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Kurt Weller is the Assistant Director of the FBI and head of the FBI Critical Incident Response Group on NBC's Blindspot.

His name appears mysteriously tattooed on Jane Doe's body and it's up to him and his team to solve the cases that are directly linked to them.

My whole career, my whole life, I’ve trusted my gut, my sense of what is right and what is wrong. And I am not about to stop now.
— About his objectivity towards Jane Doe

Events

Childhood and Early Life

Kurt, was born in Clearfield, Pennsylvania where he lived with his younger sister, Sarah Weller, his father, Bill Weller and his mother. 

At the age of 10, his neighbors welcomed their first daughter, Taylor Shaw, who grew up to become Kurt’s best friend when she was only 5 years old. Their friendship grew stronger as the two kids spent most of their time playing together and going on trips such as camping and fishing with Weller’s dad. Taylor would also stay at the Weller household when her mother worked at night. 

The last time Kurt saw Taylor Shaw was before the both of them went to bed; during the night, he went to check up on her but the girl was gone, alluding that someone kidnapped her from her own room. The community looked for Taylor but there was no trace of her, making Kurt growing suspicious of his father after realizing that Bill’s alibi -about going out to buy alcohol for a party- didn’t quite fit after coming back home with his shoes covered in mud. 

These accusations led Bill to develop a tendency to abuse of alcohol, resulting in his wife fleeing the town after their divorce, leaving her kids to Bill’s care. However, unable to forgive his father and growing resentful towards his dad, Kurt left the house and enrolled for the Military Academy in order to stay as away from Bill as possible. Even though he was away from home, Weller constantly left the place to keep an eye on his sister and make sure she was fine under the care of their father.

Feeling guilty for Taylor’s disappearance, Weller never stopped looking for her and it was customary of him to attend Taylor’s memorial every year since she disappeared. It was implied that this traumatic event and his guilt for Taylor’s disappearance were crucial for him to join the FBI and become Special Agent.

Work in the FBI

Kurt became part of Bethany Mayfair’s division as Special Agent Head of the FBI Critical Incident Response Group in New York City where he teamed with Edgar Reade, Natasha Zapata and Patterson

During a case in Kentucky, Weller was taken back to NY in order to identify an amnesic woman with his name tattooed on her back who was found in Times Square with her body covered in tattoos and no memory of who she was. Due to his direct connection to the woman, Mayfair assigned the Jane Doe case to Kurt and his team in an attempt to understand the circumstances around her mysterious appearance.

Jane Doe Case

After allowing Jane Doe assist in her own investigation of her case, she was able to speak and understand Chinese, leading the team to their first tattoo connection. While in the field, Jane showed a set of high combat skills and Patterson briefed Kurt that she had a Navy SEAL tattoo, alluding to a former affiliation to the special operations of the same branch.

Weller found and recognized a familiar scar at the back of Jane’s neck that reminded him of the one Taylor Shaw got when they were kids. This discovery led him to tell Mayfair, who asked Patterson to test Jane’s DNA to Taylor’s to confirm her identity. Tests results were positive and Jane was accepted into the team as a consultant to help her retrieve memories. However, Patterson ran an isotopic test on one of Jane's tooth and the test revealed that she was born in South Africa.

Convinced about Taylor’s return, despite the isotopic test, Weller welcomed his father into his life again, no without having some reservations towards their past. Their relationship improved as it did with Jane and they both developed a strong bond. 

During his time with Jane, Weller tried to make up for the lost time after those thirty years apart by sharing some stories about their childhood even though Jane confessed she didn’t remember any of them at the time. 

When Bill Weller’s lung cancer worsened his health, Kurt introduced him to Jane where she admitted remembering him from their fishing trips. 

Finding the Truth

After Bethany Mayfair was found guilty for Thomas Carter’s death and arrested, Director Pellington started to look for new replacements for the job despite Kurt’s protests he also ordered to suspend the Jane Doe case and fired Jane; after the case was solved Weller and Jane kissed, both admitting their feelings for each other. 

After kissing Jane, Kurt rushed back to his house when he received a call from his home nurse who informed him that Bill was about to die. In his deathbed, Bill confessed killing Taylor Shaw as product of an accident the night the girl went missing and that he also buried her under the fort, which was her favorite place in the world.

Confused about this revelations, Weller went to the FBI at the next day only to drive back home again and grab his things before departing to Clearfield in an attempt to find Taylor’s body buried in the place his father mentioned before passing. He was joined by Sarah who helped him dig a hole under the shed they had in the back yard at his father’s house. 

