According to Person of Interest creator Jonathan Nolan, when he rounded up his cast almost three years ago, the message was clear: Nothing lasts forever.

That much was confirmed this Tuesday night, when the CBS drama killed off, in the episode's final moments, the character of newly re-minted Detective Joss Carter, played by Taraji P. Henson.

After setting up the possibility that Detective Fusco (Kevin Chapman) would be the one to bite the dust, Person of Interest creator Jonathan Nolan and Executive Producer Greg Plageman threw audiences for a loop by sending beloved cop Joss Carter (Taraji P. Henson) to an early grave on the last jaw-dropping episode, as reported by Entertainment Weekly.

The episode titled, The Crossing, was billed as the second part in a three-episode trilogy with the warning that one of the main players on the CBS drama would not be making it out alive. This unfolded in the form of Taraji P. Henson's Detective Carter suffering a fatal gunshot in the midst of Reese's (Jim Caviezel) battle against the powerful and corrupt organization, HR, as stated in The Hollywood Reporter.

When asked about chances of Taraji coming back, perhaps in flashbacks, Nolan replied, "Absolutely. It's been a pleasure to work with Taraji, and selfishly we are going to insist that she come back and hang out with us again. We'll be itching to get Taraji back into an episode of our show just as soon as we can. Also, we're excited to see what she does next."

Talking about the next episode, Plageman says, "Officer Simmons' number comes up, and it's not a question of if he going to get off, it's a question of which character is going to do it. It's a darker chapter, and it's one of the most powerful. This loss is going to be something that isn't going to be easily glossed over between our characters, particularly between Reese and Finch and the understanding of how the Machine works."