The Blacklist: Season 8 (2020 - 2021)


Season 8
The Blacklist

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Episodes

Air date: Nov 13, 2020

Red directs the task force to investigate Roanoke, a legendary criminal who orchestrates elaborate extractions; Liz works to hatch a secret plan with her mother, Katarina Rostova.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2020

As Liz pushes a source for answers, Red and the task force grapple with the implications of her actions; tensions boil over and a drastic action is taken, which will change Red and Liz's relationship forever.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2021

Fueled by his betrayal, Elizabeth Keen seeks vengeance on Reddington.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2021

As Red and the task force search for Liz, she sets a new plan in motion that has catastrophic consequences.

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Air date: Feb 5, 2021

The task force investigates an organization of bank robbers with a special expertise in stealing from other criminals; an old blacklist case resurfaces.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2021

Red and Dembe go to great lengths to fulfill the final wishes of a dear friend; Aram goes under cover as an interpreter to a company that provides services to criminals; Park helps a friend in trouble.

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Air date: Feb 19, 2021

The task force must race to stop simultaneous danger presented by two blacklisters; Cooper approaches a congressman for intel.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2021

The task force investigates the apparent disappearance of a defense contractor; Cooper receives an unexpected offer and Red makes a connection.

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Air date: Mar 5, 2021

The task force is thrown for a loop when they encounter a nefarious enterprise that provides doppelgängers for criminals; Red scrambles to counteract a bold move by Liz.

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Air date: Mar 12, 2021

Red and Dembe land in peril when Townsend deploys a torture specialist who uses unorthodox methods to interrogate her victims.

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Cast & Crew

James Spader
Raymond "Red" Reddington

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Megan Boone
Elizabeth "Liz" Keen

Actor
Diego Klattenhoff
Donald Ressler

Actor
Amir Arison
Aram Mojtabai

Actor
Hisham Tawfiq
Dembe Zuma

Actor
Harry Lennix
Harold Cooper

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Laura Sohn
Alina Park

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Deirdre Lovejoy
Cynthia Panabaker

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Kecia Lewis-Evans
Esi Jackson

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Christopher Gurr
Godwin Page

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Reg Rogers
Neville Townsend

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Drew Gehling
Skip Hadley

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Lukas Hassel
Vandyke

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Stephan Godleski
Beans

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Clinton Brandhagen
Rocco

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Kineta Kunutu
Blake Brown

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Seth Numrich
Rakitin

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David E. Harrison
Eastern Friend

