Person of Interest season 2 comes back from winter hiatus on Thursday, January 3 with an episode called "2?R." Executive producers for the show, Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman, sat down to answer a few questions about the winter premiere.
Here are a few things you need to know about the episode:
Reese is going to be in some real jeopardy
Jonathan Nolan: The thing we are trying to do with the show is keep it dangerous and alive. We're entering into a chapter of our story where one of our heroes is in real jeopardy. Part of the deal that Greg and I had was that we always wanted to keep it dangerous and surprise people.
Reese will definitely give the FBI an interesting dilemma
Greg Plageman: I definitely think there's an interesting dilemma here for Special Agent Donnelly and the FBI. There's a little intrigue to be played with there and not easily resolved. We think we have to play fair and honest here with our audience in terms of Reese's apprehension and incarceration and how long that will play out.
Finch will get some help rescuing Reese and it might not be who you think
Jonathan Nolan: I think it's very unlikely that Finch will not try and leave his heart to try and rescue his friend and erstwhile partner. But you have a full team here, you have Fusco and Carter and other people who might be interested in the fact that Reese, or a gentleman with his skills, could be locked up.
That is our first episode of the new year. While plans are sort of being put together, and while our heroes are trying to figure out what the hell to do with Reese locked up, Finch is going to have to get into very unusual circumstances to protect a very special person of interest.
Carter will have a tough time juggling both sides of the fence with Reese in custody
Greg Plageman: Obviously Carter being recruited by the FBI in pursuit of the man in the suit has been a common running theme on our show. But Donnelly is well aware of Carter's history as an interrogator in Iraq and now that he has Reese in custody, it's going to be very interesting to see how Carter is enlisted to play both sides of the fence.
Finch will find the tables are turned and it's his turn to handle some numbers on his own
Jonathan Nolan: We come back on the air January 3, so we're right back into it and the story will pick up hopefully with the same velocity. There is a fun wrinkle to that. Just because Reese is locked up; as we said in the pilot, the numbers never stop coming. So watching Finch try to spin plates in terms of "I've got to save my friend, but I've also got a backlog of people in serious jeopardy," it becomes the focus, as it did for Reese in the beginning of the season.
But Finch won't be handling the numbers alone
Jonathan Nolan: It's a team effort to cover numbers with Reese out of commission. Finch is up first and Fusco is up second.
The next three episodes are going to be "bananas."
Jonathan Nolan: Greg, I don't know if you would agree with me but, I would characterize the next three episodes of our show as completely bananas.
Greg Plageman: Not only are they bananas, but they take place in almost real time. We feel like we have to play these stakes for real. The FBI is breathing down their necks. We want to show the audience that Donnelly is a formidable character and we have a lot of fun with that, and some serialized content coming into play here, in the next couple episodes.
The question of "what is happening with Fusco?" will also be answered in the next few episodes.
Greg Plageman: That's an excellent question and one that's going to be answered in the next couple episodes as we resume in the new year. Obviously some of Fusco's predicament is Reese's doing as well, but the original sin of Fusco's predicament is of his own doing, [and that] is something that Reese that will remind him of.
What do you think of what the executive producers had to say about the Person of Interest winter premiere? Which character's storyline are you most excited to see played out in the next few episodes? How long do you think it will take before Reese is back where he belongs?
Person of Interest airs on Thursday nights at 9:00/10:00 PM, ET/PT on CBS.
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