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The Criminal & The Bodyguard [Red&Dembe|James&Hisham] #12: "Do you think that I see your pain?" "No. I don't. Not always."


the criminal & the bodyguard
Red & Dembe | James & Hisham
t w e l f t h • a p p r e c i a t i o n • t h r e a d






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When Raymond Reddington surrendered himself to the FBI to work with them, he only wanted him as his bodyguard. Dembe Zuma, a former freedom fighter from South Sudan. Red found Dembe when he was fourteen years old after he lost his entire family. Red took care of Dembe and they became like father and son. They would do anything for eachother. Everywhere Red goes Dembe is one step behind him. To protect and help the man that saved his life.



the first time we met them


Gif by Aga



quotes
— s e a s o n one —

"Raymond! Ours is a friendship forged once in this life and again in the next. Goodbye, my brother."
Episode 1x09

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quotes
— s e a s o n two —

Dembe: "Raymond don’t. That was then. It serves no purpose to kill him now."
Red: "You see that, Geoff? That is what a good man does. That is what separates men like him from men like you and me."
Episode 2x06

Dembe: "You need to tell her, Raymond."
Red: "Tell her what?"
Dembe: "About Tom. You should have told her some time ago."
Red: "I don't know how to do that, Dembe."
Dembe: "Yes, you do. You tell her the truth by telling her everything."
Red: "I don't think I can do that."
Dembe: "Maybe you should stop thinking about it and do it."
Episode 2x15

Dembe: "The doctor says you did well."
Red: "Elizabeth?"
Dembe: "She's fine."
Red: "You need to go to my flat."
Dembe: "I'm taking care of it."
Red: "You were right, Dembe. I should've told her."
Dembe: "I understand why you didn't."
Red: "No, you don't. The blessing of an honest man."
Episode 2x19

Red: "That's enough for today."
Dembe: "Just one more lap, Raymond. This is an important part of your therapy."
Red: "You should have let me die, Dembe. Nobody told me about this aimless walking."
Episode 2x20




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quotes
— s e a s o n three —

Red: "Dembe is more than an associate to me. Please find him."
Episode 3x04

Red: "Dembe. Dembe. We're going to get you well."
Episode 3x05

Red: "Does anything appear out of the ordinary?"
Dembe: "No. But I don't like this Raymond."
Red: "We're less than an hour behind you and Ian will be there any minute to open the store. The care package will be there soon after."
Dembe: "I should be with you."
Red: "You will be in less than hour. Oh and don't forget that other matter that we discussed."
Episode 3x08

*Dembe and Red listening to Brenda and Gerald singing in the woods*
Dembe: "That's enough."
Red: "Ok, then."
Episode 3x12

Red: "Were here for the Fugu kimo."
Dembe: "Fugu kimo?"
Red: "Blowfish liver. Contains a poison 1200 times deadlier than cyanide. So lethal a single fish can kill 30 grown men."
Dembe: "People eat this?"
Red: "Not legally, no, but as with most dangerous endeavors, there are those who feel compelled. Tetrodotoxin first creates a tingling in the lips, then the hands. If you’re lucky and your chef is meticulous, you can survive with a story and an adrenaline rush. But if you’re not, the poison can kill you in minutes."
Episode 3x15

Dembe: "She deserves the truth."
Red: "Watch the road, Dembe."
Episode 3x16

Red: "This is above and beyond my friend. Above and beyond."
Dembe: "Is that it?"
Red: "If anything happened to me this was to go to Elizabeth. So she'd know. Now I'm not sure I ever want her to know."
Dembe: "Perhaps Raymond, in this case what you want is irrelevant. If the universe wants her to know, she will find a way."
Episode 3x16

Red: "I'm sorry, Dembe."
Dembe: "I know, Raymond."
Episode 3x18

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— s e a s o n four —
Dembe: "It won't come."
Red: "What?"
Dembe: "Forgiveness for Kate. For what I did."
Red: "You did nothing."
Dembe. "Exactly."
Episode 4x05

Red: "Fish him out of the tub. And Dembe while you're at it, you should have him take a look at that mole."
Dembe: "It's a freckle."
Episode 4x05

