Season 2 finale of "The Blacklist" premiered on May 14, 2015 and has received praise from both casual viewers and critics alike. The twenty-second episode of the season was viewed by an estimated 7.49 million viewers in Thursday's broadcast on NBC.
The season finale not only answered all lingering questions about the past of one of the major characters, but also pushed the show into an entirely different direction.
But the surprise twist that was probably the most shocking factor in the last episode was the revelation of why Raymond "Red" Reddington showed particular interest in protecting his partner, Elizabeth Keen. A turning point for Liz came in the finale after she realized that she pulled the trigger on her abusive father.
The last episode also saw Liz being framed for the murder of a US senator. Having been accused of the crime, she was put alongside Red on the FBI's most wanted list.
With these exciting new developments during the course of the show, fans were left wondering how the show would be run, given that its main characters were no longer operating within the confines of the law.
Megan Boone, who plays Liz Keen, said in an interview with Zap2it, that the show would have the same characters, but would still be a very different show with very different dynamics.
"If you break open the entire task force, then it will be challenging to try to find the procedural aspect of the show again. With 22 episodes a year, it does benefit the show to have some kind of a formula ... But we are going to sort of break open a lot of the structure of the show," quipped Boone.
"The Blacklist" was renewed for a third season on February 5, 2015, though the release date is yet to be confirmed.