The cast and crew Person of Interest showed up at Comic Con 2015 to represent their upcoming, and possibly final, season of the artificial intelligence series.
– Panelists for the show included series Creator Jonah Nolan, Showrunner Greg Plageman, Producer/Writer Denise The, Jim Caviezel (Reese), Michael Emerson (Finch), Kevin Chapman (Lionel), Amy Acker (Root).
– The panel was hosted by IGN’s Matt Fowler.
– The season has a reduced order of 13 episodes. Jonah Nolan said they are making 13 kick-ass episodes and then they’ll “drop the mic”, happy with what they have made, even if the show isn’t renewed again.
– The show will be coming to Netflix and in syndication on WGN.
– The major question of this season will be: what will the machine become as it is rebuilt?
– Emerson said that in rebuilding the machine, Finch might give it more of the freedoms Root wants for it, and that could make the machine a better warrior.
– Chapman thinks this season will have his character searching for answers.
– Caviezel’s favorite episode of the season was the one in which Reese hallucinates Carter’s presence as he bleeds out in the cold.
– Acker talked about the complexity of shooting for the show’s Groundhogs Day-esque episode If-Then-Else.
– Producer Denise The confirmed we have not seen the last of Shaw, “until Denise The kills her,” joked Nolan
– Denise The’s delight in killing characters was a running joke of the panel.
– Caviezel said that his scene with Carter will act as a catalyst for a change of direction in his character that will help him move on with his team.
– Nolan acknowledged that Amy Acker was considered for her role largely because he and his wife were such huge fans of Angel.
– Emerson postulated that Finch might consider the use of a gun for strategic use, rather than for killing or injuring a person.
– Emerson would also like to see the return of Grace, as portrayed by his real life wife, Carrie Preston.
– Caviezel said that his character’s low gravely voice comes from the secrecy of Reese’s situation.
While the panel didn’t offer a lot of information for the show’s upcoming 5th season, it offered a lot of insight into the process of the actors and writers on the show. Matt Fowler was a strong and knowledgeable moderator, and the cast and crew were accommodating and thoughtful in their responses.
CBS has made the entire panel available to fans online.