Missing out on your weekly does of James Spader’s Red Reddington? Excited to meet more cleverly named bad guys, see Paul Reubens take on a creepy new role and find out what the heck happened to Berlin and good-guy-turned-bad Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold)? Impatient to find out whether or not Red is actually a father to Liz (Megan Boone) or just some creepy murderous uncle figure? Sadly, we don’t have the answers to any of those questions, but we are happy to confirm that at least the wait is over.
When The Blacklist returns for a second season on Monday night, viewers can expect some of those questions to at least be addressed, but as the show proved in Season 1, there will be plenty more questions raised.
“From what little I’ve heard about the direction in Season 2, there’s a lot of turning things on their head in a great way,” Eggold teases ahead of the premiere. “There are lots of surprises. At the end of Season 1 you’re like, ‘Where can we go now?’ At the beginning of Season 2 there’s a whole great new road to travel.”
The actor couldn’t reveal whether Tom actually kicked the bucket at the end of that tumultuous Season 1 finale (our money is on no, especially since he participated in the Season 2 photo shoot), but he did tease that viewers are in for another wild ride.
“I know a general direction that they want to go in Season 2 and it’s super awesome,” he tells The TV Junkies. “I’m really excited about it. But we’re not supposed to say whether Tom is alive or dead so we don’t know. I could be dead in a gutter, bleeding, being eaten by like ally cats. Tabby ally cats.”
Assuming Tom pops up again at some point in Season 2 (we’re assured it’s more of a slow burn if he does), Eggold says that he would really look forward to learning more about who the real Tom Keen is, what his motivators are, if the information bombs he dropped in Season 1 were real and if so, what does it all mean about Red’ disjointed background? For now, the actor says we’re just going to have to wait and see.
“Just forget everything you know” he says. “They’re just going to keep shifting the crowd and that I think is what will keep this show exciting. So I can tease that. It ain’t gonna be easy this year. And it’s definitely going to be interesting.”
Think Tom is still alive? Talk it out below. In the meantime, The Blacklist returns Monday, Sept. 22 at 10 p.m. ET on Global and NBC.