‘The Blacklist’ Winds Up Series Using Animation During Quarantine

Animation Saves The Blacklist's Day

Blacklist Animated Finale
Blacklist Animated Finale

So what do you do when you’re filming a hit show and a pandemic hits? Well, the brains over at The Blacklist got creative and turned to animation to assist in wrapping up the season finale.

More from The Hollywood Reporter:

NBC’s The Blacklist will close out its seventh season with a twist: after production on the drama was halted due to the corona virus pandemic, the show turned to animation to help complete the season finale.

The hybrid episode is set to air May 15 and will serve as the season finale for The Blacklist (it has already been renewed for 2020-21).

The episode, titled “The Kazanjian Brothers,” was midway through filming in New York when production stopped in mid-March due to the pandemic. The show’s producers looked for outside-the-box ways to complete the installment and settled on graphic novel-style animation (as shown above) to be incorporated with scenes that had already been filmed.

Actors recorded dialogue from their homes for the animated scenes, and all animation and editing was done remotely. As The Hollywood Reporter has reported, production on a number of animated series has continued largely uninterrupted during the pandemic as studios and producers have adapted to working remotely…

So will they pull it off? We have faith! The episode is set to air May 15 on NBC.

In the meantime, watch the cast celebrate 150 episodes. You’re welcome!

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