Blacklisters! We are less than one day away from the season 8 premiere of The Blacklist! In case you forgot what happened last season (how could you?), NBC has you covered. Get caught up by watching below, and get a peek at scenes from the new season!
— The Blacklist (@NBCBlacklist) November 12, 2020
TV Guide has also released some details about the new season that should hold you over until the premiere. It looks as though season 8 will pick up right where season 7 left off, with Liz embracing her dark side and joining her mother. The season 8 premiere will also not be animated, as we saw in the season 7 finale due to COVID-19 safety and restrictions. TV Guide states that Red will be mostly be in the dark about Liz’s betrayal, which is a rarity for this show. Not only will it clearly strain Liz’s relationship with Red, but with Donald Ressler and the rest of the Taskforce.
Here is what executive producer John Eisendrath stated about Ressler and Keen’s relationship
“And now, realizing, as soon as he does, that she is committed to this path that might be dangerous for her, and might result in the end of the relationship that they have had to date, I think it brings out an incredibly intense desire to express feelings that have been sort of latent for so long.”
The cast and crew are also working diligently to stay safe and have not yet shut production down. They have made changes — for instance, how many people are in a scene — to alleviate some stress and to abide by certain restrictions. The season premiere’s opening scene will feature a man in a surgical mask who is protecting himself against another character emitting nuclear radiation. Although fans will see some semblance of the world’s new normal, COVID-19 will not be making a huge appearance. According to Eisendrath, in the writer’s room, there was a change to the script to give fans an escape from the Coronavirus. They omitted mention of COVID and gave another explanation why someone would not want to follow a certain character into a room. Furthermore, the first few episodes will be almost exclusively surrounding Liz and Red’s storyline, but this season will feature new, dangerous, and exciting Blacklisters. One Blacklister may even make several appearances over the course of the season.
Watch the season 8 premiere of NBC’s The Blacklist on Friday, November 13 at 8 p.m. EST. You can still catch up on all the seasons on Netflix and on NBC’s Peacock streaming service.