after the attacks, the government gave itself the power to read every e-mail, listen to every cell phone. but they needed something that could sort through it all, something that could pick the terrorists out of the general population before they could act. the public wanted to be protected, they just didn’t want to know how they were being protected. so when they finally found a system that worked, they kept it secret. so how do you know about it? i built it.
Now that Decima has Samaritan up and running, the Battle of the Machines is on! Add in Vigilance’s team of anti-surveillance crusaders and you’ve got a powder keg waiting to explode. "What’s the most chaotic thing that could possibly happen in New York City to bring all these parties together? That’s where we’re headed,” executive producer Greg Plageman says. That chaos will be harder to anticipate now that the government has shut down its stake in the Machine. "They’ve turned off their one way of dealing with large-scale terrorist attacks," co-creator Jonathan Nolan says. ”When you turn the lights off, nothing good happens out in the dark.” And even though surprising alliances will be formed in the finale, Finch may lose his anonymity for good. “Is the world about to learn who Harold Finch is and what he’s done? That’s a big part of our season finale,” Nolan says.