Despite the fact that a number of shows have been canceled in recent months, The Blacklist has remained on the air.
The NBC crime drama is currently in its ninth season in the United States, and a UK release is on the way, so there's plenty more danger in store for lovers of the show.
So, when are we going to be able to see it, and what precisely is going on? Everything you need to know is right here.
When Will the Episodes of The Blacklist Season 9 Be Released?
There's a lot of controversy going on behind the scenes at The Blacklist right now, with US fans irritated with the date change.
Fans were angry when it was changed in the TV line-up by NBC just five episodes after it premiered as planned on October 21.
After a two-week absence, the show returned on December 9 for a one-week run before taking a holiday break before returning on January 6. Fans have been waiting for a long time, with the show-stopping for another short break on episode nine, but there is good news for those who have been patiently waiting. The Blacklist is due to return on Friday, February 25th, according to the NBC website. Hurrah!
All of this toing and froing makes the wait for episode 10 feel even longer, especially given the season has so much to unpack already. It's probably time for a quick summary.
Elizabeth Keen's death has had a profound impact, especially on Red.
Despite the two-year gap since her death, Red is still haunted by grief.
After Reddington uncovered who may have been behind the attack on Liz, the task group, which had previously been disbanded, has reunited. Old grudges and tensions linger, and Red is adamant about putting the blame where it belongs for what he believes was an unnecessary tragedy.
In episode nine, titled ‘Boukman Batiste,' Dembe revealed the shocking reason for joining the FBI in the years after Liz's death. It also provided insight into what transpired between him and Red.
It turns out that Liz's death had a significant impact on Red. He was heartbroken and unable to continue, so he simply vanished without saying goodbye. Red gave up his business and sought refuge with Weecha and Mierce. Dembe was now faced with the difficult challenge of trying to keep his criminal business afloat.
Dembe tries to kill Red's business rival, the Boukman Baptiste but instead kills his son by accident. Dembe eventually joins the FBI in an attempt to atone for his faults and do some good.
Red learns via Red's GPS data that Vandyke could not have followed Dembe on the day of Liz's death, implying that someone else led Vandyke to Liz.
After making amends with Dembe, the two are now focused on figuring out who the mysterious person who assisted Vandyke was.
Will their efforts be fruitful? There isn't much time left to find out.
Who's in the Cast of the Blacklist Season 9?
Raymond ‘Red' Reddington, a criminal mastermind-turned-supergrass analyst, is still played by James Spader in The Blacklist.
Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff), Harold Cooper (Harry Lennix), Dembe Zuma (Hisham Tawfiq), Alina Park (Laura Sohn), and Aram Mojtabai are the other key characters (Amir Arison).
However, there will be none left. After Red killed her off, Katarina Rostova (Laila Robins) appeared.
“Not only did Liz beg Red not to kill her mother,” author Jon Bokenkamp told The Wrap. “Liz was unmistakable. Red stepped right over the line she drew in the sand.
“With that said, Reddington believed he had no choice but to kill Katarina in his defense. Red understood what he had to do the instant Dom ‘told her everything.' Is Liz willing to forgive him? I'm not sure. This is a watershed moment in our narrative. Everything will be redefined as a result of it.”
Megan Boone has quit the series, which is big news. During a fight with Red in the season-eight finale, her character, Liz, was shot by one of Neville Townsend's henchmen. Megan announced that the scene will be her final one on Instagram, saying goodbye to her admirers.
She added, “This experience has been a whole life inside of my own life for me.” “As she set out to achieve, these eight years playing Liz Keen have helped me better define the world and myself.
“As her narrative comes to a close, I'm grateful, first and foremost, for the people with whom I shared this time: my fellow cast members, both current and former, our great staff, who made every day possible for everyone involved, and those of you with whom we delighted.”
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That choice was “made early on” and “mutual,” according to reports. Several publications have indicated that Boone has left to focus on other projects since the announcement. Nothing has been announced as of yet, but we can't wait to see what she does next!
Another well-known figure has also departed. Jon Bokenkamp, the creator of The Blacklist, has moved on to other pastures.
