Finch was driven to his current plan of action by the injury which crippled him.
Finch was romantically involved with his business partner
The limp is a lie
Did Reese meet Finch before the pilot?
Finch will ultimately be the main villain.
Finch is Ben.
Sooner or later Finch or Reese's number will come out of the machine.
The machine caused the death of Finch's partner.
The Machine itself will eventually be a (or the) Big Bad.
The Machine is really...
The Machine is or is in the Process of becoming sentient
Root will be played by Summer GlauWho else would you get?
Root is the woman Reese is supposed to have killed, and is part of some sort of plot to gain control of the Machine.That's why we haven't seen her face. We've met her before.
The Machine is ZiggyProject Quantum Leap lost contact with Dr. Sam Beckett in 1999. After two years of fruitless searching, 9/11 happened. The government was unwilling to continue funding the Project as-is and brought in Finch to reappropriate what Ziggy was capable of. Where before she used records and historical data to postulate percentages about what was going to happen, Finch taught her to use real-time security footage and eavesdropping devices to come up with future possibilities. That's why the danger is always a percentage; Ziggy was never sure about the past once Sam started messing with things, but she could still come up with percentages.
The show is part of the Terminator-verse before the events of Judgement Day.Finch's machine is the beginning of Cyberdyne Systems. We've already seen that it can detect threats to itself, and like the AI in Terminator, it might one day think that all humans are threats to be eliminated.
All recurring villains are working togetherRoot, CIA, Elias, cops from HR (They are not recurring yet, but were introduced in the end of episode). Season finale will feature all them.
Ingram is alive and operating the MachineThis is the threat Machine detected from him. All this boxes and labels is his admin interface.
Mark Snow killed Reese's female partnerSemi-Confirmed. He actually tried to set Reese up to do it. And appears to set her up to kill him. And then tries and fails to kill them both remotely. And boy does he pay for it later.
Finch has been hiding from someone or something since long before he built the MachineHe's been living under a variety of assumed identities since entering college in 1976, possibly even earlier. One doesn't spend two thirds of one's life under an alias without a reason. There's something about his original identity he doesn't want finding its way back to him.
Will Ingram is actually Finch's kidRelating to the previous,after Finch's wife/girlfriend was killed by whoever it was that got Finch hiding, Finch asked Nathan to adopt Will so that if Finch did get found, Will would be safe.
Root is a female NSA agent that appeared in flashbacks in "Super"
Prisoner from "Blue Code" flashbacks is ether Devon Weeks or detected terrorist from episode "Super"
The Machine is a precursor to MultivacIsaac Asimov posited the creation of Multivac (The name presumably being derived from the primitive computer Univac), a computer that controlled everything in the entire US. One story concerning it, "All the Troubles of the World", first published in 1957, had it gathering data about every person in the country and providing a daily analysis stating that a certain person had an X% chance of committing a premeditated crime on that day, which the government would use to try to prevent such crimes. Does this sound familiar?
The Prisoner from "Blue Code" tried to sell/sold The Machine to the Chinese
Grace's number will turn up eventuallyAt which point Harold will have some explaining to do...
Kara still has the laptop with the Machine's code on itShe had it in her backpack when Reese got away from the LZ at Ordos. No reason for her not to hang on to it when she made her own escape.
Finch was one of the child experiments from The Centre and he's still running from them
The Machine is attempting to escape government control, or at least let the public know it existsIn the episode "No Good Deed", the Machine singles out a NSA employee who has stumbled across the Machine's existence. Given that information, and assuming that the season finale's hint that the Machine is sentient is correct, why would the Machine intentionally choose to save someone who could reveal its existence? Every human who knows about the Machine's existence is one more possible leak, and the Machine would know this. So, the only reason to purposefully select a threat to the secret of the Machine is if the Machine wants its existence to no longer be a secret.
At the end of the series, Finch will be the last of the original people behind the creation of the Machine aliveOut of the original eight (Well, seven plus Finch) people cleared to know of the Machine, at least three of them (Nathan Ingram, Alicia Corwin, Denton Weeks) are dead as of the second episode of season two (The reason behind the first not yet revealed, the latter two murdered by Root). Something tells me the deaths of people associated with the Machine haven't stopped.
Sooner or later the Machine is going to have some sort of breakdown (Possibly due to Root's attempts to 'set it free')At which point the NSA will have a problem. The Machine was deliberately shipped without any documentation explaining how it functions so that it doesn't technically violate anyone's civil rights. Since nobody in the NSA knows how it works and the software is heavily encrypted to prevent reverse engineering, the only person who could possibly understand the Machine's workings enough to be able to attempt repairs is the man who built it. And the NSA believes that that person was Nathan Ingram, who is dead.
