Main spoilers beneath for anybody who hasn’t but watched The Blacklist’s midseason premiere, titled “Destroy.”
Blacklist followers knew that the again half of Season 5 was going to be strikingly different from the present’s previous, with Liz facing a life without Tom after waking up from an prolonged coma. Whereas I do not know that many individuals predicted she would instantly go on a self-exiled, cold-weather killing spree, that is precisely what occurred, although the boys Liz killed undoubtedly deserved it. No matter how viewers reacted to Liz’s continued evolution, actress Megan Boone is downright keen about these massive modifications.
This has been one thing I have been wanting to see occur within the sequence. I believe that it was necessary for Liz to begin in a single place and find yourself in a really totally different place since she is the actually the character that is modified by all the arc of the present. Crimson is Crimson from Day 1, and he’ll be Crimson for eternity. However Liz began in a single place and is now shifting to a unique character. So it is required that I be very affected person, as a result of all I’ve ever needed was for her to take actual authority over her life and exert a number of the badassery that we see on this episode. [Laughs] It has been peppered all through the sequence, we have seen her capability for badassery. however now it is lastly full throttle and I have been wanting to play it. It is actually lots of enjoyable.
My condolences to any diehard followers who had been hoping that the largely standalone midseason premiere was extra of an exception than Liz’s new lifestyle. The times of Liz (or Elizabeth, I assume) feeling susceptible are over, at the very least when she’s not round Tom’s grave, and we’re probably going to see the character persevering with her darkish descent for months to return. In any case, she’s bought some fairly devious genetic materials coursing by way of her veins, and being like Crimson might not be one thing Liz immediately strives for, however she’s getting there fairly rapidly.
Even when taking down harmful threats wasn’t a serious level of comparability between Liz and Crimson, what about how she handed Agnes on to her Tom’s mom? Which will have initially appeared like both a harsh transfer by the grieving mom, or a easy means for the present to place the younger little one on the sidelines, however as as Megan Boone put it to TVGuide, giving up a toddler to another person may be very a lot according to what Crimson did with Liz. So she was principally simply dwelling as much as her bloodline.
Although Liz could also be shifting ahead together with her adjusted character traits, the character is not essentially doing it with a transparent conscience simply but. However taking management of her life and her future on this means will mentally open Liz as much as begin letting go of a number of the self-blame she’s carried for all these years. In Boone’s phrases:
Liz has by no means been in a position to forgive herself. Liz blames herself for [things that] Crimson does, Liz blames herself for issues that Tom does. In order that’s a loopy query to pose, as a result of Liz is the final word taker of blame. She is. She needn’t be, she’s in all probability of all of the folks has the purest of intention, not anymore, however up till this level, till the purpose she snapped. She’s an excellent individual at coronary heart. I believe finally this new psychological area she inhabits goes to make it a bit of simpler for her to forgive herself, as a result of I do not assume she has the identical ethical compass she as soon as had.
The midseason finale arrange the Ian Garvey arc, and Megan Boone teased that character’s story will information The Blacklist by way of the remainder of Season 5, with some massive revelations coming. However sadly, the actress nonetheless does not seem to know what all these bones are about. Except, in fact, Boone shares her TV character’s penchant for maintaining secrets and techniques. [Rubs chin thoughtfully]