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Fans of the American crime drama, "The Blacklist," have been on a rollercoaster of emotions with the show's twists and turns. But now, it's official: Season 10 of this beloved series will be its last. The show, created by Jon Bokenkamp, made its debut on NBC on September 23, 2013, and it has been a thrilling journey for viewers ever since.
Season 10 of "The Blacklist" serves as the show's formal series finale. This means that fans can finally enjoy a satisfying conclusion to the story without worrying about cliffhangers. So, while we bid farewell to our favorite characters and their thrilling adventures, we can look forward to a well-crafted ending.
As of now, we anticipate that the final season of "The Blacklist" will begin streaming on Netflix later this year. The exact release date is uncertain, but it could be in the late fall or early winter. However, the release date may vary, as the show doesn't follow a set schedule, similar to some other series like those on The CW or "Grey's Anatomy."
Showrunner and executive producer John Eisendrath expressed his gratitude for the incredible journey the show has been. He mentioned, "We're honored to reach our conclusion after 10 years, hundreds of Blacklist cases, and more than 200 episodes produced."
Lisa Katz, President of Scripted Content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, also commended the show's creators, writers, cast, and crew for making "The Blacklist" a part of NBC's legacy for the past decade. The series has resonated deeply with its audience, and it's not every day that a show reaches ten successful seasons.
At the heart of "The Blacklist" is the character Raymond "Red" Reddington, played brilliantly by James Spader. Reddington, a master criminal, surrendered after years of evading capture. Each season brought with it a new set of Blacklisters, criminals and threats that Reddington and the FBI Task Force, led by Harold Cooper (Harry Lennix) and Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff), had to deal with.
Over the years, "The Blacklist" garnered positive reviews, with particular praise for James Spader's outstanding performance. The show consistently kept viewers at the edge of their seats with its intriguing plotlines and complex characters. And it seems that every time we thought the show was coming to an end, a new season was announced, leaving us hungry for more.
After the departure of Megan Boone, who played Elizabeth Keen, at the conclusion of Season 8, many fans believed that this marked the end of the series. However, a ninth season was ordered, and then, to everyone's surprise, a tenth season was announced.
In the final episode of Season 10, a shocking turn of events unfolded. Dembe Zuma (Hisham Tawfiq) was being transported to headquarters for questioning when chaos erupted. Reddington, in an attempt to save Dembe, opened fire on the authorities, leading to a tense standoff.
Reddington shot Ressler multiple times, but Ressler's body armor saved him from life-threatening injuries. In the midst of the chaos, a surprising twist occurred when Hudson was killed. Reddington, displaying immense courage, offered to donate his blood to save Dembe's life, and they rushed Dembe to the hospital.
However, by the time the authorities arrived, Reddington had mysteriously disappeared. It was later revealed that Reddington's health condition made him an unsuitable blood donor. Seizing the opportunity, Hudson arrested Dembe on charges of aiding and abetting a fugitive for helping Reddington.
In a dramatic climax, Reddington and his team executed a daring operation. They deliberately smashed their cars, creating chaos. In the ensuing confusion, Hudson shot Dembe in the neck, setting off a series of dramatic events. Reddington swiftly retaliated, ending the intense standoff by fatally shooting Hudson in the head.
As we bid farewell to "The Blacklist," it's clear that the series will leave a lasting impact on fans who have followed Reddington's journey of redemption and intrigue. While Season 11 won't be happening, the legacy of this remarkable show will live on.