Person of Interest Root Shaw LGBT

For Person of Interest's LGBT Root and Shaw, 'A Lot of Milestones' Ahead

When GLAAD released its latest hand count of the LGBT characters currently populating the TV landscape, both Person of Interest‘s Root and Shaw made the list — for the first time ever.

“As they should,” co-showrunner Jonah Nolan observed when speaking to TVLine at the CBS series’ 100th-episode party. “It’s firmly established in canon.”

Of course, though it was Shaw (played by Sarah Shahi) who planted a kiss goodbye on Root (Amy Acker) in last season’s pivotal, heartbreaking episode “If-Then-Else,” the former until that point had been decidedly reserved with her feelings — despite Root’s occasional come-on.

“Shaw has always been the one that doesn’t experience emotions the same way that every other person does,” notes executive producer Denise Thé. “Her emotions have always been dimmed. So to awaken those in her, you have to have pretty strong chemistry” — which the lady killers indeed share (and then some).

“However you want to quantify it,” says co-showrunner Greg Plageman, “the audience has definitely felt the tension.”

And from the sound of it, things will only get more tense once Season 5 secures that elusive premiere date.

When last we tuned in, Root worked with Harold to extract The Machine from Her hiding place in the nation’s electrical grid and squeeze Her into a suitcase packed with memory boards. But leading up to that dire denouement, Root — alas, unsuccessfully — followed every lead available to track down Shaw, who had been grabbed by Team Samaritan following the “If-Then-Else” shootout.

It was of course just prior to taking one (or several, bullets) for the team in that melee that Shaw said that very special goodbye to a gut-punched Root. With Shahi set to return to the series not long into Season 5, will Shaw and Root mark any other relationship milestones, if and when they are reunited?

“I think you’ll see a lot of milestones,” shares Thé, who penned “If-Then-Else.” “As a writer, these ladies are so fun to write — they’re flirty, they’re fun — but there’s a deeper relationship, a deeper emotion simmering there.

“We have a very ‘interesting,’ Shaw-centric episode coming up,” Thé continues, “where you get to see what her life has been like, living in the grip of the enemy. And you’ll also get to kind of experience what the road might be like if she ever was to get back” to Root, Harold et al.

That episode — the fourth of the show’s midseason run, and raved about by Shahi herself — is, Nolan echoes, no less than “awesome.”

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  1. Big Mike says:

    Still like this show a lot, but it lost something when it fell down the “Samaritan” rabbit hole.

    • dioxinblues says:

      Different strokes. I feel like POI really hit its stride when it finally locked into the Samaritan storyline, which is pretty brilliant but does require that viewers pay attention.

      • Manu says:

        Agreed. I barely made it through season 1 and 2 but season 3, when the Samaritan storyline started, was mind blowingly awesome. Thank god the show became more serialized.

    • Mr. Smith says:

      Definitely agree, Big Mike. This was the beginning of the end, in my opinion. I didn’t mind the fact that “Samaritan” was out there, but it seemed to replace the central idea of the show that the “Machine” was the star and it was no longer relevant, much like the non-relevant numbers. It felt like the show jumped the proverbial shark at that point.

      • Mac says:

        I think you are confused. I suggest you re-watch from the beginning and go from there.

        • MDE427 says:

          What’d he get wrong? Or better yet – how is he confused? Whether or not you prefer the serialized shift (from part time serial to full) once the Samaritan storyline began, it’s subjective on whether or not you think it made it better, or worse. Factually, Mr. Smith has everything correct …..

          1. Central show plot was ‘The Machine’ and its irrelvant numbers Finch would receive
          2. Once the Samaritan plot began, the original theme of The Machine and its irrelvant numbers became much less the central story of the show, and instead became its subplot

          Some liked the shows original episodic theme (mixture of light serial, but mostly episodic ‘mystery of the week format), and some like the later, heavily serialized ‘Samaritan’ storylines. It’s completely subjective to each person’s preference. For me, I have always liked the show. From day 1 I was a fan. But I definitely prefer the later serial portion more than the earlier weekly stories. For me, season 3 forward is a better show.

    • Ben says:

      I think it both lost and gained something. I personally think it became one of the best shows on television when it hit the Samaritan storyline. But it did also lose a good chunk of its initial concept of a handful of people stopping crime, as the episodes of the machine spitting out the numbers of ordinary people and our guys just looking to solve the crime of the day became fewer and further between. And of course, we lost Taraji, who shone.

      I feel almost like it is a story of two halves – each with wonderful things about them.

  2. Mela says:

    So excited for season 5. Root and Shaw’s relationship is one of the best on TV.

  3. Manu says:

    I’m so effing excited! I LOVE Root and Shaw!

  4. Alicia says:

    Love this show like hell and the Shoot evolution has been amazing and heartbreaking! Looking forward to season 5!

  5. Erik says:

    I can’t wait! Love Shaw, Root/Shaw and POI!

  6. ninamags says:

    I like how the relationship has been a slow simmer so far. It’s great that they might (hopefully?) get a reunion and somewhere down the line a happy ending. This was not a show one would typically think would have LGB representation.

    • D392781 says:

      You really didn’t expect any LGB representation on POI? You can’t hold your head up in Hollywood these days if your show doesn’t have a homosexual character or two. It’s all about making TV accurately reflect the 42% of Americans who are LGB.

  7. dioxinblues says:

    Thank you to Team Person of Interest for actually having the conviction to go where the story and chemistry between actors naturally led as opposed to fighting back because they were of the same gender. I honestly can’t recall this happening before, especially on a network show.

