If it isn’t an evil organization that wants to take over The Machine, than it is a psycho woman on a mission when the second-season finale of “Person of Interest” airs this Thursday.
Despite all the protestations to the contrary by Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) that the machine couldn’t be tampered with, it turns out not to be completely true. He had set up a scenario in which the machine, suspecting it needed help, would make a call to a pay phone somewhere in New York City, and the person answering the phone would have access to it for 24 hours.
Now, with both the mysterious, international organization Decima and crazy-lady Root (Amy Acker) both having figured out the glitch that would allow entrée to The Machine, John Reese (Jim Caviezel) and Harold team up with surprising allies to try to save it.
“We wanted to just keep pushing the serialized aspect of the show, what it means in terms of The Machine as an evolving organism, what Finch’s intentions were and what is happening now with that in terms of Root’s relentless pursuit of it,” executive producer Greg Plagemen told xfinityTV in an exclusive interview about the Season 2 finale.
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For creator/executive producer Jonathan Nolan it was much simpler. He says his vision of the finale was “mayhem, chaos and drama.”
When it comes to chaos, there is the fact that we have yet to learn a great deal about Decima and who is behind it. We do know that the enigmatic, grey-haired man, who is working on their behalf, has claimed that the briefcase, which contained the virus with which The Machine was infected, came from Harold Finch. So it is chaotic because he is trying to stir things up, and it leaves John wondering if there is any truth to the statement — and if there is more about Harold that he doesn’t know– but Nolan and Plagemen aren’t talking.
What Nolan will comment on is Root, who sees the world — and the people in it — as something that can be hacked. She is relentless in her pursuit of The Machine, which we know as she had previously kidnapped Harold in an attempt to gain access and took him along on an extreme, cross-country crime spree. This time, however, she seems to think their goals are in sync.
“Root believes so much in the future that Harold Finch has built, then bottled up and locked away, that she is willing to do things on a personal level that don’t come easy because she wants to get there from here,” Nolan says. “She looks at the world and she sees its flaws, its ugliness, and she looks at a vision of pure intelligence [The Machine] and interacting with that, which is a goal she very much wants to reach. It is a goal, in a sense, that Harold Finch shares on some level, but in last week’s episode we [featured] a little bit of the places where they part company.”
Also, in the second-season finale, in Detective Carter’s (Taraji P. Henson) attempt to bring Cal Beecher’s murderer to justice, she finds herself up against the criminal organization known as HR. Initially, it appeared that they were going to have her murdered, but instead, they have framed her for a bad shooting, meaning she’ll face an investigation by Internal Affairs and possibly lose her shield.
“I think what Carter has been confronted with in the past two seasons is an issue of trust within the precinct,” Nolan says. “Now Carter finds herself clearly in the sights of HR, essentially they killed her boyfriend, and now we are going to see how Carter is going to have to deal with that on her own. I don’t think that will be easily resolved in the finale, but I think you’ll see the stakes raised considerably even higher.”
On last week’s penultimate episode, Detective Fusco (Kevin Chapman) wasn’t in evidence, and he won’t be back until next season, as his storyline was previously wrapped up. But if we are lucky, Bear (Graubaer’s Boke, a Belgian Malionois) will be on hand to lend a paw.
“We have always viewed the show as about strays, whether it is Finch, Reese, Bear, Shaw [Sarah Shahi], or Fusco — all these characters who are a little lost, a little damaged and in need of a good home,” Nolan says. “In the second season, we thought it was a fun thing to do [to add Bear]. And, it is a way to see a little bit of warmth with those characters.”
Another lose end that, hopefully, will be resolved is what happened to Harold’s former partner Nathan Ingram (Brett Cullen). As we saw in the final moments of last week’s episode, Nathan’s number came up just as Harold was shutting down The Machine and Harold was telling Nathan that those numbers, i.e. people, were expendable.
So what happened to change his mind? “You are going to have to stay tuned,” is all Nolan and Plagemen will say.
The “Person of Interest” Season 2 finale airs Thursday, May 9 at 9/8c on CBS.