The Blacklist is set out toward a stunner. Megan Boone, the female lead opposite James Spader, is withdrawing the long-running NBC series after eight seasons. She will show up as an series standard in the forthcoming Season 8 finale.
The decision about Boone’s exit was made early on, well in front of The Blacklist’s Season 9 renewal in January. That permitted the writers to create the arc for her character, Elizabeth “Liz”” Keen, this season as her final chapter. The decision was common, and Boone as of now is plotting her next move. Reps for NBC and Sony Pictures TV, which creates The Blacklist with Universal TV, had no remark.
With Boone’s takeoff, Spader, Diego Klattenhoff and Harry Lennix stay the solitary original cast individuals on the show.
Season 8 has finished Liz’s change from a wide-eyed rookie FBI agent to a criminal on the run who has embraced her dark side. In Episode 4, Liz was uncovered to be No. 1 on the Blacklist. In the wake of watching Raymond “Red” Reddington (Spader) kill her mom, Katarina, Liz reversed the situation on her previous coach who currently became her target.
Their turbulent relationship will reach a crucial stage in the last two episodes of Season 8, suitably named “Nachalo” and “Konets,” Russian for “Beginning” (Начало) and “End” (Конец).
In a new interview with TVInsider, The Blacklist maker Jon Bokenkamp prodded that in “Nachalo,” “we’re going to go back to the very beginning and unpack answers to eight years worth of questions.” In the dramatic NBC promo, Spader’s Red says, “There is only you, me and the truth,” and Boone’s Liz is heard asking, “Tell me, who are you?” (which has been one of The Blacklist’s greatest secrets, particularly after the bombshell a few seasons prior that he isn’t the genuine Red Reddington.) At the finish of the latest episode, Red uncovered to Liz that he’s N-13, the elusive spy she’s been hunting for. The series will presently at last clarify why Red entered Liz’s life eight years prior.
As a component of the Liz-as-a-fugitive storyline (and in part due to personal reasons), Boone didn’t show up in eight episodes this season, bringing up issues about her future on the show. Boone returned in the April 23 episode as Liz rose up out of hiding.
The Blacklist was a career-defining moment for Boone. The young actress had done one show as a series regular, NBC’s short-lived Law and Order: LA, when she was cast as the female lead opposite three-time Emmy winner Spader in the pilot. (Boone was really cast first, with NBC going down to the wire on the role of Red, eventually getting Spader for it.)
The character-driven procedural was a moment, enormous hit, transforming Boone into a TV star overnight. Regardless of losing a few ratings steam as it was moved around the NBC schedule, The Blacklist has stays a strong performer, and through its off-network manage Netflix, the show has contacted a global audience.
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