The Blacklist - Episode 3.19 - Cape May - Press Release, Promotional Photos, Promo & Post Mortem Interview *Updated* By Nirat Anop (April 16, 2016, 1:51 pm)
(X) "CAPE MAY"
04/21/2016 (09:00PM - 10:00PM) (Thursday) : A mysterious beauty on the run from unknown assailants accidentally crosses paths with Reddington (James Spader) and enlists his help to fight back against her attackers.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Is Elizabeth Keen really dead?
JAMES SPADER: I think it’s most prudent not only as just myself and what I know or don’t know for that, but also in terms of the character of Reddington: Elizabeth Keen is dead.
When did you first hear this is what the writers were going to do?
Oh, boy. That was so long ago. Jon Bokenkamp, John Eisendrath, and myself are usually talking before a season ends. We’re talking about where this next season will at least start and sort of a roadmap for where it might go. The timing and source of great ideas cannot be predicted and therefore during the course of the season, even if you have a path that you’re on — on this show because there’s such freedom in terms of direction that one wants to take or change of direction, or a switchback or something like that — there’s a certain amount of fluidity in terms of where we might go, which was very advantageous for us in this past season.
It was very apparent quite early on in the start of filming for the season, even though she was not able to make an announcement and was honoring the requisite grace period of a first trimester of not speaking of it or sharing it, it was apparent to most of us that Megan was pregnant. It was apparent to me within the first month or so of shooting and yet I don’t think she really acknowledged it until considerably later than that. As soon as that became apparent, it was certainly going to dictate what the second half of the season was going to be and actually open up some great, some really wonderful storylines to work with it. So, this is a long and convoluted way of getting at the fact that I don’t remember exactly when it came up that Elizabeth Keen was going to die.
Do you recall your reaction though?
For me, it was a matter of timing. The whole second half of the season was a matter of timing. It was trying to stay ahead of an audience, but also stay ahead of a pregnancy where we acknowledged the pregnancy on the show prior to the point where it is quite blatant. And then, when we do acknowledge Elizabeth Keen’s pregnancy, that the pregnancy not get away from us. In other words, that all of a sudden we acknowledge the fact that she’s pregnant and a week later she’s quite pregnant. I think we just made it.