I can understand why she was unable to kill him due to her conscience, but surely sparing him is an instant death sentence. I couldn't see a plausible reason why he didn't immediately have her killed, considering she knows -everything-.

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    I have a hard time remembering this in all detail, but the whole point of this show and Emily's character development was that she got increasing doubts about the "righteousness" of her quest and the person it makes out of her. Sparing the man she wanted to kill all the time is just a culmination of this development. But I'd have so actually see it again before making any more detailed assesments about the direct consequences her mercy might have had at this point.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Jun 16, 2014 at 12:33

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This is because the show wants to depict that Emily is no less than the white haired man; a.k.a. Gordon murphy; as she almost wins her fight with him (and is about to kill him) but she decides to honor her father's memory by sparing him (setting him free). Please refer to the flashback scenes shown in which Emily (when she was a little girl) sets a bird free from the cage when she is with her father.

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