10:57am PT by Ryan Gajewski
'The Blacklist' Star on "Completely Different" Direction, Liz and Tom's Future
Liz's (Megan Boone) memory issues will put her in serious danger as she is held captive in Thursday's conclusion to The Blacklist's epic Super Bowl two-parter.
NBC's James Spader drama makes its move to Thursdays with the second half of the episode that picks up after viewers learned that the FBI agent is the key to the coveted fulcrum, which thief extraordinaire Luther Braxton (Ron Perlman) is dead set on getting his hands on. By the end of the episode, a number of explosions left Liz in Luther's custody, with Red (Spader) unable to save her.
Boone told The Hollywood Reporter that Thursday's episode offers revelations about why her character has had such trouble recalling key pieces of her past, including her parents and a possible connection to Red. "We start to remember things that she had forgotten about the fire," Boone said.
Sunday's episode was full of summer blockbuster-type thrills, but the Feb. 5 episode, "Luther Braxton: Conclusion," might surprise fans. "It's a really different tone than in normal Blacklist episodes in that it embraces art cinema a little bit more," the actress said, calling it "a little abstract" and comparing it to 2004's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
Blacklist fans were also left with a big shocker at the end of the midseason finale with the revelation that Red and Tom (Ryan Eggold) were somehow working together. So does that mean Liz and her mercurial ex could still be right for one another? "I'm adamantly against Tom and Liz being together," Boone said. "I just think it would be really bad for all of womankind."
She added that Tom is "still redeemable in some ways because of his connection to Reddington," though she doesn't think that is enough for Liz to give him another chance. She does point out that things between Liz and Tom, who won't appear in Thursday's episode, will get "some resolution" soon, and their relationship is "going to [become] something completely different."
As for the other mysterious relationship on the show — that between Liz and Red — Boone said their connection isn't likely to be explained this season. But she acknowledged that fans certainly have strong opinions about their bond, namely that they might be father-daughter or even romantically involved.
"[Fans] fight over it, too," she admitted. "They're like, 'No, dude — they can't be father and daughter. They're supposed to be in love.' " She knows that there is even Liz-Red fanfic out there, but she has yet to take a peek at it. "I would not go that far down the rabbit hole," she said.
The Blacklist moves to its new night and time, Thursdays at 9 p.m., on NBC starting tonight. What are you looking forward to seeing? Sound off in the comments section below.