Red: "Found the teacup. Oh! And the banana. That's 11. One more. Don't tell me."
Dembe: "Raymond."
Red: "One second."
Dembe: "The sailboat."
Red: "Oh! Why'd you.. Oh! Show-off."
Episode 4x07

Dembe: "It was Kirk's men at the hospital."
Red: "Did Elizabeth get out? "
Dembe: "She was taken by Kirk."
Red: "Well, she'll be safe with him until Kirk's doctors confirm she's not his daughter, but we don't have much time."
Episode 4x08

Dembe: " We can find her."
Red: "There's no more time."
Dembe: "He'll kill you, no matter what you do or say. You can't go."
Red: "It's Elizabeth."
Dembe: "If we can get the woman.."
Red: "It's too late for her to save Elizabeth."
Dembe: "But perhaps she can save you."
Red: "Forgive me. For Kate. For everything."
Episode 4x08

Dembe: "That's what this was all about, replacing Kate."
Red: "Kate is irreplaceable."
Dembe: "To me, she is."
Episode 4x10

Dembe: "Raymond. I told her because I felt it was important for her to know."
Red: "I understand."
Episode 4x11

Dembe: "Raymond. Are you sure about this? Bringing them all together in one location. It's dangerous."
Red: "One of our most trusted confidantes intends to do irrevocable damage to the organization. Needs to be comforted swiftly."
Dembe: "It's dangerous."
Red: "There's a traitor in the family. I intend to find them."
Episode 4x15

Dembe: "What are you doing there Raymond?"
Red: "Trying to find you."
Dembe: "Isabella and Elle?"
Red: "They are perfectly safe. What are you doing Dembe? Because everything you seems to be doing is making you look guilty."
Dembe: "We are both guilty Raymond. I came here to see for myself. She is not here."
Red: "Who’s not? What are you saying?"
Episode 4x16

Red: "With you done for the count they last few days I’ve felt the consequences of your absence on my soul."
Dembe: "So you bought me shoes?"
Red: "No, no, no, not now. And not shoes. A parting gift."
Dembe: "I don’t understand Raymond."
Red: "Most of my associates are under the impression that once I granted them a favor they’re indebted to me for life but that is a false assumption.
They are indebted to me because I make them a lot of money. They’re loyal to me because I’ve earned it. It’s good business. But at the end of the day it's just business. In service of what? Safety, security. Health and wellbeing for the ones we love. Well I really only have one friend. You’re my friend. And I misjudged you in a way that no apology can sufis. I’m ashamed of that. I want you to keep that box and on the day you decide to leave.."
Dembe: "I’m not going to leave."
Red: "But you can. At any point of your own choosing, I’ll insist that you do. No questions asked. With our friendship intact and flourishing. For we’ll have new plans to discover. Not as co-workers but as cohorts. Whether it’s today or tomorrow or ten years from now, that is when you open the box."
Episode 4x18

Dembe: "As soon as we hit the road, we'll find a way to the jet."
Red: "The jet is sitting on one of Werner's air strips. No doubt his men are on it right now drinking my scotch and seeing who fits in my suits."
Dembe: "Then we'll have to find another way out of here."
Red: "Without Werner or his contacts, shipping lanes, airfields, I can't do anything from Gibraltar to the Urals. Every piece of his machinery is up in the air now, and where they land is anybody's guess. For the time being, we'll have to be comfortable with chaos."
Episode 4x19

Dembe: "You're having doubts."
Red: "I am. I haven't loved many people in my life. Kate is one of them. You know, as much as her betrayal hurt, what really hurt was knowing what I would have to do in response. She was wrong to think Elizabeth and her child were safer without me in their lives. But in the end, she was.. she did what she did out of love for the little girl she swore to protect what seems like a lifetime ago."
Dembe: "It broke my heart, that day in the woods. Hearing the gunshot. Leaving her behind. Right or wrong, it was between you and her. This war she started must stop. Kate must be stopped."
Red: "I agree. I'm just not at all sure of the right way. And depending on the way, whether I'd be up to it. I need to look her in the face and see if I still recognize her."
Dembe: "Raymond, she has gone too far all to prove that you have gone too far. She can't see what she's become."
Red: "What if I'm the one who can't see?"
Dembe: "No, Raymond. Remember why you surrendered yourself to the FBI in the first place? Remember what all of this was about. You can't give up now. You can't let Kate destroy everything that gives you purpose. Our work is not yet done. I loved Kate, too, but it's time to end this. Stop it. Stop her."
Episode 4x20

