nez Rowan?
    3. How did the mercenaries at the “Eagle’s Nest” escape? There was no mention of an arrest.
    4. Did Aram salvage anything from the “Eagle’s Nest”?
    5. What is the extent of the Artax Network? They took control of a satellite network, have access to military equipment, have high-ranking allies in the government, and killed numerous Cabal agents in “Mr. Solomon” without caring about a counterattack.
      1. A: The Artax Network is not an organization. It is a network of satellites that the mystery organization was using.
      2. Q: The Artax Network was listed in the title as the blacklister. Similiar to the Monarch Douglas Bank.
      3. A: The Artax Network is a tool, not a person or organization.
      4. Q: The name could be used for both.
  4. Donald Ressler
    1. Ressler’s anger is continuing the theme of his emotions being a future liability to his career.
  5. Harold Cooper
    1. Why did Cooper suspect that Cynthia Panabaker was responsible for Rowan’s escape?
    2. Cooper’s meeting with Cynthia Panabaker shows that he has lost interest in his career and wants to destroy the black market factions regardless of the cost.
  6. Tom Keen
    1. How did Tom know where to find Cynthia Panabaker?
      1. A: Cooper gave Tom the coordinates to an airstrip because he suspected Panabaker was actually helping Rowan and Solomon.
  7. Benjamin Stalder
    1. Why did Stalder state that Elizabeth Keen was a fugitive? Somebody in his position should be better informed of current events.
    2. Why was Nez Rowan after Stalder?
  8. Dembe Zuma
    1. Why was Dembe not at Liz's funeral? We know he wasn't with Red at Cape May or at the cabin, so where was he?
      1. A: He was at the funeral. He can be seen carrying the coffin right beside Donald Ressler.
      2. Q: That wasn't Dembe, when it zooms in between Navabi and Ressler, you can see that it's a random character.

Slanders on the FBIEdit

  1. Why did the SWAT team not check for cameras before raiding the building?


Main starEdit

Guest starEdit


  • Laurence Blum as TAC Team Leader
  • Mark Alhadeff as Dr. Swanson
  • Hunter Emery as Houseman
  • Ian Lyons as Funeral Officiant
  • Greg Lynch as Agent Pierce
  • Quinn Franzen as HR Employee
  • Ray Crisara as Chief of Hotel Security
  • Gary Hilborn as Farrow
  • Blair Busbee as Zoe


External LinksEdit

Season 3 Episodes
 · The Troll Farmer  · Marvin Gerard  · Eli Matchett  · The Djinn  · Arioch Cain  · Sir Crispin Crandall  · Zal Bin Hasaan  · Kings of the Highway  · The Director  · The Director: Conclusion  · Mr. Gregory Devry  · The Vehm  · Alistair Pitt  · Lady Ambrosia  · Drexel  · The Caretaker  · Mr. Solomon  · Mr. Solomon: Conclusion  · Cape May  · The Artax Network  · Susan Hargrave  · Alexander Kirk  · Alexander Kirk: Conclusion  ·
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