Дата публикации: 2018-05-27 16:21
During its four previous seasons, The Blacklist put Tom Keen through the physical and emotional wringer time and again and he somehow survived all of it.
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TVLINE | I have to ask, since we 8767 ve seen a major death faked on The Blacklist before: Is Tom really dead?
[ Laughs ] He is dead. Yes, Tom is gone. He has met his maker.
I think The Blacklist should continue, love the cast, love the storyline, this is a show that keeps you at the edge of your seat. Please keep this show going. IF NBC chooses to cancel it, I’m hoping Netflix takes them on to continue such a nail biting, sit at the edge of your seat kind of show along with the cast. PLEASE do not cancel this very good show.
TVLINE | Tell me how you came to the decision to kill him off in this episode. When did those conversations start in the writers 8767 room, and why was it creatively the best route to take at this point?
There was a number of reasons, but most importantly, it 8767 s about the storytelling going forward and what his death means to Elizabeth Keen and how it impacts her. Can she move forward? Can she overcome this? What does it do to the task force? This presents so many interesting and complex questions. That 8767 s why it felt like it needed to happen now.
When you have someone like James Spader at the center of your storytelling, do you just throw anything and everything at him because you know he can pull it off? Is there anything you’ve ever found that he can’t do?
BOKENKAMP: I think James [Spader] is a big part of that, in terms of keeping the character fresh. The stories are hard to tell. The cases are difficult to break. It’s hard to find the Blacklisters that we hope you wouldn’t find on every other show. One of the things we take great pride in is that our bad guys are the people the FBI doesn’t know about. That is challenging. But I have to say, writing the character and his voice is just really a blessing. It’s super fun. He’s a guy who’s constantly trying to surprise himself. He’s always trying to embrace new experiences, so there aren’t really limits with where he can go. We’re not worried about his reputation or what anyone thinks about him because Red isn’t worried about his reputation or what anyone thinks about him, and that’s incredibly liberating to write for.
TVLINE | When Liz wakes up from her coma at the end of the episode, Red tells her that she 8767 s been out for 65 months. Is he telling her the truth?
Yes. Ten months have passed, and when we come back [in January], a little more time has passed. We come back in the future. So yes, that 8767 s true, and she has a lot to overcome now. She 8767 s completely checked out, her child is older, her mind and body have atrophied. We 8767 ve got great obstacles for Liz to confront.
CBS and NBC tied for second in ratings, both with a /9. CBS was first in total viewers with million, NBC was second with million.
TVLine caught up with Blacklist creator Jon Bokenkamp to discuss Tom 8767 s grisly demise, as well as what his death will mean for Liz when the series returns on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 8/7c.