    • Irrelevant says:

      Too bad they weren’t bold enough to go with the natural chemistry when the actors were of different races. Oh, wait, I remember — it was a show that would never be about romance back then (per Nolan).

      • Annie says:

        You mean between Carter and Reese? I’m pretty sure it had nothing to do with the mixed race issue, but more of not wanting to be like every other show out there by making their male & female lead romantically involved. I really liked their dedication to having a platonic love between them; that’s really rare on tv.
        And I think they would have stuck to their ‘no romance’ rule had the Shaw/Root thing not developed on its own. The actors played it a certain way and it just really worked…so they didn’t fight it. Which was also a brave decision.

        • Nan says:

          I really appreciate that they didn’t go with a Carter/ Reese relationship. They had such a great working relationship and friendship, I think it would have been so childish, especially since they knew from the beginning that Taraji P. Henson was going to be there for a limited run. To me, it was obvious they came to care about each other but not in a romantic way. And that made the story better then if they suddenly got all romantic with each other. I do get tired of series where, when things are getting a little repetitive, suddenly the main male/female characters get involved with each other. That has been done to death and I think it seemed to kill the shows.

          • Beth says:

            I so agree. The male/female leads “falling in love” is such a cheap and easy storyline. That is just lazy writing as far as I’m concerned. I like it when male/female characters use all of the tough times, dangerous time and funny times to become best of friends and support each other. I’m so tired of inevitably the leads get romantic. There are other possible endings besides falling in love/lust. Enuff Already TV Writers.

          • J.P. Orosz says:

            Yes the should have Harold and the dog getting it on next.

          • M says:

            Really? Harold and the dog? What an ignorant me!

          • JJ Johnson says:

            That has happened and has been the death knell in so many series – in POI the loss of Carter probably extended and saved the series.

        • jHarr says:

          It didn’t develop on its own. It’s all in the writing. I think a more interesting path to go instead of making them stereotypically lesbian at this point would have been, when Shaw kissed Root it was because Shaw, learning how to care for her fellow patriots (as she did for Fusco) was finally also learning how to feel compassion, knowing how much Root loved her, Shaw reached deep inside herself and gave her what she knew Root need most from her (Shaw definitely thinking this was her last day living, thought of her friends, as was very clear in her self-sacrificing actions).

      • Erik says:

        There was never anything implied between Reese and Carter though. They were written and portrayed as friends throughout three and a half season. It was Jim’s headcanon that Reese felt more for Carter than he let on.

        Also, just as an FYI, Sarah Shahi is technically not considered “white” so she is not the same race as Amy Acker.

      • Natalie says:

        Acker and Shahi are different races… Shahi is Iranian

    • Dennys says:

      There is nothing natural about any of this. You all act like this is some kind of real life story line. It’s no more real than Happy Days or Mork and Mindy. It is only what the writers put down on paper.Thanks to GLAAD every network has got to have it’s GLEE. CBS appears to have made POI it’s sacrificial lamb.

      • Don't compare Glee to anything says:

        Please don’t ever compare POI to Glee. Glee was a mess. Loved it, hated it. It was a mess. POI is actually portraying LGBT people in a not completely offensive way.
        Two characters having a relationship and being LGBT hasn’t and won’t affect POI great storytelling. The show is fantastic, and it will remain fantastic.

      • Manu says:

        Um, wrong. POI’s LGBT storyline kicked in the moment Root and Shaw shared their first scene together, which was nearly 3 years ago – it just took GLAAD a while to acknowledge it past the, you know, queerbaiting you see on most shows nowadays.

  8. elena says:

    Ugh, i’m so not feeling this forced Shaw/Root thing. I mean, really? Just because every TV show nowadays has their lesbian couple Person of Interest must have their own? The showrunners must have totally lost their way if they think that the “casual” Person of Interest fan want to spent watching the LAST season of this show focussing on them.

    PLEASE NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Don’t waste precious time with that.

    • ninamags says:

      Umm, have you seen all the new episodes yet? Because that’s the only way you can make that ridiculous, sweeping generalization. We don’t know if they are going to devote a few minutes per episode or entire episodes to their story. Way to overreact, and to hate.

      • elena says:

        So the fact that i don’t like them makes me a hater? Please that’s downright ridiculous.
        Of course i haven’t seen the new episodes, but what i read about those upcoming episodes makes me want to at least skip the Shaw one for sure now. I’m really not interested or care for her character. She is irrelevant to me. Root used to be exciting, but then they had to reduce her to a simple love interest, ugh.

        • Mela says:

          You must have skipped all of season 4 as well. Calling Root a “simple love interest” is just ridiculous. She’s the Machine’s Analoge Interface, HEAVILY involved in the Samaritan storyline and will rebuild the machine with Harold in season 5.

          • elena says:

            Actually i did skip scenes during season 4 yes. Root as the Machine’s Analoge Interface and her endless discussions with Finch bored the hell out of me. Her role is reduced to following what the machine tells her to do and this forced romance with Shaw. When was the last time Root did something the machine didn’t tell her to do?

          • dioxinblues says:

            elena: In answer to your question about Root: when she went after Shaw in Asylum against The Machine’s wishes, even going so far as to risk her life by playing “chicken” with The Machine to force it to give up Shaw’s whereabouts. Or when Root planned to poison Harold’s lady friend, which was also directly against The Machine’s wishes.

          • Mela says:

            She went against the Machine’s wishes in 4×18 to save Harold and in 4×21 when she was looking for Shaw.

