The Blacklist reaches a special milestone tonight as it airs its 100th episode, “Abraham Stern.” We’ve followed this story since 2013, saying goodbye to many characters along the way. The Task Force has been through so much since Red first handed himself in to the FBI. They’ve suffered unimaginable loss, severe injury, and narrowly escaped death in a myriad of situations. There’s no question that Red has changed all of their lives forever, putting in motion a chain of events that we have yet to see the end of, hopefully for many more years and seasons to come.
Promotional images from NBC give us a glimpse at Nathan Lane’s special guest start appearance, and Liz’s continuing hunt for Tom’s killers. Red and Liz are the only members of The Task Force featured in the photos, but I’m sure Ressler, Aram, Samar, and Cooper will be heavily involved in “Abraham Stern” as well. You can’t celebrate the 100th episode without involving all of the characters who have been part of the main team from the very beginning.
Whatever happens in “Abraham Stern” it will be a special night for everyone in The Blacklist fandom as we celebrate the show we’ve loved and followed for years. Not every show is lucky enough to hit the 100th episode mark, especially today when demand for new quality shows is so high. I think The Blacklist’s longevity is due in large part to the fans, who have been there every step of the way, keeping the show’s ratings steady for each week. Ratings are everything nowadays, and it’s vital for a series to have a loyal fanbase that tunes in live for each new episode.
I don’t think we ever could have dreamed of a better cast, lead by the absolutely brilliant James Spader, playing probably the most iconic role of his career. It’s impossible not to fall for Red’s charm and charisma, his snark and sarcasm. He’s an anti-hero that you can’t help but love and root for, and cheer whenever he absolutely destroys his competition and those that the Task Force goes up against.
Megan Boone has brought so much life to Liz Keen, playing a badass FBI agent who wasn’t going to let any man stand in her way. She gave us a hero to root for.
Diego Klattenhoff brought so much depth to Donald Ressler, a character that could have easily faded into the background as just another by the book macho male agent, but became many viewer’s favorite character instead (me included). He expertly showed a side of Ressler that was compassionate and vulnerable, the moral compass of the Task Force, and a hero in his own right.
It was impossible not to love Amir Arison as Aram, the comic relief of the series and a character that doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. He just wants to help whoever he can whenever he can. Since the first episode, he has displayed an enormous amount of strength, becoming one of the most capable agents on the Task Force, and reminding everyone what compassion looks like.
Mozhan Marno captivated us as agent Navabi, a woman who would take no prisoners and was a force to be reckoned with. Just like Liz, no one would get in her way.
Harry Lennix as Director Harold Cooper was immediately the only one we could ever see leading the Task Force, portraying Cooper as a strong and capable leader who wasn’t just there to give orders, but to support every member of his team every step of the way. He has become a friend, almost a father figure, to every member of the Task Force encouraging them to come to him whenever they need help.
Finally there was Ryan Eggold as Tom Keen, who seemed like the perfect, loving husband at first, but turned out to be a completely different person in one of the biggest plot twists of the series. Even though most of us hated him for what he did, Ryan Eggold still made you love him in some ways. Even though Tom is no longer with us, Ryan Eggold brought life to a character who’s departure has left its mark on the series.
So check out the gallery, read the synopsis for “Abraham Stern” below, and pop the champagne as we celebrate 100 episodes of our favorite series!
Red goes on the hunt for a legendary treasure; Liz studies the methods of one of the Blacklist’s most dangerous criminals.
The Blacklist airs Wednesdays at 8/9c on NBC.