When “Person of Interest” season 5 returns next year, conflict will arise regarding “The Machine.”
At the end of season 4, the advanced surveillance artificial intelligence, simply referred to as “The Machine,” was already turned off. In the upcoming season, Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) and Samantha “Root” Groves (Amy Acker) will once again try to turn “The Machine” on. However, Harold and Root will not be on the same ground when it comes to how it will be used.
In an interview with TV Line, actress Amy Acker revealed in the show’s 100<sup>th episode party, “Root is still [The Machine’s] No. 1 champion… So she is trying to convince Harold that we should maybe make some ‘modifications’ while we’re rebuilding Her.”
However, there are ethical issues surrounding the upgrade and changes, so the two will not agree on those. According to executive producer Jonathan Nolan, in the same TV Line report, their argument will add to the spice of the episodes, “What’s great fun about the early episodes is watching the two of them argue about if they can adjust ‘The Machine’s’ secret formula, should they?”
He added that because the stakes are higher and time is running out, the characters will be thinking about the ethics in changing their plans.
Moreover, fans will also learn about the disappearance of Sameen Shaw (Sarah Shahi). The actress said in the same report that Team Samaritan, the rival artificial intelligence which “The Machine” dealt heavily with in season 4, has something to do with it. Fans will get to see her in another light in the few episodes she will appear in and explained it was the reason why she still agreed to do the part. “It’s everything that I wanted to play in this character, all the places I wanted to go to as an actress but never had the opportunity, and they wrote it for me,” she added
“Person of Interest” season 5 will return early 2016.