Does The Blacklist Have a New Big Bad? Ryan Eggold on the Killer Reveal: "It's Reaching the Breaking Point"

"The glasses are coming off."

And watch out when they do because people tend to die. That was the lesson Jolene (Rachel Brosnahan), and the viewers, learned in last week's episode of The Blacklist, where Tom Keen (Ryan Eggold), seemingly perfect husband in the first half of the season, trained assassin on a mission in the second, fully revealed his dark side. Cue the collective roar of fans screaming, "Finally!"

The reveal has been a slow-burn on the NBC hit drama, but like the viewers, Eggold was happy to finally see Tom's true identity come to light. "I've been looking forward to it for a while," the actor admits to E! News.

When we spoke with Eggold back in November, he spilled that the writers pushed back the big Tom reveal after they "realized it was too soon." So did Tom's secret mission stay the same or did the plan change since then?

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"The plan is always evolving, but there are some sort of master plans at work. They always wanted to go down this type of road with Tom and exactly how it takes shape is still forming," Eggold says. "There have been moments where I've known a lot and moments where I've been in the dark, but I remember when I read the episode, I called Jon [Bokenkamp] and was like, ‘Dude, this is going to be awesome.'"

Definitely awesome? The intense showdown between Tom and Jolene, which resulted in her death and Tom's first big kill on the show. No more Mr. Nice Teacher. Though the brutal and extremely physical fight scene startled some viewers, Eggold reveals to us that we were shown was the tamer version.

"Can I tell you it was more brutal in that there were things that were cut out," he says. "Not a whole lot, not like another sequence, but one or two moments, one in particular that was particularly violent that was toned down a bit." (And yes, "there will be some more" fight scenes, Eggold promises.)


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