When they couldn’t find any remains, Kurt headed to the garage to grab some beers but there, after looking at an old tent, he remembered the site his father used to take him and Taylor camping. Willing to find the truth, Weller drove to the camp site where he dug a new hole at the “The Fort” sign and minutes later he found human remains and a pink plastic boot that Bill bought for Taylor after they were surprised by the rain in one of their trips. 

Weller drove back to New York and broke into Jane’s apartment and waited for her until she arrived home. He showed her Taylor’s favorite doll, which Jane didn’t recognize, and confessed that his father killed the girl twenty five years ago. Tired after the past events, he didn’t stop to hear Jane’s explanations and took her under arrest.

Mayfair's Legacy

After Mayfair went missing and presumed dead, Director Pellington promoted Kurt to Assistant Director of the FBI NYO.

Three month after Jane was taken under arrest, Weller and his team were called back to New York by Nas Kamal, NSA, who ordered recapture Jane Doe and bring her back to the FBI after she broke out from a CIA black site in Oregon. When Jane was submitted to a lie detector, Kurt and the team learned the truth about her and her involvement in Mayfair’s death. Jane confessed being responsible of framing Mayfair of murdered but she alleged that she only did what Oscar told her because he threatened to kill Weller and the team

War Against Sandstorm

Nas briefed Weller and the team about Sandstorm, a coded name she gave to one of the most dangerous terrorist organizations in the U.S. and the one Jane was once part of. Both Jane and Weller agreed to send her as double agent to Sandstorm in order to find out about their missions, goals and Phase 2. 

When Jane turned against Sandstorm and Shepherd, she erased her brother’s memory with ZIP and brought him to the FBI hoping the team could accept him. Weller accepts to keep Roman under custody and use him as a valuable asset to discover Sandstorm’s endgame. 

Connection to Sandstorm

When Patterson gathered the Team to show them the decoded recording she got from Douglas Winter, Jane recognized Roman's and Shepherd's voice. Weller also recognized Shepherd's voice from somewhere.

After an agitated day at work, Jane visited Weller and helped him with some NSA files Nas Kamal had on him from her Sandstorm informant. When she opened Weller's old year book from the military academy, she pointed at Shepherd who attended one of Weller's basketball games, he instantly recognized her from his past.

Personal Life

After Weller let his father into his life again, things started to go right between the two of them and Sarah. However, when Reade admits to Weller that he was currently dating his sister, Kurt orders him to end their relationship, which brought a big fight between Weller and Sarah and his sister moving out from his home. 

Three months after Jane was arrested and taken by the CIA, Allison Knight visited Kurt and shared the news of her pregnancy, letting him know that it was up to him to be part of the baby’s life. When Weller accepts to help Allie with the baby, the two organized a gender reveal party where they found out that they’re having a girl. Not much time after the party, Allie informed Kurt that she’s moving to Colorado after getting a promotion in her job.

Relationships

Jane Doe

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Kurt and Jane met when she was taken to the FBI to understand the reason behind Weller's name tattooed on her back. They both developed a strong connection and this intensified when he discovered Jane's scar, same mark his childhood friend, Taylor Shaw, got when they were kids.

On season 1 they both work together on cases that are directly connected to Jane's tattoos, primarily to prevent death, end corruption and find out the truth behind Jane's own case.

Allison Knight

U.S. Marshal agent Allison Knight and Kurt Weller had a semi-serious relationship for a year but their relationship ended due to personal incompatibilities. They start seeing each other after a case puts them to work together, however they decide to split after Allie realized Kurt had strong feelings towards Jane. It is highly implied that, right after Jane was taken by the CIA, Kurt and Allison were together again and she got pregnant with Weller's baby.

Taylor Shaw

Kurt and Taylor grew up together developing a strong relationship. When she went missing, he never stopped blaming himself.

Nas Kamal

After her involvement in a case with Kurt, they both find themselves sharing similar feelings for each other.

Family

Sarah Weller

Kurt's sister and him managed to maintain a close relationship and strong feelings despite their differences regarding tall the accusations towards his father and his involvement with Taylor's disappearance.

Sawyer

Sawyer is Kurt's only nephew. They both enjoy playing board games on Kurt's spare time.

Bill Weller

After Taylor Shaw's disappearance, Kurt never trusted his father again after he became the prime suspect of the girl's death. They stopped talking for over twenty years until Sarah let him in at Weller's house while he was in town for his cancer treatment. As Jane's investigation progressed, Sarah and Weller explained to their father that Taylor was found and that he was no longer the responsible of any crime, allowing Weller to, somehow, forgive him. It all changed when, on his deathbed, Bill confessed killing Taylor.

Quotes

"You're my starting point." 

"If your coming back has taught me one thing, it's to never give up hope."

to Jane, 1.05 Split the Law


Trivia

  • Has a Polish uncle.

Images

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