The Blacklist season 9: next episode and everything we know about the NBC crime drama

James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington in The Blacklist
James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington in The Blacklist (Image credit: Will Hart /NBC)

After a shocking end to season 8, some of the players of The Blacklist may have changed, but the NBC thriller starring James Spader is still here to entertain viewers (and will continue to do so with a recently announced pickup of The Blacklist season 10 (opens in new tab)).

The Blacklist season 9 is currently airing, so here is everything you need to know about the series.

When is the next The Blacklist episode?

The Blacklist is wrapping it up for the season with a finale titled "Marvin Gerard: Conclusion Pt. 2."  The new episode airs on Friday, May 27, at 8 pm ET/PT on NBC.  

Here is the synopsis: 

"Red and Cooper square off with conflicting endgames for their mutual traitor. A major secret about the task force falls into the wrong hands."

And don't forget, viewers can still catch up with the latest episodes of The Blacklist the day after they air on either Hulu or Peacock.

When is The Blacklist season 9 finale? 

The Blacklist season 9 finale airs Friday, May 27 on NBC.  

What is the plot of The Blacklist?

The Blacklist was created by Jon Bokenkamp and debuted on NBC in 2013. The series began with a young FBI profiler, Elizabeth “Liz” Keen, who has her life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond “Red” Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her. This inciting incident led to Liz and Reddington teaming up to take down some of the most nefarious criminals in the world using what is called “the Blacklist.” 

In the show’s eight seasons this has seen Liz and Reddington deal with numerous aspects of the world of crime, while also having to deal with plenty of twists and turns and a greater exploration of the mysterious origin of their relationship.

SPOILER ALERT if you are not caught up with The Blacklist as we’re about to go over the ending to season 8 (may be best to go catch up as soon as possible because it has some series-changing events).

Early on in the finale of season 8, viewers are told to expect a death. Reddington tells Liz that he is dying but that he wants her to be the one to kill him so that she can take over his criminal empire. To sweeten the pot, he reveals that he has a note from Liz’s mother explaining exactly who Red is, but she can only have it after she has killed him. Liz begrudgingly accepts, but when the time comes to shoot Red she can’t do it, which he understands. However, a rival associate pieced together Red’s plan and arrives on the scene and shoots Liz in the back. Red holds her as she dies.

Who is in The Blacklist cast?

The Blacklist has always featured the tenuous partnership between Red and Liz, played for the entire series by James Spader and Megan Boone, respectively. Of course, following the events of season 8, that partnership has come to an end, with only Spader continuing with the show.

Of course, there have been other members of the team that are around for Red to work with, including Diego Klattenhoff as Donald Ressler, Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper, Hisham Tawfiq as Dembe Zuma, Amir Arison as Aram Mojtabai and Laura Sohn as Alina Park.

While not part of the cast, creator Jon Bokenkamp also exited the series as showrunner at the end of season 8, with John Eisendrath taking over lead creative duties after having been with the show since 2014.

How to watch The Blacklist

NBC is one of the four major broadcast networks that has a local affiliate station in just about every TV market across the U.S. As such, it is included on just about every traditional cable/satellite pay-TV subscription, all of the major live TV streaming services (including Fubo TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV and YouTube TV) and can even be received the old-fashioned way, with a TV antenna picking up the local station’s signal. 

There are also multiple streaming options available to viewers if they aren’t able to watch the show live or have cut the cord from cable. The first is the NBCUniversal-owned Peacock streaming service. Via Peacock Premium, which is available at either $4.99 per month (with ads) or $9.99 per month (ad free), subscribers can get the latest episode of The Blacklist the day after it airs on broadcast. The same option is available for Hulu subscribers as well. These streaming services also offer previous seasons of The Blacklist

Subscribers to pay-TV or live TV streaming service can also watch The Blacklist on-demand through the NBC website.

Past seasons of The Blacklist are also available to watch on Netflix.

Has The Blacklist been renewed for season 10?

The Blacklist has indeed been renewed for another season. Catch out star James Spader’s announcement on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.  

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).