When you put the finale of TV series titled The Blacklist under the analysis radar you discover a lot of things you would not have known otherwise.
This season it was the finale of the TV program The Blacklist. It showed much in the way of suspense and intrigue. Red Reddington appears to be having a case of guilty conscience. But his crimes do not exactly land him in trouble.
Criminals of every hue have been haunting NYC since the prison plane made a crash landing in the center of the Big Apple. Red who is played by James Spader is a criminal let loose by the FBI to find Berlin, a notorious criminal who is out to take revenge on Red.
Berlin has his own agenda which is to make the whole police force look foolish. Meanwhile, Red’s cautioning of Meera occurs too late since she is killed in a brutal manner by the selfsame person who put Cooper to sleep. It is a tightly-wound drama that unfolds in the series and everyone had his or her eyes glued to the TV screen for the finale.
What transpires is that ages ago Red stole all that a man had. And that man says that he is Berlin. However, Red knows that this is not the case since there are inconsistencies in the record. This of course begs the question that who is the actual Berlin?
The Berlin that Red is looking for is a man whose daughter was cut up into little pieces by Red once upon a time. He is out for his blood. Besides this the finale portrays Liz, who is played by Megan Boone, in the secure tutelage of her adoptive dad.
The twist of fate that leads to Meera being murdered also leads to some other tough alternatives that lend meaning and depth to the plot. TVGuide.com asked Blacklist creator Jon Bokenkamp about the decision of killing Meera. He said:
"It was a super hard decision. I love all of our cast. It was a bit of a game of roulette in the writers' room in terms of how that was going to fall. In one moment it was more than just Meera.
We actually had three people on the block at one point. But an audience gets to know the characters on the show, and we didn't want to start over completely fresh like it was a completely different show, so Cooper gets to move his thumb at the end and hopefully survive.
Parminder's been amazing. She's an old pro. She's done television for many years. She's been great on the show, so it's going to be really hard to lose her. Hopefully that will open us up to new possibilities."
The Blacklist writer spoke of how he made some very crucial choices in order to let the drama be more realistic and include some elements of human interest in it. He will be glad to know that he was successful in his endeavor.
Bokenkamp said, "I definitely have one particular thing in mind and I've shared that with James and [executive producers] John Eisendrath and John Fox," to evolve The Blacklist.
"We have a solid landscape that we're working in. That said, James has said before: When you're hoping for something to be on air for years, you really have to be open to change and open to listening to the story. I would be lying if I said we have absolutely everything figured out because that's part of the joy of it."