It seems like most characters on Gotham at some point got bitten by the love bug. Some more often than others, like Edward Nygma. But not Alfred. No, Sean Pertwee’s Alfred on Gotham had bigger priorities like training and mentoring Bruce and, on occasion, keeping him safe from negative elements like Selina Kyle. At least, early on in the series. Sadly, Alfred never really got that chance.
Well, sort of. Early on in the second season, we did see Alfred develop a fondness for Leslie Thompkins…until learning that she was already involved with Jim Gordon. And, more recently in the fourth season episode “Pieces of a Broken Mirror,” Alfred did seem to grow attached to a waitress named Tiffany, who had suffered at the hands of an abusive boyfriend and was eventually found beaten to death. Whenever it seems that Alfred may have a chance with someone, life steps in and decides that he won’t be getting romantically involved with anyone anytime soon.
Yes, it seems that Alfred must take his role as butler quite literally, with his focus being Bruce Wayne and nothing more. Well, and Lucius Fox on occasion, but actor Sean Pertwee did acknowledge this recently at New York Comic-Con when asked by ScreenRant if there were elements or factors to Alfred’s character arc that Pertwee wish the series had explored:
“Yeah, I sort of met a girl that I liked and she died about three pages later. And I thought we were going to go down that path with the beautiful Leslie Thompkins. And that didn’t work out… and also there was a bizarre moment that wasn’t really sort of scripted with Fish Mooney. There was this kind of frisson between us and even Jada [Pinkett-Smith] went ‘what was that about?’. I don’t know, but that could be interesting, something worth exploring. No, he didn’t do well on that front, on Tinder, did he?”
Again, the girl in question probably being Tiffany from Season Four, and I would wager that Alfred dodged a bullet by avoiding any kind of romantic entanglement with Jada Pinkett-Smith’s Fish Mooney, whether before or after she was brought back from the dead.
But with the final season of Gotham upon us, will Alfred even have time to potentially have a romantic connection when the city has been plunged into darkness and Bruce is off helping stop the criminal elements? What do you think? Could or should Alfred have had a shot with someone out there in Gotham City? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Gotham airs on Fox and stars Ben McKenzie, Morena Baccarin, David Mazouz, Camren Bicondova, Sean Pertwee, Robin Lord Taylor, Cory Michael Smith, Donal Logue, Chris Chalk, Erin Richards, Jessica Lucas, Nathan Darrow, Michelle Veintimilla, and Cameron Monaghan.
The fifth and final season will air on Fox next year.