Some important spoilers here if you're not caught up on The Blacklist.
Last season ended with the suicide of Mr. Kaplan, leaving Red's empire in ruin. Series creator Jon Bokenkamp talked with TVLine about the new season:
"Liz is safe, but Reddington is now broke. He has literally lost everything — money and relationships — to save her. Now it's time to rebuild, and that is going to be a total blast."
On the other hand, Liz (Megan Boone) who now knows that Red is her father, is trying to process that idea:
"Liz is terrified of becoming Red. She knows this is in her DNA — dark, violent tendencies. When we start Season 5, Liz really plants her flag in the idea that she's a cop — a good cop. And she stands by that."
And if you were a fan of The Blacklist: Redemption and wonder what happened with Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold) now that the series was cancelled:
"Redemption was part of the Blacklist mythology, and we hope to address that story, even if in a small way."
This is one of my favorite guilty pleasure series in that the strength of the show is watching James Spader be James Spader. His character of Reddington is one that just about every writer would love to create. On the surface, he seems to be a morally ambiguous criminal. But as the series goes on, you realize he is law-abiding and lives by a strict moral code — but they're his laws and his sense of morality. And even if you see the twists coming a mile away, you enjoy going that mile with the character.
The Blacklist Season 5 debuts September 27th on NBC.