** This post contains major spoilers from the April 14, 2016 episode of NBC’s Blacklist. **
Megan Boone is leaving The Blacklist. And if you’re a fan of the hit NBC show, the cast is just as shocked as you are.
The Blacklist has danced around duo of Tom (Ryan Eggold) and Elizabeth (Boone) since the first season. Aside from Red’s (James Spader) plotting, Tom and Megan’s dynamic of husband and wife-turned-fierce adversaries has delighted of fans from the very beginning. But in recent episodes, plotlines have shifted predominately towards Tom. And now we know why. It was revealed in Thursday’s episode (April 14) that agent Elizabeth Keen died during birth of their daughter.
Boone has yet to say anything about her sudden exit. But that doesn’t mean her co-stars aren’t. Actor Ryan Eggold took to Twitter to express his sentiments.
“Then turn tears to fire One fairer than my love? The all-seeing sun Ne’er saw her match since first the world begun,” he wrote, tagging Boone along with a heart emoji.
The actor elaborated on his reaction in an exclusive statement to TVLine: “I was as shocked as I think the fans are! I have loved working with Megan, especially as we explored the complicated dynamic in Liz and Tom’s relationship. I’m incredibly curious to see how this deep cut affects Tom’s understanding of the world and what this means for the future of their daughter.”
Meanwhile, costar Harry J. Lennix said the episode was “gut-wrenching” to watch.
https://twitter.com/HarryJLennix/status/720797221218701313″Hi Tony – thanks! It was a gut wrenching episode for me to watch too:) Goodnight:),” said Lennix in response to a fan.
Outside of the world of secret agents, actress Megan Boone is preparing to have her first child with partner Dan Estabrook. So this department might be something of a maternity leave for Elizabeth rather than an end-all-be-all. Keep in mind, Red has faked Elizabeth’s death before only to bring her back when the heat cooled down.