My wife and I have been watching this since the start. Last night’s episode (#11) really took the show to a whole new level. As JFrazer mentions, Spader’s character (Red) finally shows just how he earned his reputation, and it’s wonderfully acted by Spader in each and every scene. From the almost comical interaction with the banker and his wife, to the way he seemed to express real sorrow when talking with the paramedic, to the final scenes by the lake, it’s all Emmy-worthy stuff.
I did find last night’s episode somewhat confusing though. I missed parts of a couple of previous episodes, so I am unsure what is going on with the husband. Do Red and Elizabeth both know he was involved with another agency, or is there still something sinister yet to be uncovered there? Also, the whole thing with Red going through his network and settling scores with the folks who sold him out was fantastic, but who the hell was the final guy? Were we supposed to know him, or was he just a final cog in the machine meant only to show us the two sides of Red (“I’ll take care of your family”, “Look at the water…”).
I like how now he’ll go from having killed all these people to just showing back up at the Blacksite, ready to get back to work.