PERSON OF INTEREST Post-Mortem: Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman on What's Next for Root - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

PERSON OF INTEREST Post-Mortem: Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman on What’s Next for Root

October 9, 2013 by  

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for tonight’s episode of PERSON OF INTEREST, “Lady Killer.” If you haven’t seen it, go watch it, and then come back to see what POI executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman had to say about what comes next.]

After being locked up against her will at the end of PERSON OF INTEREST’s second season, Root is out of the asylum. (And how utterly chilling was it as Amy Acker as Root calmly explained how she was going to break out of the hospital, starting with putting drugs in the air filtering system, and then she’d stab her doctor when the phone rang? So. Messed. Up.)

Unfortunately for our guys, Finch realized something was wrong just a tiny bit too late, and arrived moments after Root escaped (and post-her shooting Hersh, who had come to take her out)…and he witnessed the destruction she left in her wake.

So what comes next?

“As she said, her relationship with the Machine is different from Finch’s relationship with it, Control’s relationship with it, and where that’s heading on our show, inevitably, all roads lead to conflict,” PERSON OF INTEREST executive producer Jonathan Nolan told reporters. “It’s not headed anywhere safe or relaxed. It’s going to get intense and dangerous and even more so…We’ve said a couple times before the season that if the Machine has a plan, what is that plan? And obviously it involves Root and we see through her, the beginning of the sketches of what the Machine is trying to do now that it has a little more autonomy, a little more control.”

However, the Machine gaining its own control — and its decision to use Root — will prove to be quite unsettling for Finch.

“I think it’s going to get increasingly unsettling to Harold Finch how the Machine is reaching out to her and in what capacity,” executive producer Greg Plageman teased. “And why is that different than the way it reaches out to our guys?”

And on a lighter note, Warren Kole, who played Ian, the episode’s POI (who ended up being a potential victim versus a serial killer), might be making his way back to the show sooner versus later.

“It certainly seems like he’s a guy who would be interested in the developments in the season,” Plageman said coyly.

“It’s kind of a standing policy we have if someone really pops, and people respond to them and we like them, and they’re good people, we’ll write for them,” Nolan added. “We’ll tell somebody, throw them back in [to a script] and we’ll see if they’re available.”

What do you hope to see from Root now that she’s free? And do you hope Kole comes back ASAP?

PERSON OF INTEREST airs Tuesdays at 10 PM on CBS.


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3 Responses to “PERSON OF INTEREST Post-Mortem: Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman on What’s Next for Root”

  1. eridapo on October 9th, 2013 2:54 am

    Thank you for this interview.

    What an amazing episode last night. This is one show that knows how to build season long arcs, maintain continuity, do character growth slowly, and manage to tell a great COTW each week.

    Our fantastic four has added Shaw, and I like what I seen of her.

    It was also nice seeing that little reveal that Mr. Reese and Zoe have something.

  2. April Valentine on October 9th, 2013 2:46 pm

    I think last night’s episode was one of the weakest every for this, my favorite tv show in years. I hate to have to nitpick but I’m not used to gaping plot holes and these characters doing things they spent two years telling us they would never do. The writing in the first two seasons was so tight, made so much sense and now there’s so much we have to hand wave. Reese was barely used last night — I know Jim Caviezel needs a week here and there where he doesn’t have to get into fights but…! And of all numbers, why would we want to see a guy who stalked women and assaulted a limo driver to kidnap the son he’d never met again? I’m still a big fan but I am hoping for much better in the weeks to come.

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