Taraji P. Henson’s ‘Person of Interest’ Shocker
Warning: if you haven’t seen Tuesday’s episode of Person of Interest, stop reading right now. Seriously. I’ll give you a few seconds to go away.
Still here? Okay, so Taraji P. Henson’s character Joss Carter was killed off the show after two and a half seasons. Say whaaat?!
According to Entertainment Weekly, Carter sacrificed herself to save her Ross, played by Jim Caviezel, and she died in his arms.
While Henson told EW she enjoyed playing Carter, she always knew the character would die. Fans, however, didn’t see it coming. And her character’s death has even more significance as it removes one more person of color from primetime TV…not that we had any to spare in the first place.
A recent Los Angeles Times article pointed out that while daytime TV is full of Black hosts (Queen Latifah, Steve Harvey and Wendy Williams, to name a few), primetime is lacking. In fact, Kerry Washington’s character on Scandal is one of the few leading ladies of color. SMH.
But we don’t expect Henson will be standing idle for long. In her cover story with JET last year, she confided she always stays hungry: “Even if it’s just for five minutes that I’m sitting, I’m asking: ‘what’s next?’”
And we can’t help but wonder what will be next for her (and other Black actresses), too.
YOUR TURN: Let us know what you think. Do you believe that more doors are opening for Black actors and actresses in primetime? Or is the loss of Henson’s character likely to leave a void for a while? Please weigh in via comments below or send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.