Person of Interest’s number has finally come up. Per IGN, CBS announced today that the show’s upcoming fifth season will be its last, confirming a longstanding rumour ever since it was revealed the episode order was cut down from the usual full season of 22 episodes to 13.
Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman, the show’s executive producers, made a statement about the news:
“We’re extremely excited to be able share this final season with the fans. We’re eternally grateful to our amazing cast and crew, as well as our partners at the studio and network. Most of all, we want to thank the show’s fans — the best fans in the world. This subversive little paranoia-inducing cyberpunk-thriller is for you and would not have been possible without your support. As life has come to imitate Person of Interest, it’s been our great privilege to work on show for the past five seasons. We can’t wait for you to experience this thrilling and final chapter.”
This isn’t all the news regarding Person of Interest’s final season. Not only will it premiere Tuesday, May 3 at 10 PM ET/PT in North America, but after that there will be a double dose of episodes every Monday and Tuesday until the series ends. While this can be considered good news for the show’s fans, this also shows a clear desire for CBS to simply burn off the series as quickly as possible. Something similar happened last year to NBC’s final season of Parks and Recreation; they aired two episodes back-to-back every week until its finale. Given the lower ratings Person of Interest’s fourth season, it isn’t entirely surprising NBC would not only give it a shorter season, but finish it in half the time it normally would. There is, however, some solace in knowing that Season 5 was designed as the final season just in case this decision was made, tying up any and all loose ends.
Starting off as almost a case-of-the-week police procedural with an artificial intelligence that could statistically predict planned crimes, Person of Interest has evolved into a great sci-fi show as the POI team have fought shadowy government organizations and rival forces trying to take control of The Machine. Starring Michael Emerson as Finch, Jim Caviezel as Reese and Amy Acker as Root, the fifth season will see them on the run as they attempt to fight back against their enemies.