CBS’s Person of Interest creators once had a plan of making a follow-up, or possibly a spinoff to the show. Is that plan still alive?
If Person of Interest ever gets a Spinoff, we will be extremely interested in seeing what story the creators choose to tell. Will they follow certain characters who survived the finale? Or it will again be The Machine driving the story forward with ‘Numbers’. Because with the similarities between the currently trending Westworld on HBO, which follows the very similar concepts and props, it will be hard to keep the Spinoff new and experimental.
- Plans for Person of Interest Spinoff and follow-up.
- No possibility for a Spinoff.
- When the follow-up show is coming?
Person of Interest was one of the most-watched and critically acclaimed Sci-fi shows, and it aired on CBS. The American Sci-fi and Crime Drama show ran for 5 seasons from 2011 to 2016. The 103rd episode titled “Return 0” marked the finale of the show on 21st June 2016.
Though the show wrapped up satisfyingly, some storylines were left open-ended. This made fans wonder if the creators plan to give the show a spinoff or a follow-up. In an interview after the finale, the creators revealed their plans for the Person of Interest spinoff.
Plans for Person of Interest Spinoff and follow-up.
Jonathan Nolan, creator, and co-producer of Person of Interest and Greg Plageman revealed their plans for the show’s Spinoff on the very day its finale aired. However, it’s been 4 years, and yet no development on those plans.
In an interview with Deadline on 21st June 2016, the creators revealed the possibilities for a follow-up. When asked, “Are you interested in doing a Person of Interest follow-up?” Plageman answered: “Look, I think the premise that Jonah came up with in terms of artificial intelligence that takes in all this information, processes it and gives, you might say, a predictive output in some regard is so strong that there’s no doubt that that could be revived in some sense.”
Though he agreed to the idea of the show’s revival, he said he’s not sure of the characters it might follow. He continued: “I don’t know if it would be with these characters. In Episode 11 this year we understood that the Machine had been providing information to another group of people. So, could it be that this show is strong enough that it could come back in a different form? I would say never say never in a world where we’ve seen the X-Files and 24 and a number of really strong premises come back as well.”
No possibility for a Spin-off:
When asked for a Person of Interest follow-up and spinoff show, Plageman agreed there are possibilities. However, they denied any plans for a spinoff show.
In episode 11 of the final season, we came to know that The Machine was providing information to another group. This led many fans to question if it could be a Spinoff plot. But in the same interview, Nolan discarded any such spinoff plans or seeding.
Nolan said: “Definitely not an attempt on our part to do a spinoff. If we were ever going to do a spinoff it would have been with the Control end of things and the relevant side of things which would have been great fun to take a look at three seasons ago. We didn’t want to do a spinoff.”
With clarifying if they ever meant to seed a Spinoff, Nolan also explained how the episode was mean to answer the biggest question that always surfaced the world of The Machine.
He said: “It was an attempt to answer a big question that’s always been there in terms of what happens to all the numbers that come up outside of New York City and to see that there is this master plan with the Machine in terms of the numbers along the way, everything adding up to something new and different.”
When the follow-up show is coming?
In the finale of Person of Interest, we saw The Machine, which was knocked-off, came back to life for good. Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) was saved by John Reese (Jim Caviezel). And later Reese himself died, which was the biggest heartbreak.
But with the several storylines ending with the possibility for revival, as The Machine also continued its work, there are always possibilities of the follow-up. However, when the creators are going to do that follow-up remains to be seen.
What do you think? Should there be a Person of Interest follow-up or spinoff show? If yes, will it mark the end of Westworld, starring Aaron Paul, which has boarded a similar concept in the latest season?