The NBC crime thriller series The Blacklist is currently in its seventh season. As the season is drawing to its close, questions about an eighth season have already come up. Well, there is some good news, NBC has renewed the series for an 8th season.
The series revolves around a criminal turned investigator Raymond Reddington. At the beginning of the series, he surrenders to the FBI, claiming he has information about a lot of dangerous criminals from all over the world. And, he also offers his criminal expertise to assist the FBI in their operations. But, he has a condition that he should be assisted by a junior officer Elizabeth Keen. And the rest of the seasons follows these two in their investigative operations.
The series first came out in 2013 and had 22 episodes run in May 2014. The series had a viewership of around 15 million. Critics lauded the series for it’s making, engaging storyline, and twists. James Spader’s role as the protagonist Raymond Reddington was also widely appreciated.
Rotten Tomatoes gave it an 88% rating and Metacritic followed with a 74% score. But over the seasons, we can see a falling number of viewers to the series on NBC. Many cite the availability of online platforms as the reason for the decrease. And that is right because the Netflix viewership is an average of 10 million viewers per episode. But the ratings haven’t followed the pattern. The series has an aggregate rating of 91%.
RENEWAL AND RELEASE
Season 7 has now completed 16 of its 18 episodes. The last one was on April 24, 2020, and the next two will follow on May 1 and 8. In February 2020, NBC announced that the series would be renewed for the 8th season.
The majority of the cast in the seventh season will be back in its next season. We are not sure about the plotline because the seventh season is still running.
Owing to the usual pattern, season 8 should have been here by the end of 2020. But the recent pandemic which has gripped the world has flipped everything a huge distance apart from ‘usual.’ So, the filming won’t commence until the virus is well under control.
Due to this situation, the filming, production works, and hence the release will be delayed for more than usual. So, we can expect the release to be only there in 2021. We aren’t much sure about it, but as soon as we are informed, we will update you with the latest details. So, Stay tuned.