Is "The Blacklist" Over For Good?

Red's Sentencing On 'The Blacklist' Isn't The End, It's Just the Beginning

Long live Raymond Reddington.


If you haven't seen an episode of NBC's "The Blacklist," you're missing out. The show follows criminal genius Raymond Reddington after he turns himself into the FBI, demanding only to speak with FBI rookie profiler, Special Agent Elizabeth Keen. The pair along with a black-book taskforce tackle Reddington's blacklist, a list of the world's most dangerous criminals.

After six seasons and a renewal for a seventh, "The Blacklist" has captured audiences in ways that other shows can only dream. With a genuine and reputable cast, alongside riveting and compelling storytelling the show itself is a seasoned recipe for success. However, questions have arisen as to whether or not there is longevity with James Spader's portrayal of Raymond Reddington.

The current season of "The Blacklist" follows Red's journey of incarceration and sentencing. In "The Corsican," Spader's character was arrested in New York City following a call to 911 by a homeless woman prompted by Liz. This entire time, she has been searching for the real 'Raymond Reddington,' after learning that the one she knows now took over the former's identity almost thirty years prior.

In "The Cryptobanker," viewers learned of the jury's final decision of whether or not they found Red guilty. The final decision was that the court found him guilty 'of all the charges.' As a result, his punishment would be the death penalty. However, in the previews for the episode, "Bastien Moreau" Liz is seen doing everything she can do to stop the process and break Red out for good.

Now, there is a question in Blacklist's fan-base of whether or not Red will get out and what exactly he will do if he does. There are some critics who say the show can only go so far, while there are others who speculate that there are a majority of stories that have gone untold. For example, Red's true identity, additional information about Katerina Rostova, what Red whispered to Alexander Kirk before parting ways, Red's relationship with Jennifer, if the information Red told Madeline Pratt was true or if there is truth yet to be uncovered (i.e. Diane Fowler) and the list goes on.

There are numerous unanswered questions that Jon Bokenkamp and NBC have yet to confirm or answer. In fact, there's an entire website "The Blacklist Declassified" and multiple Reddit pages dedicated to unveiling all the secrets the show has to offer. Answers to questions going back as far as the first season are still theorized and discussed all over the web.

In addition, the validity of his empire will certainly be examined in the coming weeks following Mr. Kaplan's reign of terror and all the time Red has spent in incarceration. His reach doesn't stretch as wide as it once did. The threat he once possessed has now been diminished to that of a small flame. Red Reddington is not the same Red Reddington that turned himself into the custody of the FBI.

But, if we know Red we know that he plays the long game. Not only has he anticipated the dead end, but he's prepared for it. He's an enigma, a chimera if you will. Red adapts to any situation as long as he can find anything to attach himself to. He's one man you cannot burn, cannot escape, cannot outwit and most certainly cannot put down.

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Hannah B Is The Worst Choice For 'The Bachelorette,' And These Instagram Comments Would Agree

From Alabama Hannah, to Bachelorette Hannah.


Many of you, including myself, delegate time every Monday to stop whatever you are doing and sit down to watch the newest episode of the bachelor or bachelorette. Monday's at eight are like breakfast to me- I don't skip it. I stay up-to-date throughout each season, memorizing each contestant and their often peculiar occupations. More importantly, I endlessly root for the bachelor or bachelorette, analyzing the contestants to decide who's really "here for the right reasons" and who isn't.

Hannah "beast" revealing herself on The Bachelor.

Without the support of the fans, the show's a bust.

Ever since the last season's contestant, Hannah B, also known as "Alabama Hannah" or "the beast", was named as the newest Bachelorette, the response from viewers has been overwhelming. Many people are disappointed with the decision, and I couldn't agree more. However, there are Hannah B supporters, and the one thing both sides can agree on is her quirky and awkward personality.

A comment on the @BacheloretteABC's InstagramDammitshirley

Some called it "real," but I call it a bad choice for The Bachelorette.

