The Blacklist Season 9 is gearing for its upcoming return to NBC. Ahead of its highly-anticipated comeback, here's everything we know so far about the crime-thriller from its release date and cast updates, as well as some plot predictions.
What is the plot for The Blacklist Season 9?
The Blacklist Season 9 will reportedly feature a time jump. Details about the storyline are still being kept under wraps, but fans previously spotted one of the cast members sporting a beard.
AlyBlacklist uploaded the photos (via Cheat Sheet), and actor Diego Klattenhoff looks very different. Other than his beard, his attire is also unlike the ones that his character, Donald Ressler has worn before.
Will Red be blamed for Liz's death in The Blacklist Season 9?
According to Digital Spy, The Blacklist Season 9 will seemingly have a different focus. In the previous seasons, the series revolved around Red (James Spader) and Elizabeth (Megan Boone). However, Boone quit Blacklist at the end of season 8.
Now, there are predictions that the upcoming installments will center on Red getting revenge for the death of his daughter. He could also focus his attention on protecting Liz's daughter, Agnes (Katherine Kell) since his own daughter is no longer around.
In The Blacklist Season 8, Liz was shot during an altercation between Red and one of Neville Townsend's (Reg Rogers) people. Liz bled out and died. Since Red was the last person she was with before she died, he could be blamed for the character's demise.
Will Red's mysterious illness be addressed in The Blacklist Season 9?
Red's mysterious illness first came to light in Blacklist Season 6. It was later revealed that his deteriorating health was caused by some neurological problems.
In Blacklist Season 7, Red collapsed in one of the episodes. And just last season, he encouraged Liz to kill him so that she could take over his empire.
It's highly likely for Red's mysterious illness to be included in Blacklist Season 9. And if this happens to be the final season for the hit NBC series, it would just make sense for the writers to finally tell audiences what's really going on with him.
There are also predictions that Blacklist Season 9 would end with Red being killed off that is if this is the last season for the hit NBC TV show.
What's in store for Dembe Zuma in The Blacklist Season 9?
Dembe Zuma (Hisham Tawfiq) had one of the most controversial scenes in Blacklist Season 8. In the finale, Dembe pulled Red away after seeing how bad his state was because Liz died in his arms.
Following the finale episode, fans were wondering why Dembe felt the need to pull Red away from such an emotional moment. Some of them believe that it's because Dembe cares so much about Red and doesn't want him to suffer.
However, there could always be something more to the story. And whatever Dembe's reasons might be, it's possible that he will talk with Red about in Blacklist Season 9.
Which cast members will return to The Blacklist Season 9?
The majority of the regular cast members will return to Blacklist Season 9 except for Boone.
According to reports, Boone had a discussion with the creators of the series regarding her impending exit, and the decision was mutual.
Multiple publications confirmed that Boone decided to leave Blacklist after eight seasons so that she could appear in other projects.
Following her exit, the actress thanked everyone who made her journey as Liz worthwhile.
"This experience, for me, has been an entire life inside of my own life. These eight years playing Liz Keen have helped me better define the world and myself, as she set out to do the same... As her story ends I am grateful, most of all for the people I shared this time with my fellow cast members present and past, our incredible crew who carried every single day for all involved, and those of you we entertained," she wrote on Instagram.
Other than Boone, showrunner Jon Bokenkamp also decided to quit the series after last season. He shared the news via his social media account.
"I wanted to write you directly to let you know that I've made the difficult decision to leave The Blacklist. I love this show with all of my heart and it's been an incredible journey, but after eight years I feel it's time for me to step out of my comfort zone, try something new, and explore a few of the other characters and stories that have been crawling around in my head," he wrote.
Will there be new cast members in The Blacklist Season 9?
As of late, NBC and the creators of Blacklist have not made any announcements with regards to new cast members. But it is possible that new faces will be introduced in season 9.
Since Red and Liz were the heart of the show, it only seems fitting to see Red interact with a new partner – male or female.
When will The Blacklist Season 9 premiere?
Blacklist Season 9 will premiere on Oct. 21 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET.
Prior to the official announcement, there were rumors that the first episode for the upcoming season will premiere either in November or December.
As of late, it is still unclear how many episodes Blacklist Season 9 will have, but there are predictions that there will be 22 installments.
The majority of the previous seasons for Blacklist also featured 22 episodes. However, Blacklist Season 3 had 23 episodes and Season 7 only had 19 episodes.
If the creators will follow a similar format, Blacklist Season 9 will have between 19 to 23 episodes.
Is there a trailer for Blacklist Season 9?
NBC has not released an official trailer for Blacklist Season 9. But the wait shouldn't be very long before the network drops one.
Typically, a new trailer is released weeks before a new season premieres. So, a teaser might just be right around the corner.
Will there be a Blacklist Season 10?
As of late, the fate of Blacklist after season 9 remains unknown. The show's future could go either way because its renewal will depend on a lot of factors.
The ratings for Blacklist Season 9 will help determine whether NBC will air more seasons of the show. And in case there won't be any more seasons, at least there's Blacklist Season 9 to give fans a satisfying ending.
Where to watch Blacklist Seasons 1 to 8 online and for free?
Blacklist Seasons 1 to 8 arrives on Netflix USA yearly in September. So, fans were expecting to stream Blacklist Season 8 this month.
However, the streaming platform announced that Blacklist Season 8 will only be available starting Oct. 6.
Blacklist Seasons 1 to 8 is available to stream on Amazon Prime for a fee. Each episode costs $3.99 and an entire season costs $9.99.
The hit crime thriller is also available to stream online and for free on Peacock.
Unfortunately, Blacklist Seasons 1 to 8 is not available on Hulu and Disney Plus.
If you are looking for a crime thriller that would excite you to the core, Blacklist is definitely the one for you. You may either stream the first eight seasons or wait patiently for Blacklist Season 9 to arrive on NBC on Oct. 21 at 8 p.m. ET.