|“||We're not attacking this country. We're defending it.||”|
— To Jane
Roman was born under the name of Ian Kruger in Pretoria, South Africa. After his parents were killed, Ian and his sister, Alice Kruger were taken to a secret academy to be trained and become deadly soldiers.
His time in the academy caused a personality change on him, developing a dangerous killer instinct, ending with everyone who could mean a threat to him.
Roman was in charge of answering the calls made to Joey’s Pizza; when Jane called the number after agreeing to work with the FBI, he sent her to an address to meet her and later take Jane to the hospital. On their way a police officer noticed Jane’s wound and asked Roman to get out of the car; Roman singlehandedly attacked and killed six cops, showing his deadly skills to a frightened Jane.After Roman patched up Jane’s wound and gave her some of his blood, he took her to meet Shepherd. During the meeting, Shepherd mentioned that she adopted Ian and Alice Kruger from an orphanage managed by the Apartheid movement and gave them new names: Roman and Remi. Roman gave Jane a metro ticket and gave her their coin from when they were kids back.
Shepherd and Roman took Jane to a small memorial made for Orion for her to remember the time the CIA ordered a hit on her platoon while they were serving in Afghanistan in 2013, as a way to re-indoctrinate her and keep her loyalty with Sandstorm through a personal event where her own country betrayed her.
With his sister back in his life, Roman wanted to follow Jane to protect her from Cade but was stopped by Shepherd who wanted Jane to defend herself. Despite Shepherd’s orders to stay away from Jane, Roman attempted to leave Sandstorm’s headquarters but was once again stopped by other members and Shepherd herself. In his room, Roman confessed that he was willing to sacrifice his life for his sister’s and that he should be the one inside of the FBI just to keep Jane out of harm’s way but Shepherd admitted that he could never do the things she does; in that same conversation, Roman mentioned an inactive mole from Sandstorm inside of the FBI.
Shepherd grew even more suspicious of Jane’s story and ordered Roman to take her back to Sandstorm’s headquarters from where she sent them both to a mission to prove Jane’s loyalty. Roman briefed Jane on the task that consisted on stealing a chip and killing Jeffrey Kantor, who failed his scheduled drop after Remi disappeared. Even though Jane failed her test, Roman killed Jeffrey to cover her sister from Shepherd, still sure that Remi was still there.
Shepherd realized that Jane lied to them from the beginning about Cade being behind her torture so she came up with a plan to make her pay by killing her FBI team and showing her a live video as the building collapsed while they were raiding the compound.
Moments after the video signal collapsed, Shepherd ordered Roman to kill Jane but unable to do so, he turned the gun to Shepherd and fired before he could realize that the gun was not loaded. Shepherd took it as betrayal and fought against the siblings, injuring Roman on the shoulder. After Shepherd was pinned down by Roman and Jane, they ran away to patch Roman’s wound.
Ordered by Roman, Jane drove him to Sandstorm’s old medical facility where he mentioned that it was the same place where they tattooed her body and erased her memory. While she treated Roman’s wound, Jane found a vial of ZIP and wiped his memory in order to give him a second chance to start his life again as a new person.
Life after ZIP
Roman woke up the next day on a car driven by an unknown tattooed woman, who identified herself as his sister and who he thought was the responsible of his shot wound after sighting a gun in her pocket. Afraid and confused, he got out of the car, attacked her and stole the car to drive as away from her as possible.
Roman stopped in the middle of the highway to answer Jane’s call to give her directions of his location to be picked up and later he hang up to make his way to a dinner. On the dinner, he realized that several men sat on different tactical places; one of them approached to Roman with the excuse of taking him to his sister but, somehow, Roman realized that he was lying and attacked him and helped Jane and Weller to take the rest of the men down.
He was taken to the FBI and placed into a cell in Zero Division for being considered dangerous and highly unpredictable. On his first night, he retrieved a memory of his childhood in the academy where one of the guards left him in a closed and dark room in order to make him reconsider about his decision of not killing his rabbit when he was ordered to do so; this became the first insight to Roman’s life.
Nas Kamal brought to the FBI a profiler psychiatrist, Dr. Karen Sun, in order to analyze Roman’s profile and find out about his real personality now that the traumatic events from his past were erased. She later diagnosed him with an extreme antisocial personality disorder. She was also a key factor to help Roman retrieve the memory of a picture found through one of Jane’s missing tattoos that linked him to Kat Jarret.
Helping the FBI
It was Weller who convinced Director Pellington to allow Roman on the FBI in order to keep him away from the CIA; it was determined that Roman could be under FBI custody only if he cooperated with the team in an attempt to understand Sandstorm’s endgame. Due to his memory wipe, Roman was unable to provide any useful information on Shepherd’s plans but certain events helped him retrieve key memories that helped the team solve a tattoo case that directly linked him with his past.
Against Dr. Sun’s warnings, Roman assisted on the field a few times where he demonstrated to be reliable, ultimately gaining the team’s trust, especially Weller’s who put Roman under house arrest so he could spend more time with Jane at her place.
When Jane returned home from the FBI, Roman cut his finger while chopping some vegetables. As soon as Jane placed a gauze mat on the wound, Roman remembered the night she erased his mind with ZIP. He took the knife from the kitchen counter and attacked Jane with it.
