'The Blacklist' Season 6 Episode 12: Red Faces The End In His Execution

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James Spader headlines "The Blacklist" on NBC as the high-profile agent turned criminal Reddington. (Photo: Facebook/NBCBlacklist)

The Blacklist season 6 is entering a new phase in its storytelling. After episode 11, which aired last Friday, March 15, the episode coming up has Reddington (played by James Spader) facing the end of his life in his execution via lethal injection.

The Blacklist executive producer Jon Bokenkamp revealed to TV Insider that there would be no more escaping from this predicament this time around. It's the very first time Red isn't a few steps ahead of the game, and it's something that the show has never done before.

"He wasn't [ahead] at the beginning of the season when he was arrested; he's not aware that Elizabeth Keen is the one who turned him in, and even Dembe is sharing this secret now with Liz that Red is unaware of," Bokenhamp said. "We've seen his best-laid plan. So yeah, these are uncharted waters for Reddington, who's back on his heels."

In a preview for The Blacklist season 6 episode 16, Red is shown strapped on the lethal injection chamber with the clock winding down to 60 seconds. Bokenkamp revealed that they had planned for this storyline last year regardless where the show was headed on NBC. They wanted to show Red as not being in control, even if there was a chance the network won't give the series another season.

Thankfully, they will have another year to tell more stories about Red for the 2019-2020 run as NBC confirmed that the show is coming back for The Blacklist season 7. Spader will still be part of the cast, along with Megan Boone (as Elizabeth Keen), Diego Klattenhoff (as Donald Ressler) and Harry Lennix (as Harold Cooper). However, the network has not yet announced how many episodes will make up the seventh season.

Regardless, it's fair to say that The Blacklist season 6 episode 12 will likely not proceed with Red's execution because the actor is still going to be in the next installment. Only, viewers have to find out how the character is saved from the death penalty. How will the president be convinced to call and stop the execution?

Meanwhile, Bokencamp also hinted that Coy Stewart (played by Vontae Jones) is not out of the series just yet. In an interview with Variety, the EP confirmed that there's a good chance the character will re-appear again especially since viewers love the chemistry between Stewart and Spader.

Originally, Vontae was supposed to be a one-episode appearance only. However, the Batman and Robin dynamic between him and Spader were so effective that the writers wanted to keep writing this into the show.

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