Will The Blacklist Kill Off Another Major Character In Season 5?

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Spoilers ahead for Episode 20 of The Blacklist Season 5, called "Nicholas T. Moore." If you haven't watched yet, you may want to check out some of our non-spoilery articles until you get the chance to tune in.

The fifth (and hopefully not final) season of The Blacklist is coming to an end in the not-too-distant future, and the time has come to start worrying about the good guys. Season 5 has proven that the show isn't afraid to kill off major characters, and the stakes have been as high as ever overall in the second half of the season. The events of the latest episode have raised the question of whether The Blacklist could kill off another major character before the season is over. Samar has been kidnapped by a bad guy with the potential for great brutality. Here's what happened.

In "Nicholas T. Moore," the task force was chasing down the case of a young girl who escaped from a group that lived in isolation in the middle of the woods. As if that wasn't already a red flag, the good guys realized the group believed that the world had been overwhelmed by a deadly virus way back in the 1970s due to the influence of a sci-fi novelist who wrote a failed book about that very scenario. The task force was able fill the people in on how the novelist had tricked them before a shootout between law enforcement and the members of the community could break out, but not before Samar was abducted attempting to protect the little girl. She wasn't with the group in the woods, and the end of the episode revealed that she's still with the man who abducted her.

The man who abducted her is still largely shrouded in mystery, but it's probably safe to say that he's a legit bad guy. He's played by none other than Pruitt Taylor Vince, who has played villains on everything from Stranger Things to The X-Files. The man knows how to play a scary bad guy, and I doubt The Blacklist would have recruited him to play Samar's abductor if he's just misunderstood. Could he go so far as to kill Samar?

Well, the promo for the next episode certainly indicates that her life will be in jeopardy, and it's entirely possible that the efforts of Aram and the rest of the task force may not be enough to bring her back to safety unscathed. Take a look:

Now, it's unlikely that The Blacklist would go so far as to reveal a character's death in a trailer a week before the death actually happens on screen, and Samar would be a big character to kill off. Still, the level of danger surrounding her could be a sign that The Blacklist does indeed intend to end somebody's life before the end of the season. Even if it's not Samar in next week's penultimate episode, perhaps Samar's abduction was a way of preparing viewers for an even scarier situation in the finale. We'll have to wait and see. Given that we already know Season 5 is ending on a cliffhanger, we'll have to cross our fingers for a renewal while we wait.

To see what happens next on The Blacklist, tune in for the next new episode on Wednesday, May 9 at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. For more viewing options, be sure to check out our summer TV premiere guide and our 2018 Netflix premiere schedule.

Laura Hurley
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