Gotham wrapped up its second season with a major cliffhanger finale that involved the return of Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney and the escape of a whole bus full of Hugo Strange’s experimental villains from Arkham. With a slew of bad guys now free to wreak havoc on Gotham City, fans can definitely expect things to get even darker and crazier next season. Here’s everything we know about Gotham Season 3 so far (including the just-released trailer above).
1. Expect a ton of new villains
Viewers weren’t able to get a close look at most of Hugo Strange’s experimental villains as they were unleashed in the Season 2 finale, but fans don’t have to wait until next season to find out who some of the newly freed bad guys are. Executive producer John Stephens recently revealed who will pop up on the list of Gotham Season 3 villains. Among the names he mentioned: Mad Hatter, The Tweedle Brothers, Talon, and Solomon Grundy.
TVLine also reports the show is adding another series regular role, described as “a young villainess who uses her sexuality to entrap men.”
Update 7/18/16: Aussie actor Benedict Samuel (The Walking Dead) has been cast in the series regular role of Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter.
Update 9/1/16: Tetch recently described his version of Mad Hatter, telling Zap2It, “His purpose is to find his sister and I think he’ll move hell and high earth to find her. There are so many pieces to him. There’s a child in there and there’s also a psychopath.”
2. Jim has a dark journey ahead
Jim (Ben McKenzie) had a rough time in Season 2, and unfortunately for him, it looks like his problems are far from over. Though the finale saw him leaving Gotham to find Lee (Morena Baccarin) and start over, Stephens says a happy ending just isn’t the cards. “His journey back to the light and his ideals, I can promise you, is not going to be a smooth one next year,” he told Zap2It. “Nor do I think we’ve actually seen him at his darkest yet even.”
It doesn’t help that he’ll have a mob progeny after him. Per TVLine, James Carpinello has been cast to play Mario Falcone, the son of feared mob boss Carmine Falcone (John Doman) who has rejected his family’s criminal ways and made a legitimate life for himself as a well-respected, Ivy League-educated ER doctor. The problem? He has it out for Jim and specifically, his romance with Lee.
Update 7/26/16: At Comic-Con 2016, the series unveiled brief snippets of footage from Season 3, each focusing on a different characters. Check out Jim Gordon’s below:
3. We’ll learn the truth behind Fish Mooney’s survival
Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney made a long-awaited return to the series in the Season 2 finale, and it seems fans can expect to see plenty more of her in the upcoming season. “We certainly hope to see her at the beginning of next year and we’re building stories around the expectation that you’ll be seeing her from the beginning of Season 3,” Stephens recently told Zap2it.
Given their long, complicated history, Stephens also reveals that Fish’s return will have a particularly big impact on Penguin. “In our mind, he has two thoughts,” he said. “First there’s ‘Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God! I’ve got to kill her before she kills me!’ Number two is ‘Why didn’t she kill me when she had the chance? What game is she playing?'”
Update 7/15/16: Series boss Danny Cannon has confirmed via Twitter that Pinkett Smith’s Fish will be back, with a photo teasing “Mooney’s entrance” in Season 3.
— Danny Cannon (@DannyJCannon) July 9, 2016
4. Penguin will be more evil than ever
With so many villains on the loose, Gotham City will be in its most dangerous and dire state yet — and Penguin will be right in his element. Actor Robin Lord Taylor recently described just how dark his character will get in the upcoming season. “Oswald will try to be the most powerful man he can be. He learned so much in Season 2,” he said, per CinemaBlend. “Now he has the means and knowledge, he knows what it is to be the king of Gotham and how difficult it is. On the death of his mother, Nygma told him, ‘You’re free to do whatever you want now. To love someone is to be weak, vulnerable.’ Now he can be as ruthless as he wants. I think he will take that advice.”
