*CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler says she was just as blindsided as fans of “Person of Interest” were when first told a year ago that Taraji P. Henson’s character would be killed off in the third season.
“I almost killed myself,” said Tassler at the TCA Press Tour on Wednesday. “Years ago, you would never ever kill a major character. The rule was, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
“But [creator] Jonah [Nolan], to his credit, came in and said, ‘Look, I love my cast. Taraji is an extraordinary actress, but the role that she plays in terms of the relationship between Reese and Finch has changed.'”
After the mid-season shocker aired during November sweeps, Henson told EW of her character’s relationship with John Reese and Harold Finch, “They really started to click. They were her boys, they were her angels, they protected her. But remember, in the end, she takes the bullet protecting Reese.”
Below, Tassler says Nolan cited this harmonious dynamic between the three characters as the reason why he had to shake things up with Carter’s death, and introduce a “catwoman” into the equation through government assassin Samantha Shaw, played by Sarah Shahi.