The CBS crime thriller program “Person of Interest” seen Tuesday nights at 10 has lost one of its main characters; causing a flurry on Twitter. Oscar and Emmy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson, who played Detective Jocelyn “Joss“ Carter from the New York Police Department (NYPD), is no longer on the show in its third season.
Carter was killed by gunshot wounds by an “HR leader” (HR refers to corrupt cops in the NYPD) while trying to save John Reese (played by actor Jim Caviezel), a main character in the show who was presumed dead and a suspect of Carter initially. The other main character, Harold Finch (played by actor Michael Emerson) is a reclusive and strange billionaire who has his own sense of justice. He built a machine in the aftermath of 9/11 to target social security numbers and track people who have homicidal tendencies or victims of those tendencies. Carter had built an alliance with Reese and Finch in bringing criminals to the forefront.
In last week’s episode “The Devil’s Shame,” the team sought justice for Carter’s death in which Finch hoped the team not go too far in revenge in finding the key player in relation to her death; that can come up in the machine. The previous episode, "The Crossing," Reese’s number had come up and in a gun battle he was also wounded; but unfortunately Carter’s time was up, she became the victim instead.
Finch at the beginning of The Devil's Shame walks around like a zombie, with music in the background delivering the melancholy tone due to what happened to Carter. The pain is evident, as the next scene switches to Carter’s funeral, showing her in a picture frame with her family looking heartbroken by the tragedy.
In the meantime the team runs around with revenge, carrying around a picture of someone who they think is related to Carter’s death, the time blocks phasing back to prior years, and what caused the fiasco that is presently going on with the team and the enemies they are trying to eliminate or disband.
Detective Fusco (played by actor Kevin Chapman) was Carter’s partner and his major ploy was to find her killer. He finally gets his man, Simmons (played by actor Robert John Burke), a HR leader in which a bloody fight ensues between them resulting in Simmons arrest.
One character who was part of the HR group in the episode was Richard Brooks, who is widely known for his role as Assistant District Attorney Paul Robinette in the original "Law and Order" series. He was later decked by Detective Fusco during a police raid.
Two recurring women who were in Seasons 1 and 2 of Person of Interest are now main characters in the program. Actresses Sarah Shahi plays Samantha Shaw and Amy Acker plays Root, both killers in their own right on the side of Reese and Finch. Bear the dog remains.
Facebook and Twitter fans have made their voices heard; some implying with the two other women coming on the scene permanently (who are white), Henson, who is black, someone had to go. Then there was the kiss between Reese and Carter; strong enough for a passionate relationship to develop, but ended due to her death. Despite the retorts, Henson has no frets, she knew all along what was going to happen.
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Henson talked with Entertainment Weekly about her exit from the show, she explained:
“I always knew that we would have a beginning, a middle and an end. You don’t tell the audience “Hey, she’s not gonna last!” because that’s the whole surprise element, but that’s what’s so innovative about the show and that’s why I joined. We always knew we would do two, maybe three seasons.”
The actress holds no hard feelings about her violent exit from the show, she told EW it was “absolutely” the time for her character’s storyline to end.
“CBS This Morning” also interviewed Henson about the show and her future plans. Watch the video below.