‘Gotham’: What to Expect When Season 2 Returns
Gotham is returning for the second half of Season 2 this month and from the sounds of it, fans can expect more villains and more surprises than ever before. From the introduction of two new big bads, Mr. Freeze and Doctor Strange, and the long-rumored return of a certain criminal boss, it’s safe to say things are about to get even more complicated for Ben McKenzie’s Detective Jim Gordon. Here’s everything we know about the rest of Season 2 so far.
1. Fish Mooney is back
As revealed in January, Jada Pinkett Smith is set to reprise her role as Fish Mooney in multiple episodes in the latter half of Season 2. Fox has confirmed her return, although the network declined to provide details about how exactly the character will resurface.
As fans will remember, Fish was last seen getting pushed into a watery grave in the show’s Season 1 finale. At the time, showrunner Bruno Heller hinted that the villain’s death may not be permanent. “I would definitely not assume anything in a town like Gotham,” he stated at the time. “It’s very unpredictable, the comic book world.”
2. Mr