        • ninamags says:

          Okay, then, how about narrow-minded and intolerant. There, are those words better for you??

    • Sarah says:

      Well I’m a “casual” POI fan I don’t have any problem whatsoever with the Root and Shaw relationship.Forced are those millions of hetero relationships other shows shoving down our throats. Most of them don’t make sense, whereas the Root and Shaw relationship make total sense and is organically developed. Why would you have a problem with that?

      • elena says:

        Well it makes no sense to me since the Shaw character was written as a character with a mental disorder (=not capable of feelings/emotions. There is no cure for that). All of a sudden this fact seemed to be forgotten? Odd. That’s why i have a problem with that.

        HMM I also wonder if the showrunners think that the LGBT community is going to (maybe) save the show? Therefore the sudden Shoot focus. IMO this isn’t going to work out for them…

        • Sue says:

          “It’s not like you don’t have feelings. The volume is just turned down.” Are you honestly saying that she’s an emotionless robot who doesn’t care for anyone? Are we watching the same show? And the show certainly hasn’t forgotten about her PD. Denise spoke about it in the interview above. “Shaw has always been the one that doesn’t experience emotions the same way that every other person does,” notes executive producer Denise Thé. “Her emotions have always been dimmed. So to awaken those in her, you have to have pretty strong chemistry”

        • Troy says:

          Hmm, seems like you really don’t pay attention to the show. Shaw was never written of someone incapable of feelings or emotions. She does feel them, it is just muted most of them. The has been a few episodes where that was specifically stated, including by a child. That and well, you have a direct quote above from the executive producer of the show. As for the LGBT community, really? So because they are going forward with Root and Shaw (something anyone could have seen miles away) you think they are somehow pandering to them and thinking it could possibly save the show? REALLY?

        • Erik says:

          Way to completely miss the characterization of Shaw… what show have you been watching? How is Shaw incapable of caring? Maybe you need to rewatch the show without prejudices against Shaw, Root and the LGBT community.

          • Renee says:

            Don’t you remember? It was explicitly spelled out in one episode that Shaw had a mental disorder that kept her from forming deep emotional connections with people. I forget the title of the episode, but I think it was the one that showed her being completely devoid of emotion as a child when her father was killed.

          • Troy says:

            Renee, that is the EXACT same episode where we learn at the end that she DOES have feelings, she DOES have emotions, but they are turned all the way down and all she has to do is listen to them. And up until that point, everything we have heard about her “mental disorder” was said by Control and the Government folks who were using her and manipulating her. She never got a proper diagnosis either.

        • Morgan says:

          If Shaw were truly incapable of feelings or emotions, she wouldn’t have raced to get to Root during the blackout. When the little girl told Shaw that the volume on her emotions was just turned down real low, that was the first time, someone really understood her.

        • Dong says:

          Shaw is a sociopath. Sociopaths arent devoid of emotion. Its entirely possible for Shaw to experience love. Shes just more likely to have her own definition of what it is.

    • lol what even says:

      Greys anatomy, HTGAWM, and Orphan Black, are not exactly every TV show nowadays…..

    • dioxinblues says:

      Oh, it’s you again. Hello. Lovely to see you. Alas, for you, it’s going there. Personally, I’m delighted.

    • Charles says:

      You have a right not to like the Shaw/Root relationship, but you’re mistaken if you think it’s forced. From their first meeting (s2 episode 16) there has ALWAYS been that flirty chemistry between them. And it just built from there.

      • johnhelvete says:

        At a minimum, Root has clearly flirted with Shaw. Shaw might have had more of a “whatever this Root chick is crazy” reaction at first, but there is no denying at a certain point Shaw did start to flirt back.

      • brooke says:

        I remember their first scene together and thought the same thing…these two ladies are gonna connect

    • Shelly says:

      I hope they don’t go overboard. The thing I love most about POI is that relationship storytelling are kept to a minimum. And yes, it does feel rather forced to me.

      • Mac says:

        Exactly. POI doesn’t need a relationship to define the show when it’s been all about telling its story. I want to learn more about the Machine and how Team Machine will get out of this crisis and not about interpersonal relationships.

    • Katy says:

      Every tv show? I must be watching the wrong shows.

      • Em. says:

        Katy, truuuuuuuu.
        I need to watch all the plethora of shows these homophobes are tuning into! I mean, “discerning viewers” not homophobes. There’s no chance they could be homophobes is there? I mean, in this day and age? Surely not. That would be absolutely prehistoric. :D

        Anyway, Root x Shaw is real. They need to get a grip. Quit complaining and learn to grow as people and explore the fact that the world is much bigger than their own small mindedness.

        Love the writers. Love POI for being brave by taking what shouldn’t be an unpopular stance but knuckling down and doing it anyway. Representation matters. For every person out there who needs to see themselves reflected in the media of today, you are not alone. <3

        Thanks, POI. Thanks to the fans who support it. In a small way, your love and acceptance makes the world a better place.

    • Sam says:

      Yeah, this is how I felt when they shoehorned in John’s romance with his (much younger) psychiatrist. I know every TV show nowadays has to have their heterosexual couple, but what a waste of MY precious viewing time.

      • elena says:

        Yeah this was a complete waste of screen and viewing time (even worse than Shaw/Root), because it simply made no sense at all.

    • Metoo says:

      I also miss the show the way it was. Just getting tired of this storyline. UGH. Let’s just get back to Harold and Reese and the numbers.

      • dioxinblues says:

        There are 13 episodes left. They’re not going back to the Season 1 paradigm, the producers found it simplistic and repetitious and wanted something more challenging, which I thoroughly believe they’ve accomplished with the war between two AIs. Jim and Michael also like it better this way, they’re very excited for Season 5.

