Tomorrow night is the Season 5 premiere of The Blacklist, and a lot has changed. Reddington (James Spader) is now broke after Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert) betrayed him, and Elizabeth (Megan Boone) knows that Red is her father. The focus on the new season is going to be Red rebuilding his empire, proving that he’s still a viable asset so the task force stays together — oh, and there are those bones in the suitcase. Liz’s ex, Tom (Ryan Eggold), seems to be involved with those.
Below we have a first look at the new season, with the cast and crew setting up what we’re going to see as the series heads toward its 100th episode. Red seems to be a bit more carefree without having to keep his empire together, and Liz seems more accepting of his antics and willing to cross the line if it gets the job done — or it’s fun.
We also have the opening scene of the season where Red stakes out a valet stand, steals a vintage Corvette, and evades the police all to the song New York Groove by Ace Frehley. This is the type of opening that reminds viewers why James Spader is so damn fun to watch.
The Blacklist returns tomorrow night, September 27th, on NBC.