Anyone who saw the finale of Colton's season knows that her verbal skills are not ideal. Her first interview as the Bachelorette with Chris Harrison was absolutely cringeworthy. She was so uncomfortable, I almost couldn't sit through it. Equally, her infamous fail of a toast during her one-on-one date with Colton proves her inefficiencies just as well. Hannah B can barely think of what she wants to say and definitely struggles to speak a full sentence. My intentions are not to bash her; I also struggle with my verbal skills, that's why I'm a writer, and maybe Hannah B should be one too.

Check out this clip of Hannah B's awkward interview with Ellen.

'The Bachelorette' Hannah B. Is Ready to Unleash the Beast

I won't be sacrificing my Monday nights to watching Hannah B stumble over her sentences.

In addition to her verbal disparities, she isn't exactly a good role model. Throughout her time on The Bachelor, she was given an extremely unfavorable edit, presenting her in a negative light. Seemingly, she was deserving of negative attention. Rather than putting forth energy toward the ultimate goal of the show, Colton, she involved herself in petty pageant drama and made accusations about other contestants in order to lessen their chances. Caelynn, one of the contestants Hannah B mainly feuded with, described her as "manipulative, toxic, and deceitful."

A comment on the @BacheloretteABC's InstagramMel63anie

Don't get me wrong, I love the drama, but take it to "Bachelor in Paradise."

No one wants to watch the drama queen find love. Besides, her psychotic antics would be much better suited elsewhere, like Bachelor in Paradise, a drama-filled reality show where the rest of the villains of each season end up. By giving her this opportunity, her bad behavior is being rewarded. She doesn't deserve the spotlight- she's already stolen so much of it from Colton's season. There were many other contestants, like Caelynn, Tayshia, and Hannah G, who were much more genuine and respectable options to be the next Bachelorette.

A comment on the @BacheloretteABC's InstagramHallihanamy

Sorry Hannah B, I'm not rooting for you, sis.

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'Grey's Anatomy' Taught Me Just How Important Gay Rights Are

This episode opened my eyes and heart.


Attending a Catholic high school made it very clear in my mind that LGBTQ individuals did not fit in with society. I watched as our principle refused to allow students to invite their same-sex partners to dances. I remember our administration fighting against letting a boy on our dance team because they thought it would ruin the reputation of being a Catholic school. The way they were treated in front of me every day became the way I thought the world should treat them too. But I couldn't have been more wrong.

In season seven, episode 12 of "Grey's Anatomy," Meredith Grey encounters a patient who was trampled by horses after his partner set up a carriage ride to take them to sign their domestic partnership papers. His partner explains to Meredith that he had just wanted the day to be special because straight people get to have the most special day of their lives on their wedding day. They get the flowers, the ceremony, the reception, the gifts. At this point in time, all members of the LGBTQ got was their signature on a piece of paper.

I remember something inside of me being moved at the thought of someone simply being in love and not being able to celebrate it because people thought it was "weird" or "unnatural." I put myself in the reverse situation and thought about how much it would break my heart if society did not accept the fact that I want to marry my wonderful boyfriend some day. I cried during the scene in the show because even though it was acting, I could see just how important these two people were to each other and all of the unnecessary barriers they had to cross just to prove that their love was the same as anyone else's.

Maybe this moment was extremely late in my life to have the realization of how hard it must be for LGBTQ people to find happiness in our society, but I am glad I had that realization at all.

Certain religions crucify the LGBTQ community, saying they will go to hell for sexuality because it is a sin. Personally, I have a hard time believing that God could condemn anyone for showing another human being unconditional love.

It scares me how poisonous our society can be at times. 10 years ago, if you asked me how I felt about people in the LGBTQ community, I would probably (wrongfully) say that they freaked me out. These days, while you won't necessarily see me at a Pride parade, you will see me hyping up and supporting my awesome gay best friend to go after his crush. You will see me taking girls hitting on me as a compliment rather than something weird. You will see me openly supporting gay rights because it is the right things to do, human to human.

The saying "love is love" is so simple, yet so incredibly true.

I can't help how much I love my boyfriend and I would never in a million years expect someone to tell me to stop. Who are we to tell members of the LGBTQ community to stay in some box society and religion have built? We aren't. Love is love and you can never and will never be able to put rules and restrictions on a feeling.

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