Root would use some nifty gunplay and driving to neutralize the threat, only to later take a bullet meant for Harold, fired by Samaritan noob Jeff Blackwell. The two ladies manage to get the better of the agents and begin to leave the area with Finch when a Samaritan vehicle with a turret gun pulls up. As the episode begins, Finch is sitting at a café talking to the Machine and asking if there is any scenario where any of his friends make it out alive. But even with her flirtation and affections for Shaw, Root has always been rather devoted to the Machine. I just wonder what it means going forward now that Finch has gotten in touch with his dark side and the Machine has been unleashed.
So just to see what they went on to create, and all of the different things that have happened…. But I think that in your defense, Root was a richly realized character, over four seasons. And I got to shoot a lot of guns! The former bad guy turned ally was able to make his last stand doing something he believed in. Finch is arrested, and Root dies. To me, she was never really afraid of dying.
Though he does agree to let it pick a voice. Since her escape and reconnecting with Team Machine Shaw has been wondering if it is all real or just another simulation. The two very tough ladies engage in a firefight with the Samaritan agents, and Root decides this is the right time to flirt with Shaw and try to make her feel better. The stand-out performances in this episode were delivered by Amy Acker for her final portrayal of Root and Michael Emerson who experiences the loss of two close friends who knew Finch perhaps better than he knew himself. Finch tells her she must have him mistaken for someone else.
Back at the safe house, Root and Shaw have effectively knocked out the Samaritan thugs and Root tells Shaw that for the first time in her life since joining Team Machine she feels like she belongs. And I think, it was extremely exciting. One of the things that Elias really served to do…. Finch has the Machine cut the power to the prison, unleashing the prisoners from their cells. But we ran out of time on the day. Back at the subway headquarters, Root tries once again to talk to Harold about his decision to close the Machine.
I felt really lucky to have had the relationship with Shaw. She once again is willing to sacrifice herself to protect Finch from certain death but this time it costs Root her life. Jonah and I felt very strongly that we needed to make something that our daughters could aspire to. The turret gun car catches up to them and Root tells Finch to give her the 338 gun. Root manages to live on.
And what a bittersweet moment when Finch answered the phone to hear the Machine speak using Root's voice. Root and Finch speed away in a bullet-ridden car. The 100th episode was certainly action-packed from the various gun battles to the car chase with an even bigger gun. The very next scene is the car pulling into a parking garage where Greer John Nolan is waiting. Fusco calls from the hospital where the ambulance took Root and tells Reese that Root is dead.
It seems Finch was once at the café before and Samaritan picked up on it so his cover is blown. The king of the underworld is dead. Having blown his cover identity by unwittingly frequenting the same cafe he visited with Grace 10 years ago, Finch was stashed away by Elias at a meth lab protected by rival gangs. He was an absolute champ. It also gave new strength and determination to Finch who it seems is finally ready to do what is necessary to beat Samaritan. She accuses Harold of never giving the Machine her own voice because he knew deep down he might kill it again. Yes, he was talking to Samaritan.
The team tries to protect Finch, but Elias is killed in the process. Is our team about to rally? There were never any boundaries for this character, and I loved that about her. Finch decides to stop playing by the rules and threatens to come after and kill Samaritan. A waitress brings him his order, commenting on how nice it is to see him again. Root wants Finch to unleash the Machine, but he still has reservations. It is the Machine and it has found its voice…Root.