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Spoilers for the whole show!

In Person of Interest, near the end of season 2, the Machine forms and uses the Thornhill persona and the Thornhill Corporation, which manages a workaround for the Machine's memories being deleted.

At the end of season 3, the Machine is forced into hiding and the Samaritan "era" begins, which lasts for more than a season.

At the end of season 4, devices which are ostensibly power boxes produced and distributed by Thornhill Utilities are used to save the Machine.

At the end of season 5, some employees of the Thornhill Corporation save Mr. Reese and Detective Fusco.

The question is why is this corporation allowed continued existence, instead of being exploited by Samaritan (it could have order investigations of it, it could have turned the people already working there, tried infiltrating it, or, failing all that, it could have just destroyed it)?

Team Machine is protected by hacked Samaritan servers installed by Root and her team, and the Machine itself can hide from Samaritan, but I can't recall any discussions of hiding an entire corporation.

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    Why would they need to hide it? So long as Samaritan isn't aware of what Thornhill does, it doesn't need to pay attention to it. I guess Thornhill just about manages to fly under Samaritan / Decima's radar. – user25730 Oct 21 '19 at 4:20
  • I would argue that they need to make it inconspicuous rather than actually hiding it, which looks difficult for a corporation doing vague things being run by a virtual character no-one's ever actually seen and running a risk of superhuman scrutiny. – Chiffa Oct 21 '19 at 7:48

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