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Chloe Freeman
Jax

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Ginger Mason
Agnes Keen

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Jon Bokenkamp
Executive Producer
John Eisendrath
Executive Producer
John Davis
Executive Producer
John Fox
Executive Producer
James Spader
Executive Producer
Lukas Reiter
Executive Producer
J.R. Orci
Executive Producer
Laura Benson
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  • Feb 27, 2022
    Omg how long can they drag this story plot out for. Also how come they never seem to be able to transport someone without getting ambushed. Wouldn't want to be Keen's friend might as well shoot yourself and get it over with. Definitely feels like we're heading towards a " Lost" ending .
  • Feb 12, 2022
    Rather drawn out plot. Yet last 2 episodes were intense nail biting action
  • Dec 31, 2021
    SPOILER FREE: I thought this was much better season than the previous ones. The main plot was not overshadowed by some unrelated blacklist cases ("fillers") like the earlier seasons which was getting so boring and comical. This season directly targets on mystery around Raymond Remington, and a good amount of time is devoted to it. All the episodes and blacklist are actually related to the "main" plot and the answers that Liz and everyone are looking for. If you have invested time in watching 7 seasons, you will be more than glad watching season 8 IMO.
  • Nov 21, 2021
    It had a lot of potential, but the entire show is centered around a petty, backstabbing, whiny, self-centered, bipolar loyalty, pathetic, incompetent agent, Keen. The fact that everyone around her kisses her butt and tells her she's awesome attempting to justify her exceedingly crappy/illegal behavior, doesn't mean the audience is stupid enough to believe it. Her entire profession as a "profiler" is just a pathetic trope to have a reason for her being there and is never really used at all. She is more of a villain than the role Reddington plays. She's never out for justice so much as as her own, ever changing vendetta of the moment. Should have left her killed off. Maybe this is a sign her character writing should have been left to a female, with profiling knowledge and law enforcement... of any kind? Dembe, Brimley, Aram, Reddington, Harold, Mr. Kaplan, Glen, Samar..., give such richness to the story and are the only reason that I give any rating at all to the -12 that I think of Keen as a main character.
  • Nov 09, 2021
    The show writers failed to let anyone sympathize with the ungrateful unstable Elizabeth, in addition to the low force team who suddenly are acting like idiots, helping and protecting Liz while she's committing crimes., The whole season was a big disappointment.
  • Nov 08, 2021
    Other than the last part of the last episode, this season was pretty bad all around.
  • Oct 17, 2021
    I was a huge fan of the show up until the Pandemic. They didn't (IMO) handle lockdown/pandemic shows well, at all. The whole break the 4th wall and cartoon episode nearly made me shut it off then. I'd rather they just stop production and come back later than feed us that terrible nonsense. By ep 3 of Season 8, I'm ready to hang it up. No spoilers, but Keens actions in that episode have completely turned me off the character. I only marginally liked Elizabeth Keen. I watched for Reddington, the Most Interesting Man in the World (James Spader, who is an absolutely phenomenal actor), not her. And though Megan Boone is a fair actress, the Character of Keen turned me off. Now, she's gone completely off the rails. And the show with her. The premise of the show has been left in the dirt for Keen's constant angst over her parents, their past, her past, and some half-baked mystery about her mother I don't care about. The show was about catching criminals in the underground, criminals who were extremely dangerous working behind the scenes and destroying the world. Now, it's all about Elizabeth Keen and her past family drama and looking for answers to the mystery. And I just don't care. Reading spoilers for season 9 should have reinvigorated my interest (at least I don't have to hear about her drama anymore, right?) but at this point, the show is so off the mark of the original premise, I find myself not caring enough to continue. This isn't the fault of Spader. Spader is a god. The writers failed us on this show. They wandered off in some ADHD fantasy land where they actually thought the audience was interested in relatively unknown, fair to middling actress portraying a wishy-washy, weak, uninteresting character, instead of focusing on the over-all crime solving, FBI procedures, and Spader, the character of Reddington, and what he brought to the table. The entire Keen/Reddington relationship should have been handled in 1-Season; Reddington Should have been revealed as her Father; Keen should have stayed loyal to Him, and their relationship instead of going off into some wildly illogical revenge morass for a mother who who was a sociopath and never cared about her, and wrapped it up. If they had done that, it would not only have kept my interest, but I would have respected the character of Keen and rooted for her continuation. This was just ridiculous. I won't be sticking around for Season 9. Not even for Spader. Sorry, James. You're still a god, but not even you can carry writing this bad.
  • Oct 09, 2021
    What a colossal waste of talent. Worst season of all. Loved the show up till now. Writing around Keen is painful and ridiculous. Came to despise her character and her spoiled and self indulgent race to the bottom. Worse, she just drags everyone else down with her while refusing to take any responsibility for her actions. Very very sad and i am not entertained by such a destructive character development arc that makes no sense.
  • Aug 12, 2021
    This wasn't a good season, worst one yet in fact. It's worth mentioning the covid-19 restrictions that made everyone's life harder this fall. However, despite repeatedly promising payoff for eight seasons worth of anticipation, what the viewers recieved was in actuality a messy, incoherent, excuse for a finale that not only didn't do them justice but also left its main actress bleeding on the floor still in the dark about her past. For whatever reason, the network decided to reward this "feat" by renewing the show for another season. It is unclear if they intend to retcon the outcome of this finale or simply pander to Spader's fans a little longer, but it is clear that this show has overstayed its welcome.
  • Jul 31, 2021
    Did something happen behind the scene in this season? Did they change all of the writers? This show has gone downhill drastically. Compared to her costars, Meghan Boone's acting is mediocre at best. In the 8th season where Keen was supposed to be devastated "someone" died in front of her, I felt nothing. No sympathy, no emotions. Nothing due to her underwhelming acting. Aram and Samar's breakup was more emotional than any of Keen's drama. As the series went on, Keen is just not an interesting or likable main protagonist. I do not feel sympathy or even see the logic behind her actions. She keeps whining and complaining about all the people Reddington had killed but the most common reason for the killings were her trying to dig up the past. She contacted people she shouldn't, she kept claiming she knows things when in fact she doesn't. She cries and begs Reddington to tell her his secrets when throughout the series she's proven to not be able to keep a single secret! Reddington should be the main focus of the series. It would be so much better if they kept it about hunting blacklisters as well as unveiling Reddington's secret slowly. Instead they chose to make it all about Keen and her acting like a spoiled brat. Just because she's safe from Reddington's wrath, she's willing to put everyone in the cross hairs. Keen broke so many rules and laws, her partners shouldn't even have any more empathy, sympathy, or care for her left. All she did was betray them over and over again. Showing all of them what a selfish person she is and how nothing matters as long as she gets her way. The writers forcing Ressler and Keen to suddenly have a thing for each other? Absolutely ridiculous

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