Dembe: "This is a mistake."
Red: "Perhaps."
Dembe: "Your purpose is to protect Elizabeth, but mine is to protect you. If things get very bad, this will make that impossible."
Episode 4x21

Dembe: "You didn't deny it?"
Red: "I didn't."
Dembe: "And she thinks that's Kate secret?"
Red: "Yes."
Dembe: "So she doesn't know about the suitcase?"
Red: "Not yet. It is gone."
Dembe: "Raymond I'm not sure Elizabeth will ever be ready to learn about what you did to Katarina."
Red: "We got to find that goddamn suitcase."
Episode 4x22




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quotes
— s e a s o n five —

Dembe: "I was able to trace the suitcase to a bus station in Columbia Heights. But it's gone. No witnesses, no surveillance."
Red: "Dembe, one of Kaplan's associates has to have it. We need to find that suitcase before it finds its way to Elizabeth."
Episode 5x01

Red: "I thought I'd lost you."
Dembe: "Not yet, old friend."
Red: "The world can be such an unsparingly savage place. One could be forgiven for believing that evil will triumph in the end."
Dembe: "Those who believe so are wrong."
Red: "If you'd died today, like that, it would be all the proof I needed that you are the one who is wrong."
Dembe: "And here I am."
Red: "And here you are."
Episode 5x07

Dembe: "I've already been approved for transport."
Red: "You went in to get a name. You got it. Mission accomplished."
Dembe: "People are dying."
Red: "Which is why you mustn't go."
Dembe: "Or why I must. I know what it feels like to be seen as less than human. A thing transported for money. You saved me from that. Which is why I know you'll want me to try and save others."
Red: "I'll fly you back to Thessaloniki, then head up to Berlin and wait for your arrival. If we lose contact, the Task Force will track you from the point of departure. And I can work backwards from the destination until we find you."
Dembe: "If something goes wrong.."
Red: "It won’t. If it does I'll look after your family."
Dembe: "I know you will. But my concern is, who will look after you?"
Episode 5x07

Dembe: What makes you think they're at the house?
Red: He's in trouble, he's desperate. But he won't leave without Elizabeth and Agnes.
Dembe: You haven't asked my opinion.
Red: No, I haven't.
Dembe: Why can't you be honest with her?
Red: I don't know. I don't know.
Dembe: Even after everything that's happened? All that's been lost?
Episode 5x08

Red: "You're always telling me to make peace, I've made peace."
Dembe: "You're still lying to him and to Elizabeth. Until you stop lying, there will be no peace."
Episode 5x08

Dembe: "This means everything to her."
Red: "And to me."
Dembe: "For a different reason. She doesn't know what, but she knows. "Clever turn of phrase" is a polite way of saying you're being dishonest."
Episode 5x12

Dembe: "Edward has fueled the jet. If you insist, we can leave within the hour."
Red: "You're a good friend who takes better care of me than I deserve."
Episode 5x20
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quotes
— s e a s o n six —

Red: "You do know I didn't really ask you here to give me spiritual advice, right?"
Dembe: "I'm going to give you some anyway. Be honest. Tell Elizabeth the truth."
Red: "Everything rests on this."
Dembe: "Money rests on this. Power. Not peace of mind."
Red: "Something has to be done."
Dembe: "It is. You are fighting for your freedom. Every day I pray that you get it. For now, you must leave the rest to fate."
Red: "I make my own fate."
Dembe: "Not from here."
Red: "I'm asking you to do this."
Dembe: "And I am trying to save your soul."
Episode 6x05

