‘The Blacklist’ first look: Mr. Kaplan returns from the dead in season 8 (exclusive)

A fan favorite has returned from the dead, more or less.

The blacklist welcomes Mr. Kaplan, played by Susan Blommaert, on Friday’s episode, titled “Misère.” A look back at the key events that led Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) to align herself with a powerful foe against Raymond Reddington (James Spader), the next installment continues Liz’s season-long effort to defeat him once and for all.

ET exclusively debuts a first look at Kaplan’s return to The blacklist after his dramatic death in season 4.

“The last time we saw Elizabeth Keen was in the fourth episode of this season, when she went into hiding to prepare for her war with Reddington. This next episode, which plays on time and perspective, will tell the side of the story. from Liz, “said creator and executive producer Jon Bokenkamp exclusively tells ET. “Explore Liz’s journey since we last saw her, and yes … Mr. Kaplan is part of that journey.”

“Remember, Kaplan fought Reddington, unsuccessfully, in season 4,” he reminds viewers. “Needless to say, he’s here for Liz in what promises to be the toughest fight of his life.”

In the exclusive photo, Kaplan comforts a downtrodden Liz in a rare moment of quiet.

The blacklist airs Fridays at 8 pm ET / PT on NBC. For more information, see below.

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