He wrote on social media, “I wanted to write you directly to let you know that I've taken the painful decision to leave The Blacklist.” “I love this show with all of my heart, and it's been a fantastic ride, but after eight years, I think it's time for me to go out, try something new, and explore some of the other characters and storylines that have been circling in my mind.”
While Bokenkamp had “mixed emotions” about leaving, he also stated that he “genuinely believes(s) the series remains full of life, creatively powerful, and that bright day lies ahead.”
However, John Eisendrath, who co-created the show with Bokenkamp, is still involved with it.
On January 18, 2017, at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, California, Jon broken amp of the television show The Blacklist redemption speaks onstage at the NBCUniversal segment of the 2017 winter television critics association press tour.
While there have been a few departures, there have also been a few new additions!
Diany Rodriguez, who starred in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, has joined the series as Weecha Xiu, a recurring character.
“With a formidable physical presence and a hardened temperament, Weecha is more than capable of defending herself against anyone who could endanger her or her associates,” says the character.
So, by the sounds of it, she'll fit right in with The Blacklist's nefarious dealings and drama!
In episode five, Corey Allen, well known for his role as Charlie Jackson on Starz's Power, made his debut appearance on the show.
As part of an inquiry into a military technology issue, he plays Benjamin T Okara, who becomes engaged with Red.
What Will Happen in Season 9 of the Blacklist?
With Liz's death, there will undoubtedly be significant changes, as she had significant relationships within the show's dynamics, both with Red and with Ressler.
Season nine picks up two years later, following the lives of the FBI Task Force as they attempt to move on from the loss of one of their own.
The squad has disbanded at the start of the season, with Red disappearing in the aftermath of Liz's death. Though it doesn't take him long to reintegrate with the group.
After he was injured and his colleague was slain, Dembe, who is now an FBI agent, proved to be the catalyst. They return to their search for Red after enlisting the assistance of the task group. But, even with Redback, their relationships are clearly more fractious than ever, and two years without Liz has been a huge blow to all of them.
In a special episode dedicated to Ressler's reaction to the loss of Liz, episode seven portrays his reaction. He went after Red with fury after discovering her body, and ended up in a drunken automobile crash, back on prescription medicine, and surrendering his pistol and badge as he spiraled.
He finds refuge in a hotel manager and her son, and two years later, he appears to be more prepared to face the world without Liz.
There's also the question of Red's health elsewhere in the series, which has led to suspicions that he would be killed off. Season nine, if it is to be the series' final season, which many feel it will be, could be the ideal way to go out.
In an unexpected context, we've received confirmation of the season's timeline. You may recall James Spader's rationale for shaving his head for the pilot episode of The Blacklist…
“Actors are burdened by everything they've done before that, every character they're playing,” Spader remarked at the Television Critics Tour in Beverly Hills.
“I thought it would be a beautiful juxtaposition of the photo with him in the long hair [that you see in his mug shot] and the moment when he surrenders himself and pulls his hat off,” Spader explained.
“He's been going from place to place for the past 20 years because that's how his life has been. I suggested that he get a haircut that he could do himself if he wanted, or go to a barbershop in Cambodia and have his hair cut in 10 minutes. That's how he dresses as well. He dresses in clothing that may be worn everywhere from a bank to a cave.”
Spader was asked about the fact that he's gone even shorter in season nine during a recent interview on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
“I saw you had a shaved head from the clip,” Meyers added. “Is that a bald cap you're wearing, or did you truly…”
Spader answered, “No, no, no.” “It's a shaven head, to be sure. It isn't that far away from here, “He said this while pointing to his own short haircut.
“This year begins two years later, and he was, you know, a little lost for a couple of years, and he got terrible mange and terrible hot spots, and they had to get rid of it — yuck — and start over.”
When Can I Watch the Blacklist Season 9 Trailer?
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While there is no official trailer for the entire season, NBC has provided fans with a series of episode teasers each week.
Check out the latest teaser above, and stay tuned for further updates on what's next for The Blacklist.