Most wanted

Liz and Red are fugi­tives in the new sea­son of The Blacklist as more crim­i­nal mas­ter­minds are re­vealed.

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Sea­son 3 Wed­nes­days (from 13 July) M-Net (*101) 20:30

The third sea­son of The Blacklist (2013- cur­rent) is bring­ing a bumper dose of ac­tion that in­cludes a sur­prise preg­nancy, a new vil­lain and the death of a main char­ac­ter. FBI agent Liz Keen’s (Me­gan Boone) life has been turned up­side-down since crim­i­nal ge­nius Ray­mond “Red” Red­ding­ton (James Spader) turned him­self in in sea­son 1, along with The Blacklist – a list of the most dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals in the world – and de­manded to only work with Liz. At the end of sea­son 2 (in June 2015), Red and Liz went on the run after Liz was framed for as­sas­si­nat­ing a US Sen­a­tor by gov­ern­ment or­gan­i­sa­tion The Ca­bal, and sea­son 3 kicks off with the team in cri­sis mode. “Ev­ery­body starts off on the back of their heels and their plans have gone awry,” James teases. And a lot more is go­ing to go wrong this time round…

COM­PLETE CHAOS

Episode 1 picks up min­utes after the sea­son 2 fi­nale, with Red and Liz pre­par­ing to flee Wash­ing­ton and Agent Ressler’s (Diego Klat­ten­hoff) team clos­ing in. Red calls in a favour from Liz’s new blonde look means more to Red than he’s let­ting on. his net­work of con­tacts and he and Liz es­cape in the nick of time. Des­per­ate to stay hid­den, Liz dyes her hair blonde and while we don’t know what about her new look leaves Red speech­less, Liz guesses that her hair re­minds him of her bi­o­log­i­cal mom Kata­rina Ros­tova (Lotte Ver­beek), re­vealed in sea­son 2 to have been a Rus­sian spy. And that brings up yet again The Blacklist’s big­gest mys­tery: Red’s con­nec­tion to Liz. Ac­cord­ing to James, more about that con­nec­tion will be re­vealed this sea­son, “but the en­tire truth will not see the light. The show is built around the mys­ter­ies of their con­nec­tions and if we give it away too early, we will not be able to get more sea­sons”.

BABY BUMP

Fast-foward a bit and by episode 11 (21 Septem­ber), Liz and Red’s fugi­tive life­style comes to an end… but that doesn’t mean ev­ery­thing will be back to nor­mal. Liz, who’s no longer with the FBI, strug­gles to ad­just to civil­ian life and by the end of the episode, she also finds out that she’s preg­nant! Me­gan was preg­nant in real life while film­ing the third sea­son and she and vis­ual artist fi­ancé Dan Estabrook wel­comed their daugh­ter Caro­line in April this year. The ac­tress re­veals that she’s de­lighted the writers in­cluded her preg­nancy into Liz’s sto­ry­line. “They have been so kind and kept me out of gun fight scenes,” she says, adding that view­ers won’t have to guess too hard about the iden­tity of her baby­daddy – it’s Liz’s ex-hubby Tom (Ryan Eg­gold), whom she slept with at the end of sea­son 2. What will leave us stunned is the shocker in episode 18 (9 Novem­ber): Liz goes into labour after a car crash… and as soon as her baby is born, we see Liz close her eyes. Is she dead? Surely not! How would the show go on with­out her?

THE NEW BADDIE

While fans spec­u­late on Liz’s demise, there’s also a new baddie. Ma­tias Solomon (Edi Gathegi) is an ar­ro­gant high­rank­ing mem­ber of The Ca­bal who’s sent in to clean up the mess that Red caused for them when he rounded up 11 of the coun­try’s most in­flu­en­tial in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ists in sea­son 2 and ex­posed the or­gan­i­sa­tion. “He causes pan­de­mo­nium on the show and view­ers are go­ing to hate him for it,” ex­plains Edi. And the drama starts in episode 1 when Ma­tias kid­naps Red’s body­guard Dembe’s (Hisham Taw­fiq) baby grand­daugh­ter and it con­tin­ues from episodes 2 to 4 (20 July to 3 Au­gust) as Ma­tias tor­tures Dembe to get him to give up Red and Liz’s lo­ca­tion. But Dembe would rather die than sell out the pair…

SE­RIES SPIN-OFF

The Blacklist is get­ting a spin- off se­ries in 2017 called The Blacklist: Re­demp­tion. We’ll meet the main char­ac­ter in episode 22 (7 De­cem­ber) – Su­san Scott Har­gave (Famke Janssen – Eve in 2015 and 2016 on drama se­ries How To Get Away With Mur­der, 2014- cur­rent), who is one of the black­lis­ters. She will be joined by Tawny Cy­press (Carly in 2013 in House Of Cards, 2013cur­rent) as in­ter­na­tional crim­i­nal Nez Rowan.

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