The Season 2 premiere of “The Blacklist” is right around the corner, set to air Monday, Sept. 22. Viewers will have lofty expectations for the hit NBC drama’s sophomore season and part of those expectations are that the show will answer some of the burning questions fans have from the Season 1 finale. Chief among those questions is if James Spader’s Red Reddington is Liz’s father. However, Spader says fans may have to be patient before getting all the answers.
The actor spoke Monday to reporters, telling fans to temper their expectations for what September’s premiere will reveal. After burn marks were shown on Red’s back in the Season 1 finale and Tom, while dying, told Liz that her father is still alive, fans immediately speculated that Red was Liz’s father. Liz’s father was allegedly killed in a fire while rescuing her. Spader says the answer won’t be coming anytime soon, even casting doubt on whether the man in fire was Liz’s father.
“That story has not been extrapolated on,” Spader said. “That’s something to just let percolate for a bit. Elizabeth Keen has spoken of a memory of being in a fire when she was a child, and somebody pulled her out of that fire. She may be assuming that it’s her father, but we’ve never said whether it’s her father or not.”
Spader also hopes fans are equally engaged by the series’ other questions, saying: “I wonder whether [the father issue] will continue to be the most important question that people ask as the show goes on, or whether the more immediate relationships and the nature of those relationships will eventually become more compelling. Given our show and what our show is, I don’t think anything is as simple as it appears.”
So, it may be awhile before fans of "The Blacklist" get the reveal they are hoping for, but there will be no shortage of action in Season 2. Red will be back in the sophomore premiere and resume his hunt for Berlin, who narrowly escaped in the season 1 finale. “The Blacklist” returns to NBC on Monday, Sept. 22, at 10 p.m. EDT.
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