Last night, “Person of Interest” aired what was probably their most-hyped episode since the pilot, and over 12 million people ultimately checked in to see what has to be one of the more surprising moments in any procedural show just two and a half seasons in: The death of a series regular who had been there since the beginning. Taraji P. Henson’s Agent Carter died ultimately protecting REese on Tuesday night’s episode, and this was apparently something that was planned since the beginning in order to give this character a major arc, and also provide an extra bit of motivation for all of the other characters.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly after the fact, Henson explained that the reason that she joined the show was to do something different with a character that was going to be such a powerful part of the universe … but also a character that had an expiration date. She referred to filming the final scenes as “bittersweet,” but also explained that there was a warm and happy mood after the fact for her and her fellow co-stars, who she grew close to during production.
As for her own future on the show, Henson is open to potentially coming back in a flashback down the road if producers decide to go in such a direction:
“Maybe they’ll write me in — I’m totally up for that. When [creator] Jonah [Nolan] first called and asked me to read the script, I just knew there was nothing like this on television. You always know these characters are going to make it, that they’re going to live, and sometimes they tease you with a cliffhanger at the end of the season, but everybody knows deep down that character’s coming back. I just thought [Carter’s story] was brilliant and I was down for it.”
Now the rest of the characters are going to be forced to deal with the aftermath, and we imagine this being a focus for quite a few weeks moving forward.
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