'The Blacklist' Cast Talks 'Batman' Inspiration and Promises Answers... Eventually
The cast of NBC's "The Blacklist" – James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Ryan Eggold, Parminder Nagra, Hisham Tawfiq, and Amir Arison – and executive producer John Fox were on hand at the Television Academy's panel event in New York City on Wednesday, and while they were tight-lipped about what's next on the show, they did share some insight.
Keep reading for more about the show's "Batman" inspiration, "Breaking Bad" connections, and promises to answer (some of) the big questions before this season ends.
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"It's wonderful… All these theories, it's great," Fox said of all the social media love for the show. "We actually pay very close attention to the feedback."
But not everyone is as connected to the fans. Spader admitted to not even knowing when the show is airing, he's so immersed in the process of playing Raymond "Red" Reddington. His leading lady Boone, who plays FBI agent Elizabeth Keen, joked that she's become the unofficial go-between from fans to Spader, saying they send her messages for him "like I'm a carrier pigeon!"
Nagra talked about not knowing whether or not her character, Meera Malik, was the FBI mole, saying there were a few weeks when she thought she might be and was worried that she'd be written off the show.
But she's not the only one left in the dark about some character details. "I found out today that I know a lot about architecture," Arison revealed about his Aram Mojtabai, joking that he was thrilled to find out Aram was more than just a super-hacker. When speaking about Red's right-hand man Dembe, Tawfiq knows very little: "I just know he's an ex-freedom fighter from south Sudan," he said, joking that he thinks Dembe is bad, but that on this show, "I think the bad guys are good."
And the biggest question mark of the season has to be Ryan Eggold's Tom Keen, Liz's husband who is actually undercover. "I knew that he was going to go somewhere interesting, and wasn't what he appeared to be," Eggold said. We've seen Tom switch from mysterious to cold-blooded killer mode, but his transformation isn't final: "Even now, Tom is not what he seems," Fox teased.
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