The next number the Machine dispenses to Finch and the team belongs to Cyrus Wells, a custodian. His current blue collar job belies the fact that he has an MBA and was once a multimillionaire, that life and the money which he chucked on his own doing. What they also quickly learn is that the person who may figuratively pull the trigger on Cyrus, the target, is Root. Finch learns directly from Root that she has her own Machine driven mission with Cyrus, her tasks, unlike Finch's, which are laid out for her by the Machine immediately before she is to carry them out. All Root knows is that her overall goal is to protect the Machine, most specifically now from a competing Machine, namely Samaritan, which is close to being functional. Finch and Root will have to figure out if their Machine driven tasks are incompatible, especially as Root has demonstrated in the past that the death of someone like Cyrus is acceptable collateral damage. They both have to figure out who truly is after Cyrus ... Written by
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The name Root uses for her FBI credentials is "Augusta A. King". Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace was a 19th century mathematician, who worked on an early theory for creating a computing device (the Analytical Engine). See more
[Regarding the machine
How badly did you have to break it to make it care about people so much?
That didn't break it. It's what made it work. It was only after I taught the Machine that people mattered that it could begin to be able to help them. I'd like to do the same thing for you, if you'd let me.