The Blacklist is full of complex and dynamic characters. However, most fans will agree that the best ones were introduced after season 1.
The Blacklist has seen plenty of characters come and go, from Liz’s love, Tom Keen, to Mossad operative Samar Navabi. While the mainstay characters were all introduced in season 1 and, in most cases, in the very first episode, several supporting characters were introduced as the series went on.
5 Neville Townsend
Every show like The Blacklist has that character fans love to despise. In the case of The Blacklist, while there were plenty of villains throughout the series, none was as brutally evil as Neville Townsend.
He was mainly seen on a murderous rampage, attempting to avenge the deaths of his wife and children. He didn’t even flinch when deciding to have his own sister killed and would flip allegiances on a dime if it would benefit his interests. Neville certainly had viewers nervous whenever he appeared on screen as he was so unpredictable.
4 Alexander Kirk
Also known as Constantin Rostov, the most interesting storyline involving Kirk was that he was suspected to be Liz’s biological father. Even he was convinced she was his daughter, tracking her down in hopes of using her to help save him from a terminal illness (via her potential of being a genetic match).
The back and forth he and Red had, followed by the mind games with Liz and the reveal of the truth, made season 4 a really compelling drama.
3 Dominic Wilkinson
While the character was played by a different actor in the final episodes due to the death of the original actor, Brian Dennehy, Dominic’s introduction added yet another layer to Liz’s (and Red’s) confusing back-story.
Fans were continuously trying to figure out what Dom’s connection was to Red and whether he truly had Liz’s best interests in mind or if there was something more to his story. With his presence, he managed to provide fans with the answers they desperately sought.
2 Marven Gerard
When Red got Gerard out of prison, he had an instant legal ally on his side. Indeed, Gerard was loyal to Red right to the end, even if Red questioned Marven’s loyalty at one point, having him harmed and interrogated by Teddy only to discover that Marven had never betrayed him after all.
Marven was a great person to have on tap as a member of Raymond’s syndicate. Even though he suffered a pretty bad fall from grace, he was involved in some interesting storylines.
1 Paula Carter
One of the most likable characters in The Blacklist, Paula was introduced in season 8 as the adorable elderly woman and mother of Glen, who had no idea what her son was doing with Red all those years, nor who Red really was. Red had a soft spot for her not only because of his affection for her son but also her sweet and seemingly innocent persona.
But as it turned out, Paula was a pretty crafty woman who, once she realized who Red actually was, became a valuable member of his operation. Anyone who can turn a bingo hall of retirees into a call center to locate a criminal was a genius in Red’s books.