Red: "I have something more urgent for you to handle."
Dembe: "More urgent than finding a way to restore your immunity agreement?"
Red: "Elizabeth knows. She knows I was once someone else. She doesn't know who, but she is looking for someone who can tell her. Marguerite Renard. We need to get to Renard before she does."
Dembe: "How does she learn about Renard?"
Red: "I don't know. And we don't have time to find out, because after I tell you how to locate Renard, I'm also gonna tell Elizabeth."
Dembe: "Why would you do that?"
Red: "Because she's looking for her sister, Jennifer, who was kidnapped and possibly taken to a place where Renard is located. Telling Elizabeth may be the only way to save Jennifer's life."
Dembe: "You're doing the right thing."
Red: "That may be. You just get to Renard first so I don't regret it."
Episode 6x08

Red: "Did she say anything before you got there?"
Dembe: "To Jennifer? Yes. That Katarina arranged the procedure. Nothing more."
Red: "That's more than enough. You know what needs to be done."
Dembe: "There are alternatives."
Red: "There were before, not now. Not when she mentioned Katarina. Now Elizabeth will stop at nothing. Wherever we put Renard, she'll be found, and she'll talk. I'd do it myself if I could, but I can't, and it must be done."
Dembe: "I understand."
Episode 6x08

Red: "Someone identified me to the caller. We both know who and why."
Dembe: "You have no proof it was Elizabeth."
Red: "No. And I hope I'm wrong, but she's hunting for my past. And putting me here makes it more likely she'll find it."
Dembe: "Raymond, you're facing the death penalty. She would never put you in that position."
Red: "Try to identify the person on the tape."
Episode 6x09

Dembe: "But it was the wrong example to make."
Red: "Someone betrayed me. Someone turned me in to the police."
Dembe: "Yes. But you don't think it was Smokey."
Red: "No. But anyone who may know who did, I want them to come forward and tell me before more people die."
Dembe: "That's who the example is for? The people who know who turned you in?"
Red: "If you knew the truth, would you come forward to stop me from taking a life?"
Dembe: "Of course."
Red: "Well, then. I can only hope that anyone who actually knows is as principled as you."
Episode 6x16

Red: "Dembe. How are we?"
Dembe: "I'm a student conforming to your teachings. Some of which I like, some of which I don't."
Red: "I don't expect you to like it all. And you can leave at any time. But if you stay, I need to know I can count on you."
Dembe: "My word is my bond."
Episode 6x17

Dembe: "You are angry. You shouldn't also be careless."
Red: "I need some time to think."
Dembe: "I agree. About why you are confusing loyalty with betrayal."
Red: "I'm not confused. I'm not angry. I'm just tired."
Dembe: "I believe you should tell Elizabeth the truth. You disagree. So I keep your secret out of loyalty to you."
Red: "You knew Elizabeth turned me in."
Dembe: "Yes. And I kept her secret out of loyalty to her. How is keeping her secret from you different than keeping your secret from her?"
Red: "The difference is that you and I don't have secrets."
Dembe: "It's Elizabeth calling."
Red: "She can wait."
Dembe: "She knows you're upset."
Red: "What you do for me, what I depend on you to do, can't be done if your loyalties are divided. The same could be said about me for you. I've trusted you with my life, with everything in my life. You are the person to whom I am most vulnerable. That makes you either a singular friend or a mortal enemy."
Dembe: "You know the answer to that."
Red: "I know.. I need time to think about that."
Episode 6x18

Dembe: "My affairs are in order. My only regret is, after all we've been through, our friendship has to come to this."
Red: "What is the "this" that our friendship has come to? Our friendship was born of suffering and desperation trust and compassion. It grew in crisis and chaos, matured in curiosity and scholarship. Our life together has been peaceful simplicity. Our life together has been death-defying. I'm not sure if the right word is friendship or love. I just know it lives in me for as long as I live and hopefully longer. I went away to think about you and me and all I could think was that I missed you. Us. You know, Elizabeth Keen has lied and deceived me more times than I can count, and I've forgiven her every time. But I realize you don't need my forgiveness. Ever. Because when it comes to "this" you can do no wrong."
Dembe: "I appreciate that, Raymond. But I can't forgive you."
Red: "I guess I don't understand."
Dembe: "No. And I suppose you don't."
Red: "Wh-Where are you going?"
Dembe: "I've followed your path long enough. It's time I follow my own."
Episode 6x18

