'The Blacklist' season 4 spoilers: character-driven plot arcs – new timeslot?

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“The Blacklist” season 3 did not cut any corners in terms of storytelling but it was also able to plant plot arcs that will possibly be one of the main conflicts coming to the show’s fourth-year run.

The crime thriller has resolved the mystery of the sudden demise of Liz (Megan Boone) by revealing that she is very much alive. Furthermore, the decision appears to be from Liz as she believes that she needs to get away from Red (James Spader). Unfortunately, a third party player in Mr. Kaplan (Susan Blommaert) has been secretly putting the pieces in their place to set the fake death in motion. This idea is reiterated by “The Blacklist” creator Jon Bokenkamp who suggests that a bigger picture may already be in the making.

“I also think it’s important to remember that this whole idea Liz faking her death this didn’t come from Liz’s or Tom’s; it was Kaplan who concocted this plan. Liz only went along with it (while in childbirth),” Bokenkamp revealed to Deadline.

Unfortunately, while Liz is busy running away from Red and buying Mr. Kaplan’s ideas, she was met with something far more dangerous than Red. Furthermore, the FBI Special Agent’s plans have also resulted in her family’s separation with her being abducted while Tom (Ryan Eggold) and Agnes on the run in Cuba.

The addition of the enigmatic Alexander Kirk and the revelation that he is Liz’s father will only make things more complicated coming to season 4. Especially since Red will presumably pursue Liz while she is at the hands of his long-time enemy.

Despite the additional characters and the more complex storyline from where “The Blacklist” has started, Bokenkamp says that they will remain a procedural with weekly cases that will further the overall story.

In a separate sit-down with The Wall Street Journal the producer also cites that the show will delve deeper into the game players that they have and what will be their participation in the narrative.

“I think seeing all of these characters develop was really wonderful. This is still Red and Liz’s story, but we’ve got a stable of incredible actors that I think we’ve finally just tapped into. Season 4 is going to expand that canvas,” he teased.

No official return date is yet announced for “The Blacklist” season 4, but fans can expect it to premiere sometime in the fall with the possibility of a day switch. The show is rumored to be moving to a different timeslot on Thursday nights at 10 p.m. EST on NBC.