The Blacklist lost a critical member of its cast last season. Mozhan Marnò, who had been with the show since Season 2, exited the series. Her character, Samar, was written off without dying. Albeit, Samar’s health was in a fragile place. Writing-wise, the door was left open for her to potentially return sometime in the future.
For the remainder of the season, Cooper, Aram, Ressler, and Aram comprised the Task Force. Could The Blacklist introduce another character to join them in Season 7? It is a burning question heading into the next installment. Series creator, Jon Bokenkamp, discussed the possibility, telling EW:
Jon Bokenkamp’s answer makes it sounds like it could happen. It does not seem like they are in any particular rush. The Blacklist handled the changing dynamic well without finding an immediate replacement. In Samar’s absence, Aram did get to take on a more active role in the field, which I enjoyed.
Aram is such a great character, and anytime he can be utilized more is an excellent thing. Being without Samar has had a significant impact on the show. Jon Bokenkamp addressed the missing Task Force member situation in another interview. On the topic, Bokenkamp told Variety:
The new characters are always fun, in my opinion! Thankfully, The Blacklist did not do what it did with Alan Alda’s Alan Fitch or Mr. Kaplan to Samar. Their deaths make it next to impossible for them to return to the series, except in flashbacks. Samar could theoretically make a comeback. The hope that Red could find a cure for her condition is still out there. Even if he does seem sick himself.
Considering that The Blacklist seems to have an endless supply of interesting characters, it is really up to if and when they want to introduce someone new. I am in no hurry. The incredible ensemble they currently have works so well.
If they are going to introduce a new member of the Task Force in The Blacklist Season 7, I could see how it could happen. Red was taken captive by Liz’s long-lost mother, Katarina Rostova in the Season 6 finale. It is only a matter of time before Dembe, Liz, and the Task Force start trying to locate him.
Maybe, when they collaborate with law enforcement in France, they could make a connection with a potential recruit. If the team works well with them, I could see where that would dovetail.
There is a sign that viewers should be looking for to know if Aram is ready to move on after his breakup with Samar. Amir Arison, who plays Aram, said that the signal will be when he starts wearing brighter colored shirts again. Could that also be a clue that the Task Force is preparing to welcome a new member? Tune in and find out.
Like a contented Hallmark movie character, Britt happily lives in the same city she grew up in. Along with movies and television, she is passionate about competitive figure skating. She has been writing about entertainment for 5 years, and as you may suspect, still finds it as entertaining to do as when she began.
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