Viewers may have been uncertain as to Gotham’s longevity when the show first premiered. Straddling the line between superhero origin story and police procedural, it failed to strike a chord with some fans who couldn’t abide by the concept of
“Batman without Batman.” Those who have stuck around, however, have become engrossed with the running storylines involving characters such as Jim Gordon, the Penguin, and the young Bruce Wayne.
In TV Guide’s recent preview gallery, it was explained that each of the aforementioned characters will be undergoing major changes when Gotham returns from winter hiatus. Those who saw the midseason finale are well aware that Gordon will have to deal with the fallout of a major decision he made, one which mirrors the series pilot in a much darker fashion. According to executive producer Bruno Heller:
“He’s stepped over that moral line. Jim Gordon has made a terrible mistake, which he’s going to pay for. The biggest price he will pay is in his relationship with Lee Tompkins. Jim’s essentially an honest man, so the need to have honest relationships does betray him in the end.”
Meanwhile, Penguin continues his journey toward becoming one of the greatest criminal masterminds in Gotham, while Bruce Wayne continues to hone his skills toward becoming the World’s Greatest Detective. Says Heller:
“Dr. Hugo Strange [guest star B.D. Wong] has a profound effect on Penguin. He makes a new man of him in many ways. Plus: Bruce Wayne will finally find out who killed his parents!”
Wayne has come close to discovering this information before, but it didn’t quite pan out. The series has been building toward this reveal for a long time, so the greatest question isn’t who killed Thomas and Martha Wayne, but rather what Bruce will do once he learns this information. He’s still a little young to become Batman, but perhaps Gotham fans will see him mete out some form of vigilante justice as the series continues.
Fox will premiere the next episode of Gotham on Monday, February 29 at 8PM ET/PT.