With production having been shut down as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NBC’s crime thriller series The Blacklist has utilized comic book-esque animation to complete its Season 7 finale — “The Kazanijan Brothers” — which is slated to hit the airwaves this Friday.
Per Entertainment Weekly, prior to production being halted, the cast and crew behind The Blacklist did manage to partially film Season 7’s 19th and final episode (though the season was originally slated to run for 22 episodes). The version of the episode that airs on NBC will combine this live-action footage with “graphic novel-style” animation. The episode has been completed with social distancing in mind, with the audio recording, animation and editing all being handled remotely. Promotional stills from “The Kazanijan Brothers” offer a peek at how the stylized episode will look, as well as double down on the comic book influence by dubbing the episode “The Blacklist, issue #719″ (as in, Season 7, Episode 19).
First premiering on NBC in 2013, The Blacklist stars James Spader as criminal mastermind turned FBI informant Raymond “Red” Reddington and Megan Boone as FBI special agent Elizabeth “Liz” Keen. Interestingly enough, the show actually has a history with comics. In 2015, Titan Books launched a comic book adaptation of The Blacklist from writer Nicole Phillips and artist Beni Lobel, which has been met with critical acclaim. Despite COVID-19 throwing things off a bit, The Blacklist is still slated to return for Season 8 at NBC. A spinoff series — The Blacklist: Redemption — also premiered on the network in 2017, though was canceled after one season.
The Blacklist stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison, Hisham Tawfiq and Laura Sohn. The Season 7 finale airs on NBC Friday, May 15 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The Blacklist's Season 7 finale got creative after production was halted, using comic book-style animation to complete the episode.