The Blacklist is losing two actors on its next season, season 10. However, we don’t know if they’re gone for good. The NBC crime thriller TV series just said goodbye to Agents Aram Mojtabai and Alina Park. The roles were played by Amir Arison and Laura Sohn. Both characters announced their leaves in the season 9 finale as part of the plot line.
Arison, an original cast member, is leaving to star in a Broadway production, The Kite Runner. In a statement to Deadline, Arison said he feels honored to have been with The Blacklist for so long.
Arison continued, “It is not lost on me how lucky I am to have been able to work and evolve with a role for 9 years with this extraordinary cast, crew, writers and producers. I could not pass up the opportunity, however, to fulfill a childhood dream of being on Broadway playing ‘Amir’ in The Kite Runner with a stage adaptation that is both breathtaking and timely. The producers, studio and network have been so supportive of my decision, and Aram remains ‘alive’ with the potential for a possible return at some point.”
One of the The Blacklist‘s executive producers, John Eisendrath, also opened up to Deadline. He said that they “hope [Arison] can return to reprise the role for some very special episodes next year.”
In the same finale, Agent Alina Park tells her coworkers that she will be taking medical leave due to pregnancy.
Season 10 was confirmed last February by executive producer James Spader. During an interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Spader revealed that The Blacklist “just got picked up for a 10th season.” The news happened to come earlier that afternoon.
Spader also happens to play the role of the criminal Red Reddington on the show.
The release date for season 10 of The Blacklist hasn’t been announced yet.