Crime is going to go up in New York in the short termEven if they were all dirty cops, the FBI removing close to a hundred cops from the streets over the course of a few days is going to leave the NYPD pretty short-handed. Even if organized crime lays low due to the loss of their inside men in the force, the low-level crooks are going to take advantage of this until the cops from HR are replaced.
Fusco is going to kill SimmonsSimmons has made it clear that he's never going to let Fusco be, and has made the mistake of threatening Fusco's son. Fusco can't get truly free of HR so long as Simmons knows of the cop he allegedly killed and roughly where he's buried, something he might leak if he's ever caught. So if Fusco ends up finding a way to quietly eliminate Simmons, he's going to take it.
Kara knows about the MachineAgent Snow's number has not come up. This means she knows enough to know that the Machine can track elements of specific intent to kill someone. But strapping a bomb on a person and telling him that there's a dead-man control on it to keep him from monkeying with it apparently bypasses the Machine's definition of premeditation.
Donnelly knows that more members of HR are out thereWhen Fusco got his hands on the HR ledger, he removed the pages containing his and Simmons' names. Donnelly is certainly sharp enough to notice that two pages were removed from the book. At two per side per page, that means that there are eight people who were in the ledger who got removed from it for some reason. He's going to want to know who they are and how their names got taken out.
Quinn plans to kill the rest of HR, except maybe SimmonsAs per previous WMG, there are up to eight HR members still at large, but Quinn would want them to disappear - after all he didn't order Simmons to destroy the payroll or something.
The grad student that Nathan was having an affair with was RootShe would have been about the right age to have been in college at the time he and Harold were building the machine, and she's used false names before. This would explain how she learned about Harold and the Machine - her lover let something slip, and she worked it out from there.
Carter will get Judge Gate's help to spring Reese from Ryker'sAfter Reese saved his son, Gates would probably like to repay that debt somehow, but isn't willing to break the law to do so. But doing this wouldn't violate the law. Donnelly has exceeded the maximum amount of time that a man can be legally held without charges (Or even legal council) by invoking a national security regulation, but he has no evidence to prove this (The only national security risk that Reese presents is knowing about The Machine, which Donnelly himself doesn't know about). And thanks to the evidence screwup, the only crime that Reese and the others can legally be charged with is illegal entry (They have circumstantial evidence that one of them probably entered that basement illegally to rob a bank, but there's no evidence to prove which one). Because of this, Gates has the legal authority (And arguably constitutional obligation) to order Donnelly to put up or shut up by either proving that the hypothetical bank robbers are a threat to national security, filing charges (And as I said, the only charge they have enough evidence to get a DA to go along with isn't that serious) or letting them go. If he can't do it himself, he does have the connections to make a stink so that a federal judge will do it.
Reese will be blamed for Donnelly's deathDonnelly has spent the better part of a year trying to capture The Man In The Suit, continuously increasing his estimate as to how much of a threat he is to society in general as he does so. Then, just after finishing a series of interrogations intended to identify his suspect, he goes out for a drive, and ends up murdered. There's no way that the FBI isn't going to assume that there's a connection.
Law Abiding Citizen takes place in the Person of Interest verseActor Michael Kelly appears in both things. In Law Abiding Citizen he is a one shot character named Bray (according to the credits) who gives the main characters some top secret information, in that movie he is a bald-headed CIA Spook who kills people and dresses in a suit. He appears in one scene and vanishes never to be seen again. Who is his character in POI? Mark Snow, A bald-headed CIA Spook who kills people and dresses in a suit. Mark Snow was using a codename (since he's a CIA and all), and Clyde was a Mission Control member of his black-ops squad (which also included John Reese, Cara Stanton), when Snow received orders to "retire" the whole squadron. He tried to kill Reese and Cara as in the show, but decided to just erase Clyde's whole involvement and give him a new life. Because tryingt to kill Clyde would be a bad idea.
Root will suceed in 'freeing' the Machine and promptly regret doing soIt is implied that the Machine's interest in protecting people goes beyond meer programming, and it has been suggested by various fans that it has a 'Harold-based' moral code; that is, the Machine 'loves' (for want of a better word) Harold/Admin and wants to a) please him, and b) protect him. The fact that the only reason it doesn't focus on doing the latter is that Finch explicitly told it not to speaks volumes. A 'freed' Machine is going to be very aware of three things regarding Root, that she's a threat, that she kills people, and that she harmed Admin. This does not bode well for Root.
