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The Blacklist delivers huge twist in season 8 finale as major star exits

·2-min read
Photo credit: NBC Universal
Photo credit: NBC Universal

The Blacklist spoilers follow.

As fans may well have expected, The Blacklist's eighth season ended in tragedy, following confirmation of Megan Boone's departure from the series.

Earlier this month, The Blacklist revealed that its central character FBI agent Liz Keen would make her final appearance in the season eight finale, setting up James Spader's Raymond Reddington as the new lead.

In yesterday's (June 23) season finale, fans watched on in horror as Liz was shot in the back by one of Neville Townsend's henchman while meeting with Red. Liz fell into Red's arms as she bled out from her injury, only for him to walk away.

Photo credit: Sony Pictures / Sky - NBC Universal
Photo credit: Sony Pictures / Sky - NBC Universal

Related: The Blacklist losing leading star ahead of season 9

Hopes of Liz moving on and starting a new life with her daughter were dashed, as were hopes of the former agent finally discovering the identity of serial killer-turned-profiler Red.

In an emotional Instagram post, Megan Boone bid farewell to her character, paying tribute to the cast, crew, and fans.

"This experience, for me, has been an entire life inside of my own life. These eight years playing Liz Keen have helped me better define the world and myself, as she set out to do the same," the actress wrote.

Photo credit: NBC Universal
Photo credit: NBC Universal

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"Liz sought incorruptible familial bonds, and collided with powerful forces to reveal the boundaries where a cruel, indifferent world ended and she began.

"As her story ends I am grateful, most of all for the people I shared this time with: my fellow cast members present and past, our incredible crew who carried every single day for all involved, and those of you we entertained."

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She continued: "The dreams inside this little life are the memories I still have of the guest stars passing through, however briefly – of their faces, their voices, their idiosyncrasies and talents.

"There have been such an astounding abundance of you over my 150+ episodes that, ironically, I could not list you all here, but… What a list. What a dream. Thank you all."

The Blacklist airs on NBC. In the UK, viewers can find it on Sky One.

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