Since its inception on September 23, 2013, NBC’s crime drama, ‘The Blacklist,’ has been keeping the audiences hooked by showcasing the thrilling adventures of the high-profile criminal turned FBI informant, Raymond Reddington, and his partner in crime-solving, FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen. It has received critical acclaim for its intriguing storyline, suspenseful twists, and a stellar performance by the show’s lead, James Spader, which paved the way for it to spawn seven successful seasons.
Over the years, the mystery thriller has been nominated for several accolades, including Emmy Awards (1 win) and Golden Globe Awards. The show’s seventh season concluded in May 2020. Naturally, fans are wondering about the release date of ‘The Blacklist’ season 8. Well, we might be able to help you with that. Read on.
The Blacklist Season 8 Release Date
‘The Blacklist’ season 7 premiered on NBC on October 4, 2019, and concluded its run on May 15, 2020. The season was initially planned to have 22 episodes but was cut to 19 episodes due to the impact of COVID-19. The production was suspended during the filming of episode 19. Therefore, the makers decided to use animation to complete the episode and give fans, a satisfying season finale. The actors recorded the dialogues for the animated sections, straight from their homes.
Considering the show’s ratings and popularity, the Jon Bokenkamp creation was bound to get recommissioned for the eighth season. On February 20, 2020, NBC announced the early-renewal news as the makers filmed the 150th episode. “Congratulations to our incredible cast, producers and crew, all of whom continue to reach excellence week in and week out,” said Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming, NBC Entertainment. “We couldn’t be more excited to continue Red and Liz’s story into season eight.” No official release date has been revealed yet. However, we can expect ‘The Blacklist’ season 8 to release sometime in 2021 on NBC.
The Blacklist Season 8 Cast: Who is in it?
James Spader headlines the cast as the notorious criminal turned FBI informant, Raymond Reddington. Megan Boone essays the character of Elizabeth Keen, a special agent, and FBI profiler. Diego Klattenhoff appears as Donald Ressler, an agent and Acting Assistant Director of CTD. Harry Lennix stars as Harold Cooper, the A.D. of FBI Counterterrorism Division. Amir Arison enacts the role of Aram Mojtabai, a tech expert. Hisham Tawfiq appears as Dembe Zuma, Reddington’s trustworthy bodyguard.
The other characters include Laila Robins as Katarina Rostova, Elizabeth Bogush as Elodie Radcliffe, Clark Middleton as Glen Carter, and Laura Sohn stars as Alina Park, an FBI field agent from Anchorage. It has been confirmed that all the cast members will reprise their respective roles in season 8. Laura Sohn, who plays FBI Agent Alina Park, has been upgraded to a series regular.
The Blacklist Season 8 Plot: What can it be About?
In season 7, Red crosses enemy lines in Paris and gets abducted by his arch-nemesis and former lover, Katarina. Old wounds are unraveled as Liz and Ressler inform Cooper and Aram that Red’s real identity is not Ilya Koslov. To take Red down, Katarina enters Liz’s life as a nanny and later reveals to her that she is, in fact, her mother. She tries her best to hamper Liz’s relationship with Red.
Towards the end, Dembe is compelled to make a tough decision – either prove his loyalty to Reddington by not giving up his secrets or let the kidnappers kill Imam. After suffering a near-death situation, Reddington decides to list Liz as the successor of his empire. The Task Force pulls out all stops to find the brutal and dangerous Kazanjian Brothers. Also, Liz finds herself in the middle of her mother and father’s age-old rivalry.
Season 8 might pick up from the ending of season seven. Red might have to deal with the aftermath of the season 7 finale. Liz might be heartbroken on finding the truth about her father, and with her mother on the run, she might find it challenging to hold her life together. We expect Red to make amends with his daughter and exact revenge on Katarina.
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