The Blacklist’s James Spader weighs in on why the show must end now — plus, will we learn Red’s true identity?

blacklist has successfully reinvented itself countless times during its decade on the air — but the way James Spader sees it, the show must pack up before it can be recognized.

Spader recently told NBC, “I think if the show goes beyond this year, it’s going to turn into a very different show.” “The cool thing about this show was that we never really had a clear paradigm for the show. Tonight, the show changes a lot from episode to episode, and I think the show took weird turns too.” I suspect that the show, if it goes this far, will simply become something that will be less recognizable to me.

one of blacklistThe biggest twist came with the exit of leading lady Megan Boone from the series at the end of Season 8, followed by the departure of series creator John Bokenkamp. When the series returns for Season 9, Spader’s Red is bent on tracking down the man responsible for Liz’s death (who turns out to be Red’s longtime confidant Marvin Gerard), and the final season – currently airing Sundays at 10/9c – finds Redd helping him incarcerate while attempting to escape the retribution of former Blacklisters.

and although liz’s death appeared To finally answer the question of Red’s true, long-hidden identity – the show strongly hinted that Red was Liz’s biological mother, Katarina Rostova, who had undergone facial reconstruction surgery to become Reddington – blacklist Viewers have yet to give a definitive, vocal answer to that looming question. And it’s still unclear whether we’ll ever get one.

“Here’s my answer: If it’s up to me, you’ll know who she really is,” showrunner John Essendrath recently confided to TVLine. “if you No Know in the end, you will know that someone else has ruled me.

Do you still want an official answer to the question of Red’s identity? Or does the Season 8 finale provide enough closure on that topic? Leave us your thoughts below. (With reporting by Matt Webb Mitovich)

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