As Tom Keen in NBC’s The Blacklist, Ryan Eggold sees his share of intrigue, a departure from his previous roles in 90210, Entourage, or Brothers & Sisters. As we learned when we caught up with the California native, Keen is comfortable with uncharted territory, which is exactly where we’re headed when The Blacklist returns for its third season on October 1 at 9/8c on NBC.
What are you most excited about this season? Anything you think will surprise fans?
This season is completely new territory. It’s unchartered waters and that’s what I’m excited about. For two seasons there’s been some method to the madness, but in Season 3 our world is upside down, Red and Liz are on the run, and as a result, everybody is fractured into their own groups. I think fans may be surprised how out of control Season 3 is in the most exciting way.
Your character has had so many ups and downs. Are you surprised by each script or are you informed ahead of time what’s to come with Tom?
It’s a mix of both. Sometimes we’ll discuss what’s ahead and other times I will just read the new scripts. We’ve been pretty good about staying on a similar page without overly discussing it and just letting the story unfold the way it should.
The Season 2 finale completely changed the landscape of the show, especially in regards to Tom and Liz’s relationship. Once Tom finds out what has happened with Liz, will he return for her rescue?
Tom is coming back for Liz. Tom has changed so much in two seasons. At this point in his life, the thing that matters most—I think even to his own surprise—is Liz. Tom is dedicating himself to helping Liz and to possibly reuniting with her. They’re very far away from each other in Season 3, but reaching out.
What are some of your favorite shows to watch when you have down time? Anything you’re excited about?
I love Game of Thrones. Can’t wait for the new season.
Being from Southern California, it must have taken some adjusting to East Coast weather? Are you ready for another New York winter?
Ha… I think so. I do love the seasons…something great about the tangible passing of time. I would always rather be cold than hot, so I’ll take a winter over summer any day. But ask me again in February…I’ll probably have a different answer.