Having to produce 22 episodes of content in a season is undoubtedly a daunting task. It’s why so many cable networks opt for the 13-or-less route when producing a season of television. One of the reasons is the question: How does a series service its overarching plot in 22 segments, without stretching out the drama to the point it loses all of its tension? This is one of the major problems facing The Blacklist from season to season, and it’s one that the show has made some efforts to address. But, at the end of the day, when you have more than 20 hours of television to produce, you take a shortcut – any shortcut – when you can find one.