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What Happened to Meera Malik on The Blacklist?
Ahead of the nail-biting final season, we're looking back at this Season 1 fan favorite.
The Blacklist is widely beloved for its non-stop action and thrilling villains. That said, the task force—and the cast members who bring it to life—is what keep audiences coming back for more.
Reddington (James Spader) has watched the task force evolve dramatically throughout the nine seasons of The Blacklist, with many characters coming and going. Meera Malik, a member of Reddington's task force in Season 1, is an example of this. Meera was dedicated, hard-hitting, and never afraid to stand up for herself. In short, she was the perfect person to help Reddington bring justice to his infamous rolodex of blacklisters.
Alas, Meera's life was cut short on The Blacklist, but she was a fascinating character before her time ran out. Even still, Meera's legacy will live on in the upcoming final season of The Blacklist. Read on to look back at everything that happened on The Blacklist that led to Meera's untimely death.
What happened to Meera Malik on The Blacklist?
Red first brushes shoulders with Meera in Season 1 of The Blacklist after Meera is assigned to Harold Cooper's (Harry Lennix) task force by Diane Fowler. From just looking at her, Red clocks that she is CIA, but Meera isn't exactly an open book. Meera had previously resigned from the CIA to spend more time with her family, but her unique set of skills landed her back on assignment.
Meera quickly became known for her strong belief in enhanced interrogation techniques (read: torture). Meera was exceptional at getting just about anyone to talk while she was trained to withstand any interrogation. Meera's interrogation tactics proved incredibly helpful for Red and the task force, and she became one of the driving forces behind the team's success in Season 1.
But The Blacklist and betrayal are basically synonymous, and in "The Cyrpus Agency," Meera reveals that she betrayed the task force by leaking the location of their HQ, known as the Post Office, to terrorists. After those terrorists attacked, it was clear a mole was in the midst, and Red was determined to sniff it out.
In an ironic twist, Red interrogated Meera about her actions. She revealed that the order was issued by someone higher up than Harold Cooper, who had Meera leak the blueprints under the cover of needing security upgrades. Meera wasn't sure who issued the order, but after her friends were killed in the attack, she became hellbent on finding out who did. Meera managed to sneak away with Cooper's classified file and provided Red with a copy of who authorized the order. In doing so, Meera helped Red discover the identity of the actual mole: Diane Fowler.
Fast-forward to the nail-biting end of Season 1. Alan Fitch, #12 on the blacklist and one of Red's former comrades, revealed to Red that members of the task force were being targeted by blacklister Milos Kirchoff (also known as "Berlin"). After Red got this warning, he called Keen and discovered that Meera and Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff) were already in the field investigating a dance club for Berlin's whereabouts.
As soon as Meera split up from Donald, her life came to a tragic end. In one of the saddest moments of The Blacklist Season 1, Meera is killed after one of Berlin's men slit her throat. Keen arrived on the scene to find Meera bleeding out, and later confirmed to Red that she passed away.
But Meera's legacy lives on, especially in the upcoming Season 10 of The Blacklist. Season 10 will introduce a new character to the mix: Siya Malik (Anya Banerjee), an MI6 intelligence officer and Meera's daughter. Fans are unsure of how Meera's daughter will cross paths with Reddington, whether as a friend or a scorned foe, but they can't wait to find out how it shakes out.
Watch The Blacklist's final season premiere on February 26th at 10/9c on NBC. It will air Sundays at 10/9c on NBC and later stream on Peacock.
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