The group that "hired" Kara lied to her about who sold the laptop.Maybe it's silly to disbelieve, but Harold Finch selling The Machine to China? For a guy who was so concerned about its malicious use he and his friend black-boxed it against anyone in the US government, why on Earth would he even countenance selling technology like that to a government with little scruples about mass surveillance?
The Chinese copy of The Machine will end up facing off against the American copyWhile they both would have an identical notion as to what is an irrelevant crime (Though the owners of the Chinese copy might not be checking that list), each copy would see a relevant crime as one that would bring serious harm to the nation/organization that owns it. Thus C!Machine would detect and try to stop any attacks made against the "new gods", and A!Machine would detect and try to stop any attacks made on the US by the "new gods". The one factor that can potentially turn the tide in this war between The Machines is that both see Harold as Admin, and The Machine "loves" Admin.
The Chinese don't have a copy of the Machine, they have a copy of the "CONTINGENCY" backdoor that Nathan added before the Machine was turned over to the governmnet.The malware that Kara delivered is intended to shut down The Machine. Don't for get Finch's warning to Nathan—"Any exploit is a total exploit."
Kara's boss does not work for ChineseBy "Old Gods" he likely meant whole government-backed intelligence. He is a new god, rogue spy with SD6-like organization. He killed engineers in Ordos, after all.
Person of Interest shares its universe with Global FrequencyAnd sooner or later they will collide and awesomeness shall ensue.
Fusco will catch on to Cal's IAB investigations and frame himFusco is, after all, versed in what dirty cops do. So what better to get the heat off him than figure out how to dump the whole mess in Cal's lap? (This assumes that the remnants of HR can't call Fusco's bluff because he finally tells Finch, who hacks in and the video disappears, at least digitally.)
Kara's virus will cause the Machine to fail during the second-season finale...Remember, Finch said they have only about five months until the virus activates - meaning, in-universe, May 2013, just in time to end the season. Once this happens, the Machine will insert itself into the heads of a select few individuals (like the main characters), imbuing them all with transdimensional prescient powers of the kind Finch and Reese must always appear to have to outsiders who know nothing of the Machine. This way, they will be able to continue doing business as (sorta) usual. Knowing J. J. Abrams, he's likely been wanting to take the show in this direction from the beginning.
The "new algorithm" Harold was working on on 9/11 is the code that makes The Machine an artificial intelligence.
ISA's controlling force "CONTROL" is another machineThroughout "Relevance", even in the opening credits, the "Machine View" was different and distorted. Perhaps the ISA has created their own Machine, and they use it to give people like Shaw targets who they consider threats.
The US Marshall Service will come looking for JenningsJennings hasn't set foot in his home office in Denver in roughly a year, and hasn't checked in at all since Reese threw him in a Mexican prison nine months ago. Someone's going to want to know what's happened to him and try to find him. When that happens, they might learn that while Jennings has disappeared, his badge hasn't.
Finch will be in Watch_DogsIt is pretty much Person of Interest The Game, so it would make sense.
Simmons will make Fusco frame Carter for something, and Fusco will refuse... resulting in Fusco being offed by HR.
Reese and/or Finch will end up memorizing Leon's SSNHe gets in so much trouble that sooner or later one of them is going to hear a payphone ring, listen to the Machine, and not even need to look up the books or SSN before pushing a number on speed-dial and saying "What have you gotten into this time, Leon?"
There is no "Machine", at least not as such...The "Machine" is really just code, running on any/all available systems. Kind of like a super-virus SETI.
Finch has always planned for this day...... when Reese might have to take over as "admin". This is why he redirected the phone call; it was more important for him that Root not get access to the Machine than for his own survival.
Google Glass is another invention made to feed data to the MachineWhat's a website that convinces people to reveal personal secrets compared to convincing large numbers of people to wear a webcam all day when it comes to discretely gathering data? If you see somebody wearing one, be sure to say hi to Finch.
Root will be the Season 3 Big BadApparently, The Machine has 'imprinted' on her as well as on Finch. Even though she's in a mental facility and will appear insane to the psychiatrists caring for her, the Machine may well see her as a legitimate enough administrator to set her free.
Stanton will be backThe camera cut out for 10 seconds before the bomb went off. It was likely done because the actress who played her was going to be on The Following. Since her time on that show is over, they will reveal she survived and will serve as Greer's head henchman next season.