Red: "So, are you back? Does this mean I'm forgiven?
Dembe: "The Townsend Directive. Our friend in Miami says it's in play."
Red: "Is that why you're here?"
Dembe: "He says it's very important."
Red: "It's critical. But not as critical as knowing why you're here."
Dembe: "I said I needed to follow my own path. I did. It led me back to you."
Episode 6x22





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quotes
— s e a s o n seven —

Dembe: "Raymond. You're alive. It's been a week. I was going to enact The Protocol. Where are you?"
Red: "You have to get to Dom. She's going after him. He doesn't know he's in danger. Bring the cooler. I need platelets, frozen plasma eight units."
Dembe: "Raymond, you sound bad."
Red: "Come alone."
Dembe: "If you won't make it to Dom's, you need to get to a hospital."
Red: "If I don't make it, you you know what to do."
Dembe: "Raymond. Be safe. I'll be there."
Episode 7x02

Dembe: "It's clear."
Red: "She has him."
Dembe: "We don't know that."
Red: "Dembe. She has him. She's been ahead of us every step of the way, and now she has someone who can tell her everything she wants to know."
Dembe: "He won't talk."
Red: "That'll be even worse. We need to find Ilya, and we need to do it fast."
Episode 7x08

Red: "Denise Young. To find Ilya, we need to find her."
Dembe: "Do you want me to call Glen?"
Red: "And risk a delay due to Taco Tuesday or a suddenly ingrown toenail? I don't have the time. Ilya doesn't have the time. Unfortunately, the last person I would want to find Ilya is the person I need help from to find him."
Episode 7x09

Red: "Open this next."
Dembe: "You really didn’t need to, Raymond."
Red: "Ah, come on, come on."
[ Dembe opens the box and takes out a woven shawl ]
Dembe: "No.. This is the one we saw in the village outside Lusail."
Red: "The same. You knew, right?"
Dembe: "But you got it?"
Red: "You didn’t know?"
Dembe: "I had no idea. I went back to buy it, and she said it was sold."
Red: "Because of the guy in the jacket."
Dembe: "The one you said was following us?"
Red: "He wasn’t fo– I had to say something to get rid of you. I smuggled the damned thing onto the jet in my hat like some “B”-movie drug runner."
Dembe: "Thank you, Raymond. It’s perfect."
Red: "Happy birthday, my friend."
Episode 7x11

Dembe: "Raymond, are you sure this place is secure?"
Red: "You should go before the sky gets any darker. Please. And don’t worry. I’ll see you here in two days, and we’ll celebrate."
Dembe: "I don’t trust Cassandra."
Red:*"Ah. Eat a whole pizza, read a couple of great books. Maybe take the kids skating. My God, I can’t remember the last time you had a whole weekend off."
Dembe: "Two days, Raymond. Remember, you promised Agnes to be at the ballet."
Episode 7x12

Dembe: "You did the right thing, Raymond."
Red:*"Too little, too late, I’m afraid. I never should have involved him, let alone her."
Episode 7x15

Red: "What? Everyone knows wine is dehydrating."
Dembe: "If you won’t get help for yourself then get it for the people who love you."
Episode 7x18

Red: "Did you tell her anything?"
Dembe: "No but I was going to."
Episode 7x18

Dembe: "Do you think she knows?"
Red: "That her beloved mother is alive? I'd have to say yes.
Dembe: "Which may mean she has taken Elizabeth into her confidence. Which means Elizabeth cannot be in yours."
Episode 7x19

Dembe: "That was a risk."
Red: "I need to know where Elizabeth stands. So I put bait on the hook."
Dembe: "And if she bites?"
Red: "Then I know she stands against me."
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quotes
— s e a s o n eight —

Red: "I lost her, Dembe."
Dembe: "We lost her."
Red: "I lost her."
Dembe: "We knew this day might come. We talked about it. This was always a possibility."
Red: " Yeah. I knew and I let it happen anyway."
Episode 8x01

