Theories about The Blacklist are in all places — particularly for the reason that season 8 finale “Konets” killed off predominant character Elizabeth Eager (Megan Boone). Nothing will get by the present’s devoted fan base which is why some say the crime drama fell sufferer to the “fool ball” principle. It was coined on the set of one other present from the Nineteen Nineties. May this principle recommend what to expect in season 9?
‘The Blacklist’ followers say the ‘fool ball’ took maintain of the story
Since The Blacklist‘s Season 8 finale, followers have had ample time to take to the net the place lots of of theories lie. Lots of them revolve across the true id of Raymond “Purple” Reddington (James Spader), however often, one pops up and features momentum. Such is the case with the “fool ball” principle as described by way of TV Tropes:
A second the place a usually competent character immediately turns into incompetent which fuels an episode or a small plotline. Coined by Hank Azaria on Herman’s Head, Azaria would ask the writing employees, ‘Who’s carrying the fool ball this week?’ That is usually not a praise.
Often, the individual carrying the fool ball is performing out of character, misunderstanding one thing that might be cleared up by asking a single cheap query, or not performing a easy motion that might clear up the whole lot. It’s virtually as if the character holding the ball is being willfully silly or obtuse far past what has been established as ‘pure’ for them. Often, it’s solely as a result of the story (and by extension, the writers) want them to behave this manner, or else the chosen plot/battle for the episode received’t occur.
One fan on Reddit thinks Liz carried the ball from the beginning of the collection. “A lot in order that, when she behaved rationally/sensible/competent, Liz was performing out of character,” the fan said.
‘Konets’ proved the speculation true, in line with followers
A serious sticking level got here in “Konets” when Purple requested Liz to kill him to be able to seem menacing to different criminals.
“That was the fool ball itself,” the fan wrote. “She shot her father. To guard her from the hurt of that, Katarina at first blocked Liz’s reminiscence after which constructed RR. She stated, if he seems to be alive, it will imply that Masha by no means killed him. Nicely, and now Purple deemed she must kill him additionally by capturing.”
Contemplating the longevity of the collection, there’ one thing preserving viewers from turning away (Spader, principally). Nevertheless, some say if the speculation continues to show true, there received’t be any redeeming high quality left.
May the speculation recommend issues to come back in ‘The Blacklist’ season 9?
With this principle in thoughts, the end of “Konets” revealed Purple and Dembe (Hisham Tawfiq) leaving Liz to bleed out earlier than the duty drive workforce arrived on the scene. FBI Agent Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) had a romantic relationship with Liz after a number of seasons of working collectively. That places him on the high of the “fool ball” principle for some.
“Ressler would be the fool in Season 9. In fixed hypoxia because of respiratory with just one lung and overwhelmed by the magnitude of the lack of Liz, he’ll overlook to examine the safety cameras, deal with Vandyke as an harmless bystander, and never do ballistics on the bullet that killed Liz, accusing Purple of her homicide and pursuing him to the sides of the recognized universe,” one fan identified.
“If they’ve Ressler looking for [Red’s] id then the duty drive chases Purple. I’m OUT,” one other stated.
“Yeah, all of it factors out that Ressler goes to be the brand new Liz,” one other added.
We don’t know if season 9 will take this route for certain, however with Liz’s loss of life, we’re certain Ressler will make catching Purple his private mission whether or not it serves the story — or his character — or not.
Almost everybody loves Reddington regardless of his misgivings
The Blacklist wouldn’t be practically as profitable with out Spader’s dynamic efficiency. The character, who’s loosely based mostly on lifetime felony Whitey Bulger, is a posh mixture of terrifying and electrical. He can prepare to have a suspect tortured inside minutes of exhuming enigmatic appeal.
Although the submit instructed Purple has held the “fool ball” just a few instances in season 8, nobody appears to care. There’s little he can do to shake his fan base and that’s largely because of constant writing of his character particularly, Spader as an government producer of the collection, and Spader’s essence generally.
“Nearly any scene with Purple is sensible, and his comedic ones are pure gold. It doesn’t matter what number of instances I watch an episode, it solely will get extra hilarious, not much less,” one fan wrote.
“I can’t consider something that might make me hate crimson except he actually went down a listing and killed each good character within the present,” one other said.
That stated, the “fool ball” principle does appear to ring true as there are lots of cases all through the final eight seasons that would’ve been written in a different way. Nonetheless, we’re rooting for you, season 9.