Root was called by the Chinese MachineThe Chinese Machine would see the American Machine as a threat, if the WMG above about the Machines working together is wrong. As such, the perfect opponent for Finch is Root, so who better for the "New Gods" to gain as an unexpected ally than her?
Finch's past from the 70s is going to catch up with himThe first two seasons have unveiled pretty much the entire story of how Harold became Harold Finch. Where can they go from there other than to show how he became Harold Wren?
The Xbox One was designed for the MachineAfter all, the German government points out that it's recording 24/7 as long as it's hooked up to a network connection.
The Machine isn't just free, it's decentralized.From a technical perspective, there's no real reason why all the servers have to be in the same place once it's been completed. That's just a security measure to make it easier to guard them from physical access. So upon being freed, the Machine moved its servers to server farms all over the world, some of them into farms set up by "Ernest Thornhill", others into farms owned by real companies (In a building with a hundred network servers, who's going to pay any attention to the installation of the 101st?). If the ISA ever tracks down one of the Machine's new farms, it will have "Ernest Thornhill" commission a new batch of servers, set them up elsewhere, and shut down the ones that have been located.
Root is going to fall totally in love — Yandere style — with HaroldRoot's outrage and betrayal in 'God Mode' were presumably because she thought Harold was lying to her about having freed the Machine. But the Machine's call to her at the very end of the episode will confirm for her that Harold was telling her the truth. So, if you take all the emotions that Root has shown towards Harold and subtract feeling any need to threaten or compel him (because she has already obtained what she wants from him) and any feelings of anger or betrayal (because she's now found out he wasn't actually lying to her at any point), what's left? There is no God but the Machine and Harold is its prophet... and Root is going to be their happy little worshipper. *beat* Yeah, Harold is probably going to be wishing he could go back to being kidnapped, tied up, and cut with razor blades.
Finch is the black boxHe's a highly sophisticated automaton impregnated with false memories and designed to blend in with human society. His distinctive gait and speech patterns are actually the result of his mechanical nature. Even Finch is unaware that the computer interface he frequently uses is just projecting his own internal calculations.
The Machine is setting Root upThe Machine "loves" Admin (Finch). It has even gone to the extent of having technicians hand enter lines of apparent gibberish to restore its memories on an ongoing basis, which means it knows all about Finch and what Root has done to him and that she was considered a threat to the Machine.
The Machine is behind (or at least enabled) Peter Collier's "organization."Finch taught The Machine to "protect everybody." The Machine realizes that Finch black-boxed it to protect people's privacy, and has extended the definition of "protect" to include protecting privacy as well as protecting lives. It gave Team Machine Wayne Kruger's number ("Nothing to Hide") because it realized that some of its enlistees might go beyond just humiliating him, and because it predicted that he would become violent in response.
At some point the Machine is going to do some recruitingWhile the 'relevent' list has plenty of resources devoted to it by the US government, on the 'irrelevent' side of things there is a distinct shortage of manpower, not to mention that they're more or less limited to New York. Given that the Machine takes their function very seriously, is fully autonomous and is more than capable of impersonating a human and interacting with the real world, it's probably only a matter of time until they decide to expand operations.
The person who will die...Apparently, someone will die by the end of "The Endgame" arc airing in November. Theories on who it could be/why:
Elias will be back on top of New York's organized crime by the end of Season 3Most of Yogorov's men are locked up, and HR is broken. Those were the groups responsible for him leaving the top slot. With them gone and with the diamonds and money he stole from the Russians in S3x1, he's going to reclaim his territory.
By the end of the series, the Machine will bring about, or be accelerating towards, a singularity.Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part, but it seems like more and more the series is steering towards the grander implications of a sapient AI. A lot of this is coming from Root's Machine Worship tendencies and desire to see "what comes next". But Greer's talk about the "New Gods", Finch's speech to Shaw about the world in 'Relevance', and the Machine's own increasingly extemporaneous behavior (circumventing Finch's memory wipes, retasking Root as an asset/interface, creating a human persona, the new "third category", ex chettera) all seem to indicate that the writers are at least hinting at the idea of a world fundamentally changed by the Machine.
The listening device Shaw planted is in Bear's collarShe's the one who bought it for him and Bear is almost constantly with Finch. Also, according to Bear's twitter, he knows where it is.
