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