The grand finale of the eighth season of “The Blacklist’ brought about a radical change. After all, for years we followed FBI agent Liz Keen (Megan Boone) as she tries to figure out what role super-criminal Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) really plays in her life and what his true identity is. But just as Red was about to hand her his mighty empire and promised answers to all questions, she was killed. And so it goes on without any of the previous main characters and above all without the engine behind the uncovering of all the secrets…
When the ninth season of “The Blacklist’ begins, fans will probably rub their eyes at first. The new season begins two years after the events surrounding Liz’s death and Red has since disappeared without a trace. No one has seen him since that night…not even his once-trusted right-hand man, Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq).
By the way, when we see Dembe for the first time right at the start of the season, he’s suddenly an FBI agent. Life has also changed for all former members of the task force:
Alina Park (Laura Sohn) still works for the FBI, but is only active there in training and has promised her husband not to do any more dangerous operations. Meanwhile, Aram Mojtabai (Amir Arison) has left the agency and is on the verge of a deal with his own company that will make him rich. And Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) has been completely out of character since the death of his great love and has an addiction problem.
But when Dembe is critically injured, Harold Cooper (Harry Lennix) asks his old team for help – and also locates Red. He supposedly doesn’t want to know anything about the old life anymore and now has two mysterious women at his side, whereby the ice-cold Weecha played by Diany Rodriguez turns out to be a kind of new Dembe…
Yet we can reassure all fans who love their “The Blacklist“ want to look further. Even if the start is a little different, you quickly return to familiar paths. The task force forms again. Together with Red, who once again takes control of a global criminal syndicate, they go on the hunt for new blacklisters. And also secrets and mysteries are rebuilt and only slowly revealed.
Who is trying to frame FBI Director Cooper for murder? Why don’t Dembe and Red talk to each other anymore? What has happened to all the well-known characters in the past two years? And was Liz’s murder perhaps much more than just the last act of an already defeated arch-enemy? If a (new?) threat to Red and thus also to all members of the task force gradually emerges, also brings the question of all questions back into focus: Who is Raymond Reddington really?