Dembe: "I want to ask you a question. When I do, I need you to give me an honest answer."
Red: "Of course."
Dembe: "Did you want Elizabeth to see you shoot her mother? Knowing that if she did, it would send her to a place so dark she would never go back to her old life."
Red: "Why would I ever do that?"
Dembe: "Because you live in that dark place. And she can't take over your empire without living there too. You mock the FBI for being conflicted
about arresting someone they love, but you love her, too, and I'm not sure you want her arrested either."
Red: "I never said I wanted her arrested. But I do want her found."
Dembe: "You can see what it's done. You keeping so much from her. It's hardened her. Made her worthy of the Blacklist.
What I want to know is if this was your plan all along."
Red: "I didn't.. I didn't have a plan."
Episode 8x04

Dembe: "He needs you to convince Huey to come to his memorial."
Red: "Well, I'm not doing it."
Dembe: "It's his dying wish."
Red: "No, it's one of his dying wishes."
Dembe: "What's the other?"
Red: "Mother wants to place my remains on her mantel. I don't like the idea of spending my days looking down on mother, so I want you
to abscond with my ashes and spread them."
Dembe: "Spread them where?"
Red: "I want to spend eternity at the glorious feet of that grande dame, the Statue of Liberty."
Dembe: "I don't think it's legal to spread ashes on Liberty Island."
Red: "Well, it doesn't matter, because I'm not doing it. I'm not lying to Paula or spreading his ashes and I'm certainly not hunting down
Huey Lewis or begging him to come to Glen's potluck memorial. What is it?"
Dembe: "It's Glen's mom. She's asking if you can bake a tray of scotcheroos. They're short on desserts. Raymond, you know we have to do this. For Glen."
Red: "See if you can find Mr. Lewis's address. But I'm not breaking into the Statue of Liberty to spread Glen's ashes!"
Episode 8x06

Dembe: "You said you needed one hour. It's been three."
Red: "Has it? Oh, my goodness. I feel like a different person."
Dembe: "You're unguarded, Raymond. It's not safe."
Red "A moment's peace and an afternoon of freedom are rewards that far outweigh the risk. Just call Zurich and don't worry about me. I'm fine."
Episode 8x08

Dembe: "All of this and going after Perillos got us nothing."
Red: "I think we both know that's not true."
Dembe: "We came for each other."
Red: "Do you think that I see your pain? Do you?"
Dembe: "No. I don't. Not always."
Episode 8x10

Dembe: "No patterns. You taught me that. You said it’s the first rule of staying a step ahead of your enemies. Do something once,
it may go undetected. Maybe twice. After that, it’s a pattern."
Red: "How many visits will this be?"
Dembe: "Five."
Red: "I like her. I like coming home to a port. Seeing a candle burning in a window. A smiling face waiting to greet me.
I never liked it before. I like it now. Did you know that irises are the state flower of Tennessee?"
Dembe: "What’s the state flower of Kansas?"
Red: "The sunflower. She grew up with them. She likes irises."
Dembe: "I should be with you."
Red: "You should be with Raymond Reddington. When I’m with Anne, that’s not who I am."
Dembe: "It may not be who you want to be, but it’s always who you are."
Episode 8x13

Red: "Call Dr. Clemons. Thank him for his services and tell him they’re no longer necessary."
Dembe: "Did you find another doctor?"
Red: "No."
Dembe: "You’re giving up. Why? You just said there’s another fight to be won."
Red: "There is. But it can’t really be won unless I’m gone. Perhaps I will have that drink after all. Toast to better days."
Episode 8x22

Dembe: "Is this really necessary?"
Red: "It’s the best way I can think of to ensure her protection. "
Dembe: "Your blood tests are better. The treatment is working. You’re getting better, not worse."
Red: "I’m dying. Whether it’s this year or the next doesn’t matter. What I’ve got doesn’t go away. It just takes a pause, regroups, and comes back stronger, deadlier."
Episode 8x22

Red: "Is it wrong, what.. what I’m asking her to do?"
Dembe: It’s not that simple. Right and wrong have never been simple in your life. You love her, and you want to keep her safe. You’re desperately trying to do that."
Red: "I wonder if it makes any difference."
Episode 8x22

