WARNING: Main spoilers forward for the autumn finale of The Blacklist. Be happy to cease studying if you have not watched but!
Effectively, by no means one to disappoint, The Blacklist ended its fall run tonight with two main shocks: not solely has Tom Eager lastly left the misleading, espionage-filled constructing, however when the present picks again up in January, time can have jumped forward by 10 months. And, whereas Tom’s Season 5 dying, at the very least, was teased within the season opener, now we all know why it needed to occur now, in addition to why these behind the present felt the necessity to leap forward by nearly a yr. Here is what govt producers John Eisendrath and Jon Bokenkamp needed to say about why Tom’s death wanted to occur tonight:
Eisendrath: There’s not anyone specific reply. Sure, he was presupposed to die within the pilot. We really feel like we had given the character of Tom simply so many alternative avenues to pursue: alternatives with Liz to like, to hate, to combat, to get divorced, to annul their marriage, to get remarried. Finally in the long run the quick reply is that, when the collection ends, each time it ends, it is in the end a parent-child story and Tom was an important particular person in Liz, ‘the kid’s’ life. His passing goes to vary the dynamic of who Liz is, how she behaves, and what her relationship is with Purple in methods which might be an enormous new engine for her going ahead within the present.
Bokenkamp: The “why now” is nearly why you’ll want to come again within the winter to see the place the present goes. How she offers with this, how she will be able to overcome it, how Liz tries to withstand any of the darkish impulses that could be inside her are all vital issues to have a look at as we transfer forward. It should be actually seismic for her to grapple with. It does form of change the present in a approach. Not solely as a result of Tom is gone, however due to what it’d do to Liz.
So, in keeping with what Eisendrath and Bokenkamp advised Variety, it sounds rather a lot like they felt that they had exhausted the avenues they may take Tom, particularly with respect to his relationship with Liz. Seeing as how he initially bought concerned with Liz just because he was maintaining a tally of her for Purple, it is form of wonderful that the present was in a position to redeem the character and produce him round to a spot the place Liz and Red (mainly) had been in a position to trust him once more. Now, it will appear that an important a part of his dying goes to be the way it modifications Liz going ahead.
That, in fact, brings us to the much more stunning time leap that was revealed within the last moments of the episode. So, why not decide up just a few days and even weeks after Tom’s dying? It seems to be prefer it’s principally about attending to the center of the modified Liz we’ll see when the present picks up once more:
Eisendrath: We needed to skip a few of what we might have been obliged to play if we simply had Liz get up the subsequent day in that uncooked state of frozen melancholy. What we wish to play is her energetic, avenging need combined in clearly with the ache and the agony of dropping the particular person she loves essentially the most. We needed to get to a spot the place she is transferring ahead and energetic in her search, in her hunt and in her therapeutic.
Bokenkamp: The time leap additionally raises quite a lot of questions. What’s Liz going to do, what has occurred to the duty power, the place is Reddington? It shapes the dynamic in a very fascinating approach that helps us inform compelling tales.
It makes quite a lot of sense that when Liz wakes up from her coma and hears that Tom has been lifeless for 10 months, she’ll leap into excessive gear to get revenge as quickly as doable, and that may drive the remainder of the season, and, presumably, seasons to come back.
We are able to all see how Liz responds to Tom’s dying when The Blacklist returns to NBC on January three. To see when all of your favorites will return from hiatus and when new mid-season reveals will begin, you should definitely take a look at our mid-season premiere schedule.