‘The Blacklist’: How Will Producers Finish the Late Brian Dennehy’s Storyline in Season 8?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Six-time Emmy nominee, Brian Dennehy, died on April 15, 2020. The demise got here as NBC ready to air a brand new episode of The Blacklist. Dennehy had a recurring position. The community honored the actor by airing a double-dose of the crime drama, adopted by an animated portion of his character. Dominic Wilkinson, for the season finale. That stated, how will the present proceed Dom’s story arc going into season 8?

Brian Dennehy appeared within the season 7 finale — kind of

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James Spader as Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington, Brian Dennehy as Dom | Virginia Sherwood/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank

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Thanks to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, TV exhibits needed to get inventive for his or her season finales. The Blacklist aired a half-animated half-filmed episode. It could have labored of their favor.

Brian Dennehy performed former KGB spy, the daddy of Russian spy, Katarina Rostova (Laila Robins), and grandfather to FBI Agent, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). His relationships with Katarina, Elizabeth, and Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader), had been complicated, to say the least.

The season 7 finale concluded with Dom nonetheless in a coma. Producers informed Deadline they deliberate to make use of present footage to finish the season finale.”

The early manufacturing shutdown meant shedding three further episodes of The Blacklist. Wherein the present sometimes airs 20-22 episodes per season, viewers solely acquired 19 for season 7. At the time, Dennehy’s Dom had been written into the prevailing COVID-19 plan.

‘The Blacklist’ remembers Dennehy

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Dennehy’s daughter, Elizabeth, shared the information of his passing by way of Twitter.

“It is with heavy hearts we announce that our father, Brian passed away last night from natural causes, not COVID-related,” she wrote. “Larger than life, generous to a fault, a proud and devoted father and grandfather, he will be missed by his wife Jennifer, family and many friends.”

Dennehy first appeared in The Blacklist Season three with 9 episodes listed. The actor had a number of different initiatives in pre and post-production on the time of his demise. Blacklist co-stars and crew mourned the loss.

“Our hearts exit to the family members of Brian Dennehy We had been extremely lucky to name Brian a part of our Blacklist household, government producers John Eisendrath and Jon Bokenkamp wrote on Instagram. “He introduced depth and humanity to a pivotal position and his loss is a giant one. Like everybody else on our present, we had been followers first. He might be missed.”

Co-star, Boone, additionally posted a photograph of the 2 working collectively on the Blacklist set.

“Rest In Peace, Brian Dennehy. You had unparalleled talent, magnetism, and gravitas,” she wrote. “I feel incredibly fortunate for having worked with you for your final character arc, as you were one of America’s great actors. My heartfelt condolences to Mr. Dennehy’s family and friends.”

Co-Presidents, Jeff Frost, Chris Parnell, and Jason Clodfelter, of Sony Pictures Television, shared their sentiments in a press release.

“We are very saddened to be taught of Brian’s passing. He was an especially gifted and type particular person, and he might be missed.  He was an integral a part of The Blacklist and an eminent member of our Sony household.”


How will producers deal with Dom’s story arc in season 8?

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When an actor on a success present dies, followers marvel how their storyline will proceed. In Dennehy’s case, it’s not but clear what writers will do. The present might’ve killed Dom the finale, however they stored him within the hospital.

Surely, there’s a plan for what comes subsequent. With Liz taking Katarina’s aspect towards Red whereas Dom lies in a coma, one thing has to offer. Thanks to COVID, there’s time to concoct a becoming ending.

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