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‘Person of Interest’ started production of it’s third season last week and the cast took a quick break to hit up Comic-Con last week and share some of what to expect going forward. They also talked about how the NSA’s project Prism may change the tagline of the show, which is  “You are being watched”, and how it may impact upcoming episodes as well.

(Warning Season 2 Spoilers!)

In a example of life imitating art, news reports about Prism will be specifically interesting in the upcoming season because Season 2 ended with The Machine escaping the government’s control and making it’s own decisions going forward. Yikes! While we’re not 100% sure it’s going to turn into Skynet or if The Machine is controlled by someone yet, we’ve seen how things like this can be used against humanity or the general public all too quickly. Fitting that NSA’s Prism is going to be discussed right?

The ‘Person of Interest’ Comic Con panel itself consisted of Executive Producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman as well as Jim Caviezel (John Reese), Michael Emerson (Harold Finch), Kevin Chapman (Detective Lionel Fusco), and Sarah Shahi (Samantha Shaw). Finally rounding out the group was Amy Acker (Root). It was announced that her character will be a prominent figure from this point on as the actress is joining the show as a series regular starting in Season 3!

Her are some of the highlights from the panel:

  • While previously a lot of the information came from their technical consultant Tony Camerino, an Iraqi interrogator, this season will be more from what is in the news as of late. Perfect timing for Prism to go public!
  • Root isn’t bad so to say but just needs everyone to do what she says.
  • Samantha Shaw has no country to call her own now so will be a wild card. Think Jason Bourne if you’ve seen ‘The Bourne Legacy’ movies.
  • We are going to finally be getting more of Harold Finch’s back story!
  • Harold’s character will also be getting out of the Library more often this coming season.
  • With The Machine out in the world they plan on the science fiction theme of the show to finally ramp up this season, “I’m unabashed about the fact that it’s a science-fiction show, part of the reason science fiction fans may not embrace it is they sense that it’s true. Now that reality has caught up to us, we aim to push a little further in the third season out into that [science-fiction] space.”
  • Paige Turco (Zoe Morgan) will be returning this season to fix more problems.
  • Fusco’s past as a crooked cop is coming to an end as he “is coming back to the once heroic image of himself and it’s nice to see him come back into the fold and moving toward what once made him become a cop.”
  • Michael Emerson (Harold Finch) gave a little feedback too on the thought of The Machine becoming self aware which is something I think we’re all waiting for, “To me, the most poignant thing that’s ever been on the show is the idea the machine is sentient, pitiable. How great we could have our hearts touched by the machine being disconnected. I thought that was a great stroke.”

Check out the teaser video shown during the panel and let us know if ‘Person of Interest’ is on your list of must see TV.

Comic-Con 2013 ‘Person of Interest’ Teaser Video

‘Person of Interest’ returns to CBS on a new night, Tuesdays at 10pm beginning September 24th 2013.