      • Troy says:

        That’s never going to happen. On the other hand, you can always watch the first 2 seasons on Netflix.

      • Mac says:

        Sure, let’s go back to the way things were. We’ll have Samaritan die in the very first episode then the rest of the season can be about how Reese and Finch saved numbers, nevermind Root and Shaw or Fusco. The Machine can go back to being this almighty powerful force that no one questioned, corrected or wondered about.

        In other words, you are Harold to the season 1’s Machine. That makes for boring TV.

    • tvjunkie says:

      Have you seen the ratings? I don’t think their are any (or at least not many) “casual” fans left. The is pretty much down to it’s core fans. That’s why it didn’t get a full season.

      • Manu says:

        Thanks for the ignorance reminder. The show didn’t get a full season because it belongs to the WB and with syndication, CBS would only profit from advertisement. Ratings were fine, in fact, better than Limitless, which did get a full season. Do your homework better next time.

        • Irrelevant says:

          Season 4 finale demo number was 1.1. And the numbers were in a long slide for the whole season. Maybe you should do a little homework.

          • Troy says:

            You mean the SERIES LOW episode that happened to be the series finale on a night where all CBS shows were affected? Are you aware that their biggest show, NCIS, also hit series low that night? As for your other assessment, wrong again. Season 4 had its up and downs, much like every other CBS show. And that poster is actually right that at this time last season POI was doing better than Limitless is in both demo and numbers and yes, CBS not owning the show is the real reason why it might be saying goodbye, otherwise, they would have gotten rid of CSI: Cyber and both Limitless and Code Black would be long gone by now.

  9. Yay! says:

    I’m SO excited!

  10. Burkey says:

    You are the gift that keeps on giving, Matt. Thank you for all your POI scoop from the past few days! I’m so excited for season 5 I can barely stand it.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      You are most welcome! And despite what Elena thinks above, I have only scraped the tip of the iceberg from those party quotes/preview.

      • Want says:


      • Troy says:

        YAS. Give us ALL the scoop! I’m thirsty for more POI and Root/Shaw stuff. Long overdue!

      • dioxinblues says:

        Sweet!!! Thanks, Matt! POI needs the PR.

      • Morgan says:

        I hope since you are giving scoops, that means they will be releasing the premiere date soon. Fingers crossed.

      • Riz says:

        It would nice to know if fans of Reese and the Reese/Finch partnership have anything to look forward to. You seem to always focus on Shaw and/or Root. Reese and Finch are why I and many others watch the show. Their relationship is the core of the show. Look how much better the ratings were when their stories were the focus.

        • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

          Hi. This was pegged to the recent GLAAD report, so it was timely. There is gobs more preview to come… once we have something remotely resembling a premiere date.

        • Troy says:

          Ratings were the much better in the first season because the show was on a different timeslot with Two and a Half Men as a lead in.

          • Mela says:

            Yep. It all went downhill after they changed the timeslot. But CBS decision to shorten the season and possibly cancel the show after season 5 has less to do with the ratings (which aren’t even that bad) but rather because they only care about the shows they own. POI isn’t making them any money.

          • Eric says:

            The 10 PM timeslot across all networks has become a deadspot, save for a couple shows. It seemed that a good majority of the shows cancelled last year by the networks were place in that timeslot and never had good ratings. The must-have spots in scheduling are now in the 8 and 9 PM timeslots, as almost all the shows in the top 10 are in one of these hours.

      • Mac says:

        Thank you for all of the tidbits and recaps the past year. It’s nice to see POI get some love at TVLine.

  11. Otis says:

    To me, to have Shaw suddenly become lesbian (unless you feel she was bi-sexual) is a complete change in character. Before the moment where she kissed root, she never reciprocated root’s advances nor gave any indication she felt the same way. On at least 2 occasions prior to last season, Shaw was heavily attracted to men. Doing it this way seems forced and counterproductive.

    • Blip Blop says:

      *Root. That’s how you’re write her name. Root.

    • Mela says:

      Who said Shaw suddenly became a lesbian? The writers and Sarah Shahi always said that she’s bisexual. Shaw called Root “hot” on two different occasions (one as early as 3×10) and had obviously a little crush on Carter and the number in 3×14. Just because your heteronormative goggles prevent you from seeing it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

      • Otis says:

        One, I don’t read everything writers or actors say about the characters. I am only commenting on what I saw. Second, one person (let alone a character on a TV show) calling someone else hot does not, in and of itself denote sexual attraction. I have not watched 3×14 in a while but I have seen every episode. I do not recall the instance you are referring to so I can only say that I never got the indication she was attracted to Carter. The only one who gave that impression was Reese. If you have a link to a place where the writers and Shahi said Shaw was bi-sexual before season 4 I would be glad to read it.

        • Morgan says:

          You don’t have to read everything the writers or actors say about the characters. If you watched the character you would realize that she wasn’t suddenly Bi. She had chemistry with Root from the beginning. And to say that she was “heavily” attracted to men is a bit of a stretch, since she only showed interest in 2. And with one of those men, it was obvious that Root was jealous and Shaw was enjoying it. So Shaw’s Bisexuality was never a surprise. Actually, I was surprised she was interested in men initially.