Red: "When all this began, I was such a different person. Blinded by passion and inexperience. What we built it’s been fulfilling in ways that I can’t even begin to describe. It’s been a wonder. Thrilling and challenging. A blessing and a curse. Whatever it’s been it’s become who I am. But at some point, it became clear to me that I wasn’t really in control of any of this. I thought I was. At times, I feel like I am. But I’m not. No matter how much I try or care or give of myself, I have no control over how any of this ends. And that is crushing if I think about it too much. So I don’t think about it. I ignore it, deny it, and try to convince myself that I can keep Elizabeth safe, Agnes safe, which is why I-I feel I have to do this. I have to believe that I can help.. because the alternative is.. It’s just.."
Dembe: "I understand."
Red: "I know you do. Only when I’m gone. Give it to Elizabeth, but only when I’m gone."
Episode 8x22


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"You know, twenty nine years ago, in Sierra Leone, there was a farmer named Samwel Zuma, who had the audacity to identify several low level Mombasa operatives to local authorities. The cartel massacred the entire family. All but the youngest son; he was sold to a local ring of flesh peddlers. The majority of children in those circumstances don’t last longer than nine months. He survived eight years. He was fourteen when I found him. Too old, too tall, too angry and dangerous to be of any further value. He was left to die, chained to a standpipe in a squalored brothel in Nairobi. Branded, barely alive, so I took him. Made him well, saw to his education. He graduated university with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. He speaks four languages fluently and can get by on half a dozen more.
He is splendid. His name is Dembe. Dembe Zuma."





the reasons
Because they would do anything for each other.
Because Red saved Dembe's life.
Because Red trusts Dembe with his life.
Because Dembe is like a son to Red.
Because Dembe told Red to tell Liz the truth.
Because Dembe took care of Red after he got shot.
Because Dembe isn't afraid to tell Red what he thinks.
Because Dembe is much more than an associate to Red.
Because Dembe is Red's better half.
Because Dembe would never betray Red.
Because even though Dembe might not always agree with Red, he still is there for Red.
Because Red gave Dembe a way out even though Dembe doesn't want that.
Because Dembe is never going to leave Red.
Because Dembe did everything in his power to find out who was after Red.
Because Dembe is Red's only friend.
Because everywhere Red goes, Dembe goes.







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future titles
"My affairs are in order. My only regret is, after all we've been through, our friendship has to come to this."
"I don't expect you to like it all. You can leave at any time. But if you stay, I need to know I can count on you."
"Dembe's timing is impeccable; his most deadly attribute, his patience."
"You should have let me die, Dembe. Nobody told me about this aimless walking."
"Goodbye, my brother."
"I understand why you didn't." "No, you don't. The blessing of an honest man."



past titles
"Ours is a friendship forged once in this life and again in the next."
"Raymond, don't. That was then. It serves no purpose to kill him now."
"You were right Dembe, I should have told her."
"That is what a good man does. That is what separates men like him from men like you and me."
"Dembe, while you're at it, you should have him take a look at that mole." "It's a freckle."
"You speak Italian?" "There was a girl." "Of course there was."
"I really only have one friend. You're my friend."
"Dembe didn't stay with me because he saw me as his savior. He stayed with me because he saw me for the man I really was."
"Dembe is more than an associate to me."
"I said I needed to follow my own path. It led me back to you."
"My only regret is, after all we've been through, our friendship has to come to this."
"Do you think that I see your pain?" "No. I don't. Not always."



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You're welcome Another one for this bromance!
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Oh yes! And he warned him and Red wouldn't listen... All the people on the show should finally start to listen to Dembe! Really.
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I love how Dembe can talk to him like that.
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Me, too And Red listens to him although he might not always act on Dembe's advice
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Agree! I wish we knew why he went to see Anne the first time.
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Red knew that Dembe was right but his love for Anne is too big to let her go but now let's hope that love is not going to kill her.
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Yes, that's what I assume as well. He saw her how she was standing in front of the theater and she told him that she didn't come. He knew she was lying.

But it seemed in this episode that Red told her about it because Anne told her friends that he stood her up then.
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I know the episodes were so action packed but I would have loved to see him trying to explain that to Anne.
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Trying to explain what exactly?
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Why he stood her up at the movie theater
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Oh yeah that. I would have loved to see that as well.

I just really hope that Red is going to call Dembe after what happened to Anne so Dembe can come over and be there for Red.
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