The Blacklist cast teases new nemesis Halcyon Aegis
Will the Task Force get justice for Elizabeth Keen on The Blacklist?
After Liz’s (Megan Boone) funeral, the Task Force set out to find those responsible for her apparent death, leading them to Susan “Scottie” Hargrave (Famke Janssen). Scottie, it turns out, heads up a mysterious organization called Halcyon Aegis — a sort of contemporary to the Post Office, except they don’t have to play by the rules.
“Look, Halcyon is messed up,” Amir Arison tells EW. “Solomon [Edi Gathegi] is one of their agents. They were the ones [behind] the attempted abduction of Liz Keen, which eventually caused her death, and they were willing to shoot any one of us on the way there.”
Halcyon, and those who work for the company, including Nez Rowan (Tawny Cypress), are at the center of the potential Blacklist spin-off, which will be showcased during next week’s backdoor pilot. (More on that and all the other pilots in contention across the five networks here.)
The true nature of the organization remains to be seen, though given the nature of the last shady group the team went up against, it seems unlikely they come in peace. “The Cabal are the people who secretly run the world,” Diego Klattenhoff says. “So when you set the bar that high, you have to wonder what’s going to top that as far as what kind of shadow organization or group of people are going to be even scarier than that.”
“The reason it might be considered more dangerous is their goal was to kidnap Liz and she ends up dying,” Hisham Tawfiq adds. “They were a part of something that was ultimately bad, so that puts them ahead of The Cabal. But in my eyes, I always thought The Cabal was more of a threat.”
Suffice it to say, the Post Office will have to step up its game to be able to take down Halcyon, even if that means breaking some rules. “It’s all about conflict,” Klattenhoff says. “You find out that one of your friends and colleagues ends up getting killed because of this person and their actions, it’s not going to be pretty. It’s all about wrestling with that conflict of wanting to do what’s right, but then also bringing whoever it might be to justice.”
The Blacklist airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
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