Bokenkamp, the show’s creator, also addressed Eggold’s departure by the show, saying in which he always envisioned Tom’s ending to be an unhappy one.
“I have such tremendous respect for Ryan as well as everything he brought to The Blacklist. The character of Tom Keen was a blast to write, as well as in which’s only because we knew Ryan could pull off whatever we threw at him. in which said, we always knew Tom’s exploits might one day get him killed — The Blacklist won’t be the same without him,” Bokenkamp said. “Looking ahead, Tom’s death upends the show in a way we’re very excited about, as well as our next episode can be unlike anything we’ve done before. nevertheless in which won’t be the same around here without Mr. Keen. As for Mr. Eggold, I think he’s gonna be just fine — he’s gonna have a long as well as rewarding career.”
“Of all the words I’ve written on the show, two of the hardest were when Red told Liz: ‘Tom’s dead.’ Nooooo!” added Eisendrath. “We’ll miss the intensity, range as well as just plain bad ass-ness Ryan brought to the part. Won’t come as any surprise — nevertheless he went down swinging!”
The Blacklist returns Wednesday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, ahead of its upcoming 100th episode, featuring guest star Nathan Lane.