After two years playing Detective Jocelyn “Joss” Carter on Person of Interest, Taraji P. Henson left the hit CBS show in 2013 when her character was killed off in order to save lead character John Reese (played by Jim Caviezel). When her last episode aired, many fans were sad and turned off by Henson’s departure, saying they wouldn’t tune in after her exit. But good news for Person of Interest fans: Carter is back!
Well, she’s back temporarily.
Since leaving the program, Henson’s career has skyrocketed thanks to her role as Cookie on Fox’s Empire. The show was the first in 23 years to have viewership increase continuously from week-to-week, and season two is already in the works. As the show’s soundtrack hits number one and the stars cover magazines, CBS decided that they wanted Henson back. They recently invited Henson back to Person of Interest, and she’s accepted the opportunity to reappear on the program for one episode.
Because her character was killed, Henson will only appear in flashbacks. Reese will be working on a case that Detective Carter was not able to solve before her death, and the flashbacks will provide a glimpse into her character’s work on that case. According to Shadow and Act, the episode will air on April 12.
Before she completely parted ways with CBS in 2013, Henson told Entertainment Weekly that there was a chance that her character would return. Even if it was a for a brief reappearance, Henson said that she would be down for it.
“Maybe they’ll write me in — I’m totally up for that. When [creator] Jonah [Nolan] first called and asked me to read the script, I just knew there was nothing like this on television. You always know these characters are going to make it, that they’re going to live, and sometimes they tease you with a cliffhanger at the end of the season, but everybody knows deep down that character’s coming back. I just thought [Carter’s story] was brilliant and I was down for it.”
So if you loved Henson on Person of Interest, this will be a treat for you. I will say though, it’s interesting to think that now that Henson is the star of her own show and everyone in Hollywood is lauding her for her work as Cookie, that’s when CBS would come knocking again. Obviously they’re trying to get those Empire viewers to tune in now that the Fox show has finished its first season. So will you tune in on April 12?