Character Relationship Chart
Here is the Person of Interest Character Relationship Chart. This chart has 5031 words (excluding character names), and well over 100 connecting arrows and lines on it which basically demonstrate how the characters relate to each other. I try to update this chart once every two to three episodes.
The latest version of the chart (version 4.1.0) updates the chart for the first 5 episodes of Season 3. With the conclusion of the recent 3 episode story arc I should be able to have the chart updated before the final episode of the year on Dec 17.
In version 4.0.0, the chart was redesigned to allow for expansion and addition of characters through the trunk system. I explain more below. I've also shifted the mugshots off to the side because they were taking up too much space when paired with their respective characters on the chart itself. That, combined with a shift from Microsoft Word to Microsoft Publisher to create the chart, will allow the chart to grow larger than it could in Word (I was using the maximum document size in Word). A very hardware-intensive, 329MB Photoshop file combines the raw chart with the character images and background - the character images used to be on the Word document.
How to read the chart:
There are 5 main characters that have a designated color. These are Finch (blue), Reese (red) The Machine (green), Elias (brown), and Shaw (pink). On the old chart, the characters and their connections were connected directly to each other via arrows. While this worked perfectly fine, scalability was becoming increasingly problematic. In this version, 5 main characters have their own colored "trunk line". This looks complicated but in reality, the concept is very simple. If any smaller character needs to connect to any of the 5 main characters, then instead of there having to be a physical connection to them, the connection can be made by hooking in directly rto the "trunk", thus creating a connection between the characters in a logical way, instead of physically.
The reason for this design is that it prevents any line or arrow crossovers, lessening confusion. It looks complex to begin with, but once you get used to it, it's really easy to get your head around. If you look at the chart, things become a lot clearer. Despite some characters such as Zoe Morgan, and Bear being well away from the main characters they connect to, the new design means they can be anywhere on the chart and still remain connected to the main characters via the "trunk"
Instead of giving you the full 45.4MB, 600dpi JPEG to download and view, you'll view a compressed version. I've dropped the file size down to 8MB, while still retaining the 600dpi resolution. The only major difference you'll notice is the pixelation beginning to appear at high zoom levels. You're looking at a 15,000 x 6,000 pixel image (63.5cm x 42cm) so I recommend you view it on a desktop or laptop as opposed to a tablet or smartphone
Printing the chart
I don't want to make the Publisher or PDF files available online otherwise people will clone my work and take credit for it, thus I only make the image available. The dimensions of the image are huge so I can only recommend you print the image out onto multiple pages and stick them together, otherwise the text will be too small.
Detective Raymond Terney is the sole addition in version 4.0.0. Depending on how the next couple of weeks pan out, I'll add Peter Yogorov and Mike Laskey
Click here to download the chart, current to S03E05. Note that the chart is about 8MB in size, and will open in a new browser tab. You will need to either save the chart to your computer's hard drive, then open the chart in a photo viewer, or use the zoom function on your web browser to read the text
When you're done, please share the link to this page with your friends on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr etc! Who knows, maybe one of the cast or crew might notice the chart and have a wee look themselves!