For Person of Interest, she was excited to play someone who provides insight into Finch’s very private life. “He clearly sacrificed his own heart in order to protect her, which is very tragic and also extremely romantic,” she says. “We certainly have more empathy for him now.”
Preston doesn’t believe that her character knows about the Machine. But now that Reese knows she exists, he might prod her for more background on his mysterious partner. Or maybe Reese will act as a go-between for Finch. “It would be interesting to revisit this idea that Finch has an app on his phone that keeps him from ever getting within 100 meters of her,” says Preston. “He could get Reese to say things to her, because he can’t come near her himself.”
Next week’s finale will shed even more light on Finch’s background. When the Machine spits out the number of Dr. Turing (Amy Acker), a psychologist with a high-powered client list, Reese and Finch must protect her and the secrets she’s keeping. “This is somebody who helps explain some things about Finch,” Emerson recently told EW. “You’ll see her again next season.” Emerson also promises that there will be a big, cliffhanger ending. “All the powers have aligned against Reese and Finch. Surprising, terrible things happen.”
Preston won’t appear in the finale, though it’s likely that she’ll return next season. Says creator/executive producer Jonathan Nolan, “We would be thrilled to have Carrie back.” In the meantime, she’s gearing up for the next season of True Blood. What can she tell us about the new episodes? “We have not seen the last of Scott Foley’s character, Patrick,” she says. “We’re very much going to face some things from Terry’s past, and he’s a big part of that.
We would love to see her return next season! What about you?