          • Otis says:

            They actually showed her flirting with Fusco (on a couple of occasions and I am in NO way implying I thought they would get together) more than it looked like she was flirting with Root. Now, with all of that said, I am not shocked they are apparently making Shaw and Root a couple. Not because of anything Shaw ever did or said but, because it made NO sense to have Root so overtly flirting with Shaw if nothing was going to come of it. Your examples “proving” she was bisexual require inference such as that she enjoyed Root’s jealousy. There were at least a couple of times where she made sexual references toward Reese but I never got the impression she was interested. Her interest in men require no such inference because it was far more direct.

          • dioxinblues says:

            Otis: I’m….curious about your reference to Shaw “flirting” with Fusco. Do tell for I’ve never seen anything remotely close to that other than her giving him grief and him being male. But, Shaw did get drop everything at the end of Season 3 to go by bicycle no less to Root’s rescue at the Decima server farm and she has made numerous comments, sly because that’s her way, implying she finds Root “hot”. But, honestly, and I’m being sincere here, I think it’s a matter of straight people seeing relationships through straight perceptions, which is natural, and non-straight people being more open to the opportunity of characters being something other than hetero, which in this case comports with what the producers have been carefully and subtly – perhaps too subtly for some – all along. From my perspective, as one who’s been watching for a while, the Root/Shaw dynamic has been carefully unfolding for about 2 years and it’s nice to see it finally coming to fruition.

        • Erik says:

          Shaw flirting with Fusco or making references to Reese? Wth? We really don’t watch the same show. I think a lot of that is because not many people understand Shaw’s character as it is way more complex than people make it out to be.

          • Mela says:

            Right? lol. She never flirted with any of the guys in the team. I can’t believe there are people who are headcanoning some kind of attraction to Reese or Fusco but totally miss her connection with Root.

          • Troy says:

            LOL at Shaw flirting with Fusco and Reese. What, are you going to say that you thought Root and Finch were going to get together next? I mean, Root still being alive after so many advances on Shaw is the #1 proof Shaw actually enjoys it. She has never once said no or told Root to stop. Ever. She likes the attention. She threatened Reese once for a lot less (he said she looked good in a dress). Any other character would have been long dead by now. Thanks for the laugh though.

          • Morgan says:

            Honestly, when I read the part about flirting with Fusco, I thought this person is smoking crack. Then I burst out laughing because it had to be a joke.

    • Ildi says:

      Shaw shows she cares by letting Root flirt with her, touch her for no reason, manhandle her. She doesn’t express verbally but she does with her actions that she cares. If you can’t see it, it’s your problem. Oh, and she is bisexual. (

    • Troy says:

      The word you’re looking for is bisexual. The writers have ALWAYS referred to her as “fluid”. She’s a sexual being and her relationship with Root has had a solid foundation on sexuality from the moment they met. The fact that they happened to fall in love does not make her a lesbian and that was hardly “sudden” – it took them over 2 seasons to develop it

  12. MooseA says:

    I am so excited for season 5, surely to be the best one yet! Can’t wait to see Shaw’s side of the story and the emotional punch in the gut we’ll get from the eventual Root/Shaw reunion. I hope we get a premiere date soon.

  13. Alma says:

    Season five needs to get here fast. You hear that cbs!? I’m excited to see Team Machine + Bear back on my screen again. And I can’t wait to to also see the development between Shoot.

  14. AgentP says:

    Excuse me I may sound rude but does they have a Root-centric episode coming up as well? It’s really important we don’t know almost nothing about her and she’s the best character they ever had.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      You may email with any scoop-seeking Qs.

      • AAH says:

        Seriously, Root-centric épisodes are the best. I hope season 5 has one. Amy Acker knocks it out of the park every single time.

    • Want says:

      I could do with Root-centric episode. That’d be cool.

    • GeoDiva says:

      We did get her backstory a few seasons back. Her life in Texas and how she became a hacker.

      • Kitty Winter says:

        That “backstory” isn’t enough any more. We still don’t know how she completely became a monster and lots of other important things. She’s a part of the show a very underused one and I personally would like to see more about her.

      • Good morning Joan now pick up the phone says:

        It was barely a backstory we just saw how she got her nickname and about her first tragic love.
        Well, I guess it’s okay only for finch and reese to have a hundred thousand billions flashbacks about their past. Mmmkay then

  15. Becks says:

    Love it! Season 5 has to hurry up! :)

  16. JC says:

    Thank you so much for this Shoot preview. I cannot wait for next season. Such a great article. Thanks Matt!

  17. Jeffery king says:

    Just one fantastic shiw period. To bad CBS can’t see that.

  18. Haley says:

    I am so excited! I love this show. The writers have done a wonderful job with the Root/Shaw relationship. I wish all lgbt relationships on TV could be done so organically. I can’t say enough about how good these writers are – very talented. The storyline is A+.

  19. can’t wait for the show and Shaw to return!

  20. lame says:

    Love the show, the only one not afraid to change its paradigm more than once and do it so successfully. Taking a pyscho cold blooded killer and makering her a beloved heroine .Virtually every member of the gang is sooo damaged and yet so loyal it demonstrates care and imagination of the writers .

  21. Northen Lights says:

    Awesome! I love POI and Root and Shaw are the most kickass characters on television. Can’t wait to see what happens with their relationship in season five.

  22. Luis says:

    So what shall we dub them, “Shoot” or “Raw”?

  23. excited says:

    I am honestly having trouble containing my excitement!!!!!!!!!! YAY!!!!

  24. Eileen says:

    So Sarah is back?

  25. Jus says:

    I love this couple so much. They are my favorite relationship on the show.

  26. Erik says:

    @Renee I can’t reply to your reply so I’ll write this here:

    Believe me, I haven’t missed a single episode of POI and I know everything this show has told us about Shaw since she’s my favorite character. So when I say that Shaw is absolutely capable of caring, I’m only basing myself on what has been shown to me on screen the past few years. If Shaw wasn’t able to have feeling/feel anything, she wouldn’t have stuck around the team. She wouldn’t have been angry when Carter died. She wouldn’t have biked across a city to go save Root. She wouldn’t have gone to save Fusco’s son. She wouldn’t have thrown a tantrum when Root wouldn’t tell her where John was (when he was with Elias in season 4). I can go on and on with the examples of Shaw caring.

  27. Lerbert says:

    Late to the discussion, but I hope the amount of comments on the recent POI scoop are an indication that the fan base, for this show is still strong. Seems that when a show is circling the drain the comment board here tends to reflect the disinterest. This is one of the few network shows where I feel totally confident with whatever direction the writers and show-runners are going towards.

  28. Anne says:

    Errr….I”m a bit baffled by people in the comments who seem to be surprised that Root and Shaw are even a thing of discussion. Are some of the fans of this show completely, dumbfoundedly blind? This has been pretty clear from the start – and it’s been damn well written. I’d pit these two against any of your other massively popular heterosexual tv couples, confident that they would win. And I say this as a perfectly straight viewer. I would look at Root and Shaw as a romantic tv pairing the same way I would look at any huge and popular tv couples (heterosexual or any other for that matter). These two have been written brilliantly – so much so that even if you, as a viewer, didn’t quite see it coming, it makes absolute sense that it did. And it happened so organically.

  29. AAH says:

    The writers on this show could teach a thing or two to other shows on television when it comes to writing compelling characters, and following through on organic chemistry between actors. Mad props to them! I cannot wait for season 5, for everything involving the Machine, for Finch and Root’s debates, and, yes, for Root and Shaw’s story to get a chance to continue it’s compelling journey.

    Say what you will about the fact that it’s two women – the point remains that this duo is better written than 99% of couples that are actually shoved down our throats on television. I cringe thinking of some tv couples whose chemistry was so lacking that I couldn’t have cared less if they were endgame or not. I gotta give props to the writers of this show, who admitted they had a different vision when introducing these two characters, but saw the chemistry between Amy Acker and Sarah Shahi and chose to go with what was there as opposed to force something that wasn’t.

    Viewers who cannot appreciate a well-written romance between compelling characters (hell, well-written is not a strong enough adjective to describe it) just because it’s not a man and a woman need to crawl back to 1950.

    Root and Shaw are a perfect example of what tv writers should always do – let the characters come to life in their own way and don’t fight it just because you had planned something different on day one. (Hello! Looking at you How I Met Your Mother!)

    P.S. Not all straight fans are douchebags. I’m one of them. My boyfriend and I adore Root and Shaw and are totally rooting for them.

    • JL says:

      I completely agree with everything you said. Couldn’t have put it better myself!

    • Alma says:

      Well said.

    • Kaitlyn says:

      @ AAH A+ you put it perfectly. And as a gay person, it’s really humbling to see so many heterosexual people defend the representation of a same sex relationship and be as shocked and (somewhat) offended by some of the ignorant comments made. And yes, very aware not all straight fans are douchebags as the two people who have championed this relationship the most are straight: Amy Acker and Sarah Shahi <3.

      • AAH says:

        I just had to say something. Sometimes I feel the need to make sure everyone knows that the ignorant comments have nothing with these people being straight. It has everything to do with them being, simply put, ignorant. The rest of us are extremely supportive. And as a HUGE TV fan and a writer myself, I can appreciate greatly written stories no matter who it involves. :)

  30. Lindsey says:

    asdlfkjdskl; I’M SO EXCITED!

  31. Greg says:

    Late to the party, but f*** yeah! I love that this show never cared to even call it a LGBT relationship. To them, this relationship was like any other. And why not? It should be like that in this day and age. Also, they never cared to make a difference between what is cool for Reese to do and what is cool for Root to do. Men and women are treated equally on this show and are equally badass. Pretty rare.

  32. Juno says:

    Wow at some of the commenters here who did not see the Root/Shaw relationship coming. Really? Their first encounter alone screamed palpable tension and chemistry. The homophobes, the Shoot haters and those in denial should just really stay away from this article or the show. Clearly this is not for you.

    That said, POI is a rarity in network TV. It’s so good that other TV shows are ripping it off.

    • Mac says:

      This show does not belong solely to those that like Shoot. Get your head out of the clouds.

      I love this show because of the Machine and didn’t come here for Shoot, Careese or Ireese. Man, some Shoot fans are insufferable. Ships are the worst thing that has happened to this show. Shoot/Careese/Ireese…burn all of them to the ground! The less time spent on them the better.

      • dioxinblues says:

        You forgot to add, “And get off my lawn!” while shaking your fist.

      • M.JoJo says:

        To be honest I’m in it only for Root b/c POI is not my cup of tea and she’s the only character that brings me some kind of joy. She’s so alive. I don’t give a flying fadoodle about Shaw, Finch, Reese or the rest of the characters. But the thing is every human interaction is much needed for Root it helps her to grow as a person maybe.

        And I do understand that Root/Shaw relationship is very important for a lot of fans and I support them with all my mind.

  33. MTB says:

    If you ask me, Root has killed this show. It no longer is Finch and Reese. They got away from when it was good.

    • Manu says:

      Thankfully, no one asked you.

      • Juno says:

        Burn..hahaha…good one Manu. :) Some people still believe this is the Reese and Finch show. This is Team Machine now and their group dynamic is really good so I don’t see why some fans can’t get that.

    • Kitty Winter says:

      When will Root!haters get over themselves already?
      The show never was “Finch and Reese”. They had 4 people in the cast in earlier seasons, now they are 5. Finch, Reese, Root, Shaw and Fusco. Five people and Root is by far the most interesting one. Amy Acker is the best thing about this show so is Root. Always was always will be.

  34. DanielleZ says:

    Root and Shaw!!!

  35. heck yeah says:

    Heck yeah Root and Shaw! One of the best couples on TV right now. They’ve oozed chemistry since their very first scene and the relationship makes so much sense and pushes both characters in interesting directions. I just love them both together and apart. Bringing them on full-time contributed to the SIGNIFICANT quality jump between S2 and S3. Can’t wait to see what the writers have planned for them this season…hurry up, CBS. Stop airing recycled crud like Code Black instead of PoI.

  36. queerpuff says:

    There is nothing I’m looking forward to more than the Root and Shaw reunion. They are the highlight of the show for me. Root and Harold rebuilding the Machine would be #2. Basically, more Root. Preferably in every scene.

  37. Dennys says:

    I’ve followed POI from the very beginning. Stayed when the show runners told us that killing off Carter was a portrayal of real life. We moved on to Samaritan ( an oxymoron ) a story so convoluted I’m still not sure who was after whom. Now we’re going to officially raise the Rainbow flag. Well no “all in “here. I can no longer see anything in the pot worth hang’n around for. Time to gather my chips and move on to something else. Good luck POI.

    • Troy says:

      “We moved on to Samaritan ( an oxymoron ) a story so convoluted I’m still not sure who was after whom. Now we’re going to officially raise the Rainbow flag.”
      Oh my God. I wish people would realize that it takes more than one brain cell to follow a serialized television show. Honestly, good luck to YOU. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out.

    • Good morning Joan now pick up the phone says:


  38. BillyBobJohnson says:

    It’s a great show. It’s just too bad that CBS doesn’t support it that much. Sure, they made it to season 5, but it is a shortened season, premiering whenever, and will be the last.

  39. Lynn says:

    I love this show can’t wait for it to come back on, Shaw is just a great character, however I always thought it was Root who had a thing for Shaw and the good-bye kiss by Shaw was a ‘I’ll give you this kiss just once in case I never see you again’ but nothing more than that but now I’m looking forward to their storyline

  40. Mary says:

    This show has gone off the rails after they went the LGBT route. Way too much fan-pandering. Not every show needs to put a LGBT storyline in, regardless of whether it makes sense in the storyline’s narrative or not.

    • M.JoJo says:

      Hetero love is everywhere and sometimes the relationship is forced to please the majority. Not every show needs to have a love storyline but if they decided to do so lgbtq representation is much more important.

    • Dennys says:

      Finally someone with a honest, objective, viewpoint. Unfortunately if they don’t pander to the LGBT fan base they’ll end up like Disney with GLAAD all over their posterior.

      • AAH says:

        I’m pretty sure Greg Plegeman, Jonathan Nolan and JJ Abrams don’t give a crap about pandering to anyone. I think what they care about is putting quality storylines and compelling, multi-layered characters on the screen. And that’s what they are doing. It just so happens to be 2 women. And I honestly don’t think the creators see any difference between writing this emotional story than, say, writing Carter and Reese. To them, a compelling duo is a compelling duo. Nothing to do with fear of GLAAD or pandering to a fanbase IMO.

    • Good morning Joan now pick up the phone says:

      I’m an aromantic asexual all relationships are icky and gross to me therefore all love storylines should be removed permanently.

    • Manu says:

      If by off the rails you mean it got better, became a critically acclaimed cult show and actually got an active following on social media, you’d be right.

      It’s so easy to disguise racism and homophobia nowadays, I laugh at every attempt.

  41. Greg says:

    I’m going to say it, and I know season 1 worshippers and Jim Caviezel evangelists are going to slam me for it, even though what I’m saying is in no way trying to put down their fave. But, thank God the writers brought in Amy Acker at the end of season 1. The show got infinitely better after she started recurring.

    • Mela says:

      Agreed. Best decision they ever made.

    • mx.wobot says:

      Caviezus witnesses are the most insufferable folks ever. I’m scared of them and how single minded they are. If I were Jim I’d be ashamed of fans like that. Same goes to some Shahi and Emerson fans. The show is good-ish but the fandom is scary.

      • DanielleZ says:

        “Caviezus witnesses,” haha. And I like Jim Caviezel. He’s one of the main reasons I watched POI from the very first episode Season 1. He was fantastic and unforgettable in the movie ‘The Thin Red Line’ back in the day.

  42. Annette says:

    i remember way back when Root was introduced, the majority of commenters so opposed to Root’s character. It was quite overwhelming. I’m so glad to see that once fans got to spend more time with Root, they got to appreciate her. She’s not the sweetest or the kindest person out there, but she’s a hell of a hero. I also remember fans not likely Shaw initially either. So much of that, I think, was because we began seeing Shaw so much more after Taraji’s character died, that fan’s were putting their disappointment about that onto the Shaw character. Now, in some ways, Shaw and Root have become my two favorite characters. Can’t wait to see them together, though we shall see how much the enemy has gotten out of her. I mean, they had to be keeping her alive for some nefarious reason. Doesn’t matter. I’m sure she’ll be forgiven and come back and kick ass. Can’t wait. Hope to hell this isn’t the last season. I would really like to see where this story would go after Samaritan is taken down. I’d like it to be kinda like the X-Files …… some single-story episodes and some longer-story arc to come back to every once in a while. Damn, I’m gonna miss this show if those network money men cancel it. :-( Let’s get all our friends to watch or at least DVR it!

  43. Sarah says:

    Liked the show before all of this. I wouldn’t have minded watching AI storyline so much but when you have people that try and say how the 2 characters that started this whole thing were old and boring, that’s funny because the show is on S5 now but it’s been in trouble since S4 when everything really shifted. Hey, who am I to say anything since there are people that will outright say you are too stupid to understand. Yeah, with the predictability that is some of these characters and situations, I have a hard time believing that this show is doing anything innovative anymore. I like the premise better when it wasn’t some absurd Sci-Fi movie plot dragged out for 23 episodes. I preferred the more character driven episodes because at least you grew close with the character. I mean how is it that Root has become such an important character and yet the last time we got a flashback about her was in S2, E2 Bad Code? Yet Shaw needs to have another episode about her being captured. Get Shaw the flip out of here. We don’t need her when there is still Reese.

    • gsr says:

      I agree with you on this problem with Root because I too think that it’s totally unfair to her the way they’ve been developing her character. One episode she’s here and the next episode she disappears only The Machine knows where. The only people she was allowed to have scenes with were mostly Harold and Shaw. Not to mention her limited on-screen presence. I can’t believe there wasn’t a way to let her stay with the gang and do more things. She’s a genius she can do a lot. Like, a lot. Oh and these episodes with Claire should’ve been Root-centric, not Finch’s. Claire is mini-Root after all it was for Root to try put some sense into girl’s head not just appear out of blue as usual and shoot Claire to help Harry escape. When Shaw went MIA they could’ve focus on Root and her struggle for more than just this one episode but they preferred to introduce a gazillion other characters. A lot of things could’ve been different and better but who we are to decide?

      I just want to say this don’t strike a man when he’s down. They’re already paying the price by being cancelled. I feel bad for the show tho.

      • gsr says:

        They said that no one is going to replace Sarah blah blah. It’s like saying, yeah Amy Sarah is our number one, you’re just number two, know your place. Wait for season 5 and maybe, just maybe we will see what we can change for Root. Don’t go anywhere.

    • Shia says:

      “…you have people that try and say how the 2 characters that started this whole thing were old and boring, that’s funny because the show is on S5 now but it’s been in trouble since S4 when everything really shifted.”
      And you wonder why people say you are “too stupid to understand”. I won’t even address the other half of your post because it’s laughable.

  44. brooke says:

    My guess is Samaritan breaks down Shaw so much in the time they have her that she will no longer be void of feelings. I bet she will experience more emotions now which would be a huge change for her character whose emotions have always been turned down low.

  45. Mike G says:

    I enjoy the show and have since season one. Love the additions of Shaw and Root!
    Good characters and enjoyable to watch them.
    Maybe the storyline shouldn’t make the computer so human like? I realise it’s a fine line between computer and AI (artificial intelligence) but more emphasis on the human characters would be my choice.
    That’s my opinion and maybe I’m wrong and other than that small opinion I love the show and want info and details! Coming back soon?
    Last season?
    Any details would be great!

  46. Jiro Bering says:

    Can’t wait to watch this show again. Love to see what will happen to the Machine, the relationship between the characters especially when it comes to Shaw. I still can’t believe we still don’t have a premiere date. Please come back POI. asap.

  47. jeans2014 says:

    I started watching this show because I was interested in Jim Caviezel after seeing him in The Passion of The Christ and reading about his devout Christianity and personal character. Now I am wondering what he thinks about the direction this show is taking and how he reconciles that with his devout Catholicism and the position of the Catholic church and the Bible on the issue of homosexuality. I am disappointed in the show and will not be watching season 5.

    • J.J. says:

      Wow. That is maybe the most homophobic comment on this entire thread of comments.

      FYI of all my times meeting Jim, he has always been proud of working for POI, he’s close friends with Amy and Sarah, and he has nothing against the Root and Shaw storyline. He knows it’s hugely popular.

      Get your catholic bigotry out of this thread.

      • jeans2014 says:

        I’m not catholic. According to Wikipedia, Jim is.

      • jeans2014 says:

        I’m not catholic. According to Wikipedia, Jim is. Like I said, I’m just curious because according to what I had read, he really lives his Catholic faith, and I know what the official position of the Catholic church is on this issue, so apparently he’s just like most of the other “religious” people I know who pick and choose what they like from their so-called faith, and just ignore the rest. As far as bigotry and intolerance are concerned, check yourself, man. If you’re so sure of yourself on the issue, why are you so defensive? Don’t bother to reply. I’m outta here.

      • retsim says:

        Agree with you .That idiot cannot seem to tell the difference between real life and an acting job. Just because you play a part does not make you a different person or make you change your beliefs ..

  48. Staci Shimkus says:

    This show is amazing. You need to keep it going!!

  49. Marcie says:

    Do we know when Person of Interest will be returning in 2016. TV is rather boring without them!

  50. Randy strong says:

    Very much like to the relationships between Root & Shaw- also like the relationship between John and Zoe would like to see their relationship mature . Would like to see a little bit more shake up in the formula -maybe taking the main players out of one or two episodes and having the women run the show and be the hero’s. Like an episode five where is Zoe Morgan was a very strong character who could handle herself. How about how being the women save Michael Emerson and or Jim Caviezel ??? Look forward to more upgrades in the story line .