‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 Already Has Some Glaring Plot Holes

The Blacklist Season 9 picks back up two years after the season 8 finale. Most shows that have been on the air as long as The Blacklist are susceptible to the occasional goof. Still, fans want the shows they watch to make sense, at least within the fictional universe. The Blacklist Season 9 is only a few episodes in, and there are already quite a few things that don’t make sense.

Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper and James Spader as Raymond "Red" Reddington in 'The Blacklist' Season 9. Cooper and Red talk in the kitchen. Weecha can be seen in the background.
Harry Lennix as Harold Cooper and James Spader as Raymond “Red” Reddington in ‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 | Will Hart/NBC

How did Dembe Zuma become an FBI agent?

Fans love Dembe. He’s a great character and a compelling part of The Blacklist. However, the fact that he is now an FBI agent in season 9 is a little far-fetched. Dembe was Red’s right-hand man and close personal friend for years.

Even if Dembe doesn’t have a criminal record himself, it’s hard to believe that a close friend of the FBI’s most wanted man would be a good candidate to become an agent, a fan pointed out on Reddit. Harold Cooper supposedly helped Dembe land the job, but it’s still hard to get past.

Dembe’s change of loyalty makes even less sense. Red saved Dembe from human trafficking when he was 14 years old. Since then, Red has been a kind of father figure toward Dembe, and Dembe swore to protect him.

Now, suddenly Dembe has abandoned Red and joined the FBI. In The Blacklist Season 9 Episode 3, Dembe even made a decision to turn Vesco over to the FBI rather than let Red’s friend escape. Was Liz’s death really enough of a catalyst for Dembe to change his loyalties?

Is Red still terminally ill in ‘The Blacklist’ Season 9?

In previous seasons of The Blacklist, Red is sick with a mysterious illness that is eventually revealed to be terminal. His symptoms range from fainting to memory lapses, but the illness is never specified. In “Konets” Red makes the decision for Liz to kill him and take over his empire. However, that doesn’t end up happening.

Red survives and is now in The Blacklist Season 9. Yet, his illness, which previously seemed so severe, has not been brought up at all. Dembe did mention in season 8 that Red seemed to be getting better. Still, it’s a pretty big stretch to assume that Red just miraculously recovered from something that was supposed to kill him.

Agnes’ age in ‘The Blacklist’ Season 9 does not add up

It’s one thing to have an actor play a slightly younger or older character. It’s another thing entirely to age a character at an accelerated rate. The Blacklist takes place over approximately eight years from season 1 to season 8. Liz Keen’s daughter Agnes is born in season 3, meaning in season 8 she would be around five or six years old.

The Blacklist Season 9 aged up Agnes Keen considerably. Sarah/Katherine Kell as Agnes Keen in a tutu during a dance recital in season 7.
Sarah/Katherine Kell as Agnes Keen | Will Hart/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

The Blacklist Season 9 features a time jump of two years. In season 9, Harold Cooper mentions that Agnes is 11 years old. Viewers are wondering how in the world Agnes could have gone from a five-year-old to a preteen in the span of two years.

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