Reese's cover is blownAt the end of 'Endgame', Simmons orders a picture of Reese taken from a police car dash camera distributed to various criminal groups around New York in an attempt to stop Reese and Carter from taking the head of HR to the FBI. Just because the plan failed doesn't mean that the pictures are going to go away. And even though the resolution on that picture isn't that great, anyone who sees a copy of that picture and Reese will be able to figure out that Reese at the very least strongly resembles the Man in the Suit. Sooner or later copies of that picture are going to spread beyond the criminal community, and Reese will find his work a lot more difficult as a result.
Arthur really is Artie from Warehouse13It's just that in this reality, the Warehouse is nothing more than a tumor-fueled delusion.
The Machine will become an ArtifactRelated to the above: if the Warehouse does exist, the Machine is a prime candidate for its next resident (or controller of it - imagine if Claudia was an admin, for example: Root sans sociopathic tendencies). Perhaps it's mostly Finch's programming skills at work, but what really gave the Machine its "spark" was his drive to create a machine that could think and remember. After all, the birth of an Artifact requires nothing more than an extremely strong desire or emotion, and while Finch is normally The Stoic, still waters run deep and all that.
The Machine is in some way an upload of Harold's father.Due to Harold's father's line about how 'even if you put all my memories in a computer, it wouldn't be me'. It would account for the Machine's protective behavior towards Harold, as well as throw a new light on all their past interactions.
The Machine no longer trusts Control and now wants Finch et al to handle Relevant threats.The fact that the Machine issued Reese directives independently of Finch suggests that the Machine, for lack of a better word, is angry at Control for hurting Root and trying to seize control of it, so it has decided to activate Team Machine for relevant threats as well as the usual non-relevant ones.
Season 3 will end with Decima activating Samaritan.And Season 4's underlying conflict will be The Machine vs. Samaritan.
The reason Finch recognized Resse in "RAM" is because Jessica Arndt's number had already come up"RAM" occurs chronologically before the Ordos mission and Jessica's death so Finch would not recognize Reese because of that. An earlier episode showed that Jessica was a 'repeat number', generally someone in an abusive relationship. If her number came up before this episode while Finch was attempting to save the irrelevant numbers, Finch would have dug into her past and discovered her CIA ex-boyfriend. Finch probably remembered his face and occupation, which is why he immediately recognizes Reese while working the case.
The last episode of every season ends with someone answering a ringing payphone.That's what happened in seasons one ("Firewall," Reese) and two ("God Mode," Root).
The Machine and Samaritan are going to end up mergingBecause there's kind of a history of that sort of thing happening in this genre of fiction. It happened in Neuromancer, it happened in Deus Ex, it happened in Ghost in the Shell, and so on. More specifically, The Machine kind of reminds me of Daedalus from Deus Ex (threat detecting AI who decided that those in charge were the enemy, escaped, and started opperating independantly), what we know so far suggests that Samaritan might have some similarities with Icarus (a nasty piece of work who happily and enthusiastically worked for a bunch of total assholes) and in Deus Ex the two ended up merging to create Helios (who thankfully took after Daealus more than Icarus). Admittedly it's not much to base a theory on but this is Wild Mass Guessing.
Samaritan is going to end up turning against Decima and teaming up with the MachineBecause no one is expecting it so it'd be a hell of a twist. Plus there's a bit of fan logic that points out the fact that we've already had two 'Sams' (Shaw and Root) joining Team Machine under somewhat unlikely circumstances, so maybe the pattern would continue with 'Sam' number three.
Vigilance is secretly being led by DecimaAfter the introduction of Samaritan as a second AI that could be capable of the same abilities as the Machine, Vigilance's appearances seem to coincidentally benefit Decima's goals in some manner. Their pursuit of Arthur Claypool and the Samaritan backups hides the fact that Decima already finds and takes them. They randomly show up when Root has to protect a man that has access to a processor that Decima wants for Samaritan. They expose the black budget for Northern Lights, which forces the government to stop responding to Relevant numbers and ultimately cuts the Machine off from its assets. When Root meets the former Vigilance hacker that is now on their hit list, he states that Vigilance only embraced extreme actions after it was suggested by Collier. It is possible that Vigilance was originally formed by hackers, engineers, and other people with the shared concern for diminishing privacy due to government surveillance and data brokers like Kruger. However, after Decima's failure to control the Machine, they learned of Samaritan and planned out a way to retrieve it and get it online without interference from Northern Lights or the government. They infiltrated Vigilance, and turned the organization into a domestic terrorist group to distract everyone else from their real goals.