|Luther Todd Braxton|
|Cause of death||Hanged by Raymond Reddington|
|First Seen||“Luther Braxton”|
|Last Seen||“Luther Braxton Conclusion”|
Luther Todd Braxton is a character in NBC's "The Blacklist".
Braxton is a professional thief known for stealing money and information from the People‘s Republic of China, Iran, and the United States. He typically organizes his operations to take place during wars, natural disasters, or other upheavals and take advantage of the surrounding chaos to cover them up. He is credited with stealing 282,000,000 dollars from Baghdad during Operation Shock and Awe and the abduction of a CIA asset from Tehran during the 2009–10 Iranian election protests. Braxton has a past with Reddington, including an incident in Belgrade where Braxton bested him, killing Red's local point man, Henkel, and hanging him by the neck with one of Reddington's own neckties. While serving in the Gulf War, Braxton was involved in a traumatic friendly fire incident in Khafji. He was successfully given therapy to have the memories of it removed.
At the start of the episode, Reddington is brought to the Factory, a CIA blacksite in the Bering Sea that houses inmates trained to resist torture, after being arrested in Hong Kong. As soon as he meets a guard, he offers him a bribe in exchange for notifying the warden, Mills, that Braxton is about to break out. The warden is quick to dismiss him. Meanwhile, Braxton is being tortured by electocution, but doesn't talk. When the technicians call it off, one of the guards slips a piece of the electrical equipment into Braxton's mouth.
After being taken to his cell, Braxton uses the equipment he was given and other supplies from his cell to rig the door with the electrical wiring of a lamp. When a guard bringing him food tries to unlock the door, he is electrocuted and falls to the floor. An alarm goes off and the section goes on lockdown. Guards with assault rifles and full SWAT gear enter the section and toss tear gas into his cell, but Braxton, who has covered his mouth and nose with a scarf, fights back, steals one of their rifles and kills them. Now free, Braxton unlocks the other cells of the section, which turn out to house his accomplices, a group of hackers, munition experts and former special ops fighters. Together, they break out, gas the security staff and take over the facility.
As his operatives take hostages, including Samar Navabi and Donald Ressler, who flew in with Elizabeth Keen to take Reddington back to D.C., Braxton is contacted by the CIA and asks to talk to someone in authority. After allowing CIA negotiator Phillip Rosenberg to speak a few words with warden Mills, as per protocol, he executes Mills and repeats his demand. He is put through to Harold Cooper and asks for the master code for the facility. Threatening to kill hostages, he gives Cooper ten minutes to decide. While they are waiting, Braxton notices a breach in a room where Reddington, Liz and two prison guards who work for Reddington are making plans. He calls the room and talks to Reddington.
When CIA liason Kat Goodson tells Cooper that giving up the code would allow a massive leak of intelligence, he is doubtful. Then Braxton starts hanging Samar by the neck and Cooper gives it up. Planning to access information leading to the Fulcrum, Braxton's men go to the server room and enter the code. Meanwhile, Red and Liz are in the facility basement and overheat the boilers. The resulting explosion puts a stop to Braxton's plan, but alerts him to their location. He grabs Liz, who tells him that Reddington, who has been knocked unconscious, is dead.
While Braxton and some of his men take Liz to the Factory's control room and the other inmates use the explosion to break out of their cells and start a riot, Reddington is found and woken up by one of the guards who works for him. After being given a shotgun by one of the facility's guards, Desmond, Reddington fights his way through the riot, breaks into the control room and takes out Braxton's guards. He tries to convince Braxton that the Fulcrum will only make him more of a target than he already is. When Braxton talks about the Fulcrum and a fire in which it disappeared, he spots the burn on Liz's wrist and realizes her connection to the incident. Reddington tells Liz to put a bullet in Braxton's head, but then they are interupted by an airstrike launched at the facility by the CIA.
After being saved by the missile barrage, Braxton and his surviving accomplices grab Liz, disguise themselves as paramedics and use a medevac helicopter to fly to the Grace River Hospital in Juneau, Alaska. Once secure, they torture Liz for information about the Fulcrum, but realize that she can't remember the fire from her childhood when it disappeared. Braxton then kidnaps Dr. Selma Orchard, who gave him memory therapy after his friendly fire incident, and holds her son hostage, threatening to kill him if she doesn't get Liz to remember what happened to the Fulcrum. Braxton also gets a call from Reddington, who once again warns him that he is out of his depth.
While Dr. Orchard and Braxton's men work on Liz to get her memories back, Braxton goes to a church to meet with Peter Kotsiopulos, who is revealed to be the one who hired him to raid The Factory. Now having a better idea of what's at stake, Braxton raises his price for the Fulcrum, but promises to have access to it by the end of the day. As Braxton leaves, he is ambushed by Reddington and Dembe, who force him into their car and drive away with him. Later, after Liz has been saved, Reddington kills Braxton and leaves him hanging in the Director's home.