SDCC 2014: Person of Interest Goes to War in Season 4

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It’s Samaritan vs. The Machine in the battle for world supremacy.

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Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman were tight lipped as usual during their annual trip to SDCC, though an intriguing trailer hinted at some of what’s to come. Team Machine has gone underground and assumed new identities in an effort to hide from the other (almost) all-knowing, all-seeing super computer Samaritan. Reece is shown flashing a police badge, while Shaw is shown working at a shopping mall make-up counter, and enjoying that as much as one would think.

Plageman described the major theme of Season 4 as all-out war between the old Machine and Samaritan, which is now in control. What exactly Decima intends to do with such power will be another of the season’s priorities. Jim Caviezel said that despite having none of the resources they’ve previously had, Reece is still looking for ways to “survive and advance” and help others along the way. In reaction to a fan’s question, he described Reece as a kind of “sin eater”, often killing bad guys so that other less damaged people don’t have to get blood on their hands.

Recent news reports about the NSA have shown that the idea of the government having the whole country under surveillance isn’t such an outrageous premise. When asked if he felt “vindicated” by such revelations, Nolan replied that it was disconcerting that real life might be even more messed up than the show he’s created, but “It encouraged us to get even further out there. It felt to us like a challenge. OK, the world has caught up to us. Let’s get out and find out what the next five years have in store for us.”

When a fan suggested that one or both of the machines should have a voice (like the HAL 9000), Nolan and Plageman implied that might happen and hinted that fans might not like what they hear. The perils of oversharing on social media will also be touched on this year. They also said they were looking for a way to bring Paige Turco’s Zoe back onto the canvas.

Person of Interest returns to CBS on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

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