Before any of them could get hurt during the fight, Roman's protective detail took them both to the FBI where Roman was put back into his cell. That same day and during the FBI attack performed by Sandstorm, Shepherd visited Zero Division to check on him; Roman recognized her from his recent retrieved memories and joined Shepherd on her plan to attack the FBI. After the bombs placed inside of the FBI were disabled by Jane and Weller, Roman and Shepherd managed to escape through a hole on the wall left at the psychiatric room by Borden to ensure their proper and secure escape. Once they got out from the building Roman helped Shepherd make a recording of herself taking full responsibility on that day's terrorist actions; she gave him the SD card to be dropped off at the New York Times office.
On their way to stop Shepherd's plan, Jane crashed her truck against the patrol car Roman was driving in order to stop him from attacking her and Weller and freeing Shepherd. Injured, Roman got out of the car and faced Jane who was pointing a gun at him; he told her to shoot him but she was unable to do so and let him leave. Roman walked away and disappeared in the highway.
The last time Roman was seen, he was in a pier in DC still holding his coin, which he later throws to the waters to finally leave the place.
Two years later
Roman's whereabouts remain a mistery. It's implied that he's still angry and on the loose unable to forgive Jane for his memory wipe.
By the time Remi’s plan was still in development, Roman was on charge of the purchase of a big amount of HMX explosives to be used in Shepherd’s mission. The sellers Sandstorm made business with were Kat Jarret and Abel Marx both members of the Viper Kings, a biker gang. It was implied in one of Roman’s memories that he used to do constant business with the Kings; during this time, he developed feelings for Kat and the both of them maintained a sort-of secret relationship which Remi didn’t approve and ordered to end. Following his sister’s orders, Roman didn’t show up to a meeting with Kat, ending their relationship.
Due to the traumatic events he lived at the orphanage as a child, Roman deveolped a serious personality disorder and became an emotionally unestable man whose primary instinct is to attack and kill his enemies or people that could mean a threat to him.
He was diagnosed with an extreme antisocial personality disorder. Due to this condition, it was stated by Dr. Karen Sun that he's lost his capacity for empathy and love.
Roman idolized his sister, Remi, hoping to be as helpful as possible with hers and Shepherd's demands. As shown through Jane's memories, she had a bossy attitude toward her younger brother, often ordering around and scolding him when she caught him sharing need to know intel. Despite their arguments and Remi's toughness, he never stop caring about her and trained her to endure different types of torture methods before leaving Sandstorm to start Phase One. Roman became one of the tattoo architects and it was implied that it was him who administrated ZIP to Remi during the memory wipe process.
Deeply saddened by his sister's departure, Roman eagerly awaited the day he could reunite with her.
Roman's most prized possesion was a 1 Rand coin he and his sister kept as an amulet from their childhood, given to them by their parents before being murdered by the African government. He reunited with his sister, now going by the name of Jane Doe, after she demanded to meet Shepherd. Sadly the reunion was cut short when their adoptive mother left before sunrise.
When Shepherd mentioned that Remi wasn't acting like her old self, Roman defended his sister by stating that no one does after their memories are erased.
Roman kept a 1 Rand Coin from their time at the orphanage. The coin was the last reminder of Alice's and Ian's parents and the siblings used to give it to each other for special dates as birthdays. The coin was their little secret and were careful to keep it hidden from other kids and from the orphanage's guards.
At the orphanage Ian was attacked by a boy, the same who gave him the scar across his face, and took his coin; as a replacement, Alice gave her brother a gum wrapper, stating that such ordinary object wouldn't attract the attention of others. After they were adopted, Remi kept the paper and secured it inside of a puzzle box she gave Roman before wiping her memory.
"There’s a place in your mind no one can get to. A place that belongs only to you. No matter what they say, no matter what they do, no one can reach you there. Pain is a dream." - to Remi 2.01 In Night So Ransomed Rogue
- Roman and Jane share the same blood type.
- He likes coffee "with as much sugar as it'll hold".
- He speaks Spanish.
- He was one of Jane's tattoo architects.
- He likes to read.
- It's believed that he never got in touch with Jane in those two years they were apart.
- In one of the deleted scenes from the second season, a bird crashes against the window from a store, breaking its neck; Roman quickly kills the bird by crushing him with his foot, leaving Jane speechless.
|Blindspot, Season 2|
|#01||"In Night So Ransomed Rogue"||#09||"Why Let Cooler Pasture Deform"||#17||"Solos"|
|#02||"Heave Fiery Knot"||#10||"Nor I Nigel"||#18||"Senile Lines"|
|#04||"If Beth"||#12||"Devil Never Even Lived"||#20||"In Words, Drown I"|
|#05||"Condone Untidiest Thefts"||#13||"Named Not One Man"||#21||"Mom"|
|#06||"Her Spy's Harmed"||#14||"Borrow Or Rob"||#22||"Lepers Rebel"|
|#07||"Resolves Eleven Myths"||#15||"Draw O Caesar, Erase a Coward"|
|#08||"We Fight Deaths on Thick Lone Waters"||#16||"Evil Did I Dwell Lewd I Did Live"|
|Blindspot, Season 3|
|#01||"Back to the Grind"|