As it turns out (and just like with the premiere), you’re going to be waiting for a while. In a new Instagram Live (which you can see below), cast member Amir Arison made it clear that filming should begin in September — things are always subject to change, so you should know that far in advance.
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So why such a long wait, especially since so many other shows are already kicking off production now? One of the major reasons may be that unlike many shows over the past year, The Blacklist did end up filming a full 22-episode order — that meant that they kept filming until early June. If they were to kick off production either late this month or in early August, the cast and crew would have almost no break at all. That wouldn’t leave much time, either, for pre-production to start preparing things in advance. Because production periods are so intense and include so many long days, filming is hardly your typical 9-to-5 job. It requires a pretty lengthy period of recovery after the fact just to ensure your life feels balanced.
While there’s no official news on the episode count as of yet for season 9, we’re hoping once again that it is 22. Arison notes that he hasn’t seen any scripts yet, so it’s hard to tell at present just what is going to happen next for Aram, Reddington, or any other character. The only cast member who may know many of the secrets is James Spader, and that is due to his executive-producer credit that he has on the show.
What are you hoping to see on The Blacklist season 9?
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