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Person of Interest: Sarah Shahi teases more Root and Shaw moments in season 5

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Though Person of Interest won’t be back until midseason, fans can already look forward to Sarah Shahi’s return as Shaw and a deeper dive into the M.I.A. character’s relationship with Root (Amy Acker). 

Shahi and Acker, along with castmates Michael Emerson, Jim Caviezel, and Kevin Chapman stopped by the EW and SiriusXM studio at New York Comic Con Sunday to preview the fifth season of the CBS drama and to tease some juicy upcoming moments. “There’s some really nice Root/Shaw stuff coming up,” Shahi said. “I think some things that the fans have been waiting for, I think some exploration that the fans deserve to see at this point, so that was a pretty big thing that we recently filmed.” 

While the actresses wouldn’t reveal whether viewers can look forward to another liplock between Root and Shaw, Acker emphasized their characters’ connection. “For Team Machine, we’ve all been searching for Shaw, so we have this real dynamic between, do we put our energy into finding Shaw, or saving the Machine,” she said. “That’s where this season picks up, and it’s a real struggle for my character.”

Emerson then pointed out that the truncated fifth season could be the show’s last, given its move to midseason. But even if the show’s headed toward a series finale, he tells fans not to worry, because the show will go out with countless twists and turns. 

“I think something that is exciting to look forward to is this may be the last 13 episodes of the show ever,” he explained. “So there’s going to be some climaxes, there’s going to be some wrapping up, [and] I assume casualties, transformations, endings of all sorts.” 

Person of Interest returns 2016 on CBS.

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