Update 7/26/16: At Comic-Con 2016, the series unveiled brief snippets of footage from Season 3, each focusing on a different characters. Check out Oswald’s below:
5. That Bruce Wayne doppelganger will be explained
One of the faces audiences saw among the busload of Stranger’s villains was that of a Bruce Wayne lookalike, with longer hair. So what’s the deal? Producers are staying tightlipped, but Stephens told TVLine that Wayne’s doppelganger is “in line with all the other story we’ve been telling [in Season 2], but one piece that we’ve kept hidden.”
Update 7/29/16: The series unveiled a brief snippet of footage from Season 3, focusing on Bruce Wayne:
Update 9/1/16: The show has released another photo on Twitter, seen below:
— Gotham (@Gotham) August 29, 2016
6. The Joker may (finally) come into play
As Stranger’s villains were released into the world at the end of Gotham‘s Season 2 finale, one particular sound rang out above the chaos: the cackling of the show’s Joker-esque character Jerome Valeska (Cameron Monaghan). As fans will remember, Jerome was killed early in the season by Theo Galavan. However, audiences have long speculated that he could come back — something that the show’s stars have also hinted strongly at. “Not only can we [bring Jerome back], but we might. I can’t say definitively, but yes. I’ll put it this way: almost nobody that you’ve seen go away is dead. They are all able to come back,” Ben McKenzie said back in January.
Now it looks like he may be keeping true to his word. Though the finale scene didn’t actually show Monaghan’s Jerome, the unmistakable evil laughter definitely implies that he’s back and among one of the many villains set to cause trouble next season. But the question remains: Will we finally see Jerome delve into full-on Joker mode in Season 3, or will the brains behind the show keep insisting that he’s only “the seed of the Joker” and not the real thing?
7. Valerie Vale will show up
In May, TVLine teased that Gotham will introduce an ambitious young journalist named “Valerie” in Season 3. The description immediately sparked speculation that “Valerie” could actually be code for the classic female comic character, Vicki Vale. It looks like the rumor mill was right, as TVLine has since confirmed that Vicki Vale will be appearing on the show next season. For those unfamiliar with the character, Vicki Vale is known in the comics as a recurring love interest to Batman.
Update 6/21/16: TVLine has confirmed that Jamie Chung has been cast in the role of the reporter with the last name Vale, although it seems that the character will indeed be named Valerie, not Vicki. Why? Per the report, Valerie will actually be Vicky Vale’s aunt. But it seems the journalistic skills run in the family, as evidenced from the description of the recurring character: “Gotham Gazette‘s newest hire, Valerie is a crackerjack reporter dead set on uncovering the truth behind Indian Hill. Confident and dogged, she will do anything to get the scoop, and soon sets her sights on Gordon, who she believes is the key lead in her story.”
— A+ Opinions (@APlusOpinions) July 6, 2016
Update 7/7/16: On-set photos of Chung’s Vale have been leaked, as seen above.
Update 7/26/16: At Comic-Con 2016, the series unveiled brief snippets of footage from Season 3, each focusing on a different characters. Check out Vale’s below:
8. There will be a new Poison Ivy
One of Gotham‘s villains is about to get a makeover. Per TVLine, Ivy Pepper will have fully transformed into the evil Poison Ivy in Season 3. The character will be a series regular next season and as a result of the change, Clare Foley, who played the younger version of the character in the first two seasons, will not be returning to the role. Instead, the show is reportedly looking to recast the part with “an actress in her late teens.”
Update 6/22/16: The show has cast Maggie Geha as the new Poison Ivy. As Deadline describes, the new version of the character will 19 years old and will no longer be playing Selina Kyle’s sidekick. Instead, she will be “a newly confident and empowered Pepper [who will be] will be moving towards her poisonous persona and Bruce Wayne.” As for how the transformation from a young Ivy to an elder one will take place, producer John Stephens y confirmed that an Indian Hill escapee will use his powers to drain years from Ivy’s life, aging her in the process.
Update 8/8/16: The first image of Geha as the new Poision Ivy has been released, as seen above.
Update 8/17/16: A second image has given more context to Geha’s grown-up version of Ivy Pepper. In this photo, the character sports the green sweater typically associated with the character.
Gotham will return to Fox on Monday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern time this fall.