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Person of Interest - Episode 5.11 - Synecdoche - Sneak Peeks, Promo, Interviews, Press Release & Promotional Photos *Updated*

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Thanks to Dayana Hatib for the heads up.

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Promo & Post Mortem Interviews

TVLINE | As you reflect on your career, how will you regard the role of Root?

This has been one of my favorite roles that I’ve ever gotten to play. I’ve been super lucky to work with such great writers and showrunners…. I feel like I always get to play the best role on the shows that I’m on. Starting out, I had no idea what I was really what my [POI] character was, because I was playing a cover identity for Root, a psychiatrist, in the episode where I was introduced, so I really didn’t know what the role was. So just to see what they went on to create, and all of the different things that have happened….
I felt really lucky to have had the relationship with Shaw. I haven’t had a character that seems to have and such a profound effect on people. In the LGBT community, I’ve met so many people who have said such amazing things about this show and the writing, so to play a character that’s had an impact on people that way, I feel very blessed. They weren’t afraid to take her in any direction, and not just in that [romantic] sense but with everything about her. There were never any boundaries for this character, and I loved that about her.

TVLINE | In the million months since you filmed this episode, a controversy arose about TV shows killing off LGBT characters. But I think that in your defense, Root was a richly realized character, over four seasons. And as you have said, she died meaningfully.

NOLAN | Thank you for that. We haven’t seen these other shows [that killed LGBT characters], so I can’t speak to that, but it’s really just about characters getting their due and not feeling disposable, and not feeling like the audience’s investment in a character is being used against them, or that they’re being set up for it. This was always the end of Root’s story, this was always where we were going. It became clear at the beginning of the season that this was the end of the ride for us… and Root’s journey has always been getting ever closer to The Machine, so the end of her story was always basically becoming The Machine. That’s another thing I thinks separates this from the pack, and this is how Root feels about it — it’s an evolutionary step. We’re not trying to sucker-punch the audience.
PLAGEMAN | We’re aware of the objections now to that [“Kill Your Gays”] trope, and I think we circumvent that in many ways. This is a real relationship between [Root and Shaw]. Not only was it consummated but there are real feelings there in subsequent episodes. Not to mention, as Jonah said, we’re heading down the final stretch here. This is not the only loss that Team Machine is going to encounter.

TVLINE | Lastly, and for what it’s worth, I’ve enjoyed getting two to three episodes a week this final season. It’s been quite a charge. Not so much a “burn-off.”
NOLAN | Oh, that’s cool. We said this in an interview a few weeks ago, that it’s not a “burn-off.” I guess we’re supposed to feel slighted, but no, for the fans who engage in the show, it was always agonizing for us waiting for them to get to see episodes. Like, I’ve been waiting for people to watch Episode 4, and Episode 10, and Episode 12 and 13 of this season. These are hallmark episodes where our story makes big changes, so it’s a lot of fun for us to have the fans “shotgunning” the whole season like this. Like you said, it’s a charge.


“Synecdoche” – The team must unravel a conspiracy and stay ahead of the Secret Service when the President of the United States becomes their newest POI. Also, Finch separates himself from the team and considers taking drastic action to combat Samaritan, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Tuesday, June 7 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

CHEAT TWEET: Can the team avoid the Secret Service when POTUS’s number comes up? Only 3 eps left! #PersonOfInterest 6/7 10pm


Jim Caviezel (John Reese)
Michael Emerson (Harold Finch)
Kevin Chapman (Lionel Fusco)
Sarah Shahi (Sameen Shaw)
Amy Acker (Root)


Joel Haberli (POTUS)
Karen Pittman (Tracey Phillips)
Will Brill (Charlie Vaida)
Theis Weckesser (Agent Daniels)
L. Steven Taylor (AIC Barnes)
John Quilty (Think Tanker)
Nathan James (Suit #1)
Kristine Johnson (TV Reporter)
Gregory Porter Miller (Officer Reed)
Adrian Alvarado (Lt. Johnson)

WRITTEN BY: Jacey Heldrich and Joshua Brown
DIRECTED BY: Tim Matheson

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