Megan Boone and James Spader are reprising their respective roles as Elizabeth “Liz” Keen and Raymond “Red” Reddington in “The Blacklist” Season 6. The new season will premiere on January 3, 2019 on NBC.
Liz already knows that Red is an imposter and the real Raymond Reddington is read. Red will still be unaware that she is aware of this in “The Blacklist” Season 6 episode 1 “Dr. Hans Koehler,” series creator Jon Bokenkamp told TVLine
“As far as he’s concerned, he burned those bones, he got the bag away from Liz and he bested her,” Bokenkamp said of Red. “He has no reason to believe that he is not three steps ahead of anyone else.”
According to Bokenkamp, Liz will no longer a rookie FBI profiler in “The Blacklist” Season 6. The NBC series creator added that this makes it even more interesting to watch her efforts to take down Red.
“She is a woman who has gone through incredible hoops and become a much darker, much more dangerous, more in-control, smarter woman,” Bokenkamp said of Liz. “That will give us some really great stories this season.”
Liz refuses to share the new information with her colleagues at the FBI. Boone told Arizona Daily Sun that Red apparently has the innate ability to know everything that is going on around him.
Boone said that Liz now believes that moral correctness can be sacrificed for the sake of greater benefit. The actress explained that the line between what is right and what is wrong has become blurred and her character’s way of executing justice has surely become “darker and somewhat more desperate.”
“Dr. Hans Koehler” was written by Bokenkamp and directed by Bill Roe. Aside from Spader and Boone, the episode will also feature Fiona Dourif as Lillian Roth/Jennifer Reddington, Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai and Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler.
Meanwhile, here is Boone talking about choking on popcorn when she first met Spader: