Person of Interest‘s number is, apparently, up.
“My guess is [Season 5] is the final season,” executive producer J.J. Abrams shared on Saturday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. “The only heartbreak there is how much good story there was to come if it were to have continued.”
Planning ahead of time for the Season 5 finale to also serve as a series finale, Abrams confirmed, was “the goal. But, obviously, things can be adjusted if [there’s] a miraculous [ratings] performance. But I think the idea is that this would be the finale.”
The discussion of shopping the series around to a new possible home, “in theory, will be had at the right time,” Abrams said. “But at the moment that’s not what we’re doing.”
“[Showrunners] Jonah Nolan and Greg Plageman have done such an amazing job on the show,” Abrams continued, “and I know what these episodes are that they’ve done, wrapping it up. We don’t yet have a schedule, but I know these episodes will see the light of day. People will get to see these episodes.”
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Speculation about the ambition drama’s sad fate was first born of its shortened, 13-episode order for Season 5. Its absence from CBS’ original 2015-16 schedule — and then any subsequent midseason announcements — only added fuel to the fire. (Due to the strength of CBS’ schedule and freshman series launches, available real estate has been scarce; POI will likely be scheduled “opportunistically,” as the saying goes.)