The Blacklist Season 11: James Spader Talks About The Show's Future

The Blacklist has brought a lot of criminal energy to our screens over the last ten seasons. Will we get a season 11?

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James Spader opens up about The Blacklist season 11 | © NBC

For the last ten years, The Blacklist has graced us with some of the best crime drama fans could have asked for. The series starring James Spader has introduced us to more iconic villains than we can count and included an insane amount of mindbending twists. But will we got a season 11 for The Blacklist?

Don't worry: no spoilers here!

Diving deep into the world of Raymond "Red" Reddington, a crime-lord who decides to work with the FBI, is no easy feat. Throughout the series, it is difficult to get a read of Red's character, as he always seems to have some kind of ulterior motive. His gangster gentleman persona has a certain charm, though, and it really makes up most of the intrigue the show provides loads of. Adding to that, each episode reveals a new high-profile villain, ensuring the series never gets boring.

The show already boasts a shocking 218 episodes, spanning ten seasons. You would think that the show had gotten boring by now, but The Blacklist still delivers ample entertainment and people are longing for more. Thankfully, James Spader sheds some light on this subject.

James Spader Opens Up About The Future Of The Blacklist

I'm going to pull that tooth right away: there won't be a season 11 of The Blacklist. James Spader has a pretty good explanation for that, though.

As hard as it is to say goodbye, Spader is not wrong in his assessment of why the show needs to end after season 10. As Red's actor and executive producer himself, he spoke to NBC about why The Blacklist ended with season 10.

I think if the show went beyond this year, it would turn into a very different show. Tonally the show shifts a lot from episode to episode, and I think that even the show has taken strange turns, and I suspect that the show, if it went much further, would just become something that would be less recognizable to me.

Honestly? Good call. We've already seen way too many shows that didn't know when they should end and continued on without any good stories to tell, burning out and leaving fans more bitter than anything. It's smart to end a show when audiences are still sad about it and not angry because the last season was basically unwatchable.

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