Taraji P. Henson Is Returning To Person Of Interest, Get The Details

Person of Interest has had a pretty interesting fourth season over at CBS, but now the drama has plans to re-introduce a fan-favorite character. New reports indicate that Taraji P. Henson, who played Detective Joss Carter on the series, has already headed back to the Person of Interest set and will appear in a guest capacity during the April 14 episode.

If you’ve kept up with Person of Interest at all, you may be a little shocked right now. Partway through the show’s third season, which aired last year, Henson’s law enforcement character Joss Carter was killed off of the series during a shocking episode that featured the capture of Alonzo Quinn, although corrupt officer Simmons escaped. He later showed up and shot both Reese and Carter, and the latter died in the former’s arms.

It was a brilliant and shocking move for the TV series, but it did leave Carter definitely dead. So how will she appear on Person of Interest?

According to TV Guide, Carter’s character will appear on the series via the most reasonable way possible, popping up on Person of Interest via flashbacks. The episode, “Terra Incognita,” will feature Reese as he goes on a “perilous” trip in the attempt to solve a cold case that troubled Carter for years before her death. Obviously, it would be hard to solve a cold case of Carter’s without actually thinking of her in any capacity, and the team thankfully got Henson on board to appear in one more episode of the hit drama.

When Taraji P. Henson initially exited Person of Interest, it seemed like an odd call, as the drama has continuously been one of CBS’ highest rated programs since it first hit the schedule in 2011. Thankfully, the actress landed another excellent role right away. This winter, she starred as Cookie Lyon in Fox’s midseason hit Empire. It’s a program that allows the actress to be a little more outrageous and wear more appealing clothing that Carter was able to on Person of Interest. Luckily, that drama has already wrapped up for the season, although we do know Empire will be back for Season 2.

Although we are pretty happy Cookie Lyon is now a TV personality, it will be nice to see Henson reprise her Person of Interest character—especially since it will be in a way that doesn’t include returns from the dead or any other plot that would require suspension of disbelief.

Person of Interest has seen further changes this season. Just a few months ago, Sarah Shahi also exited the series in a major way, although her character is open to return without having to do so through flashbacks. Shahi didn’t leave for a separate project, however. Instead, a pregnancy caused her to be written out of the series. Person of Interest isn’t a drama that shies away from curveballs. You can catch those curveballs for yourself when you tune in for CBS’ Tuesday night lineup. Person of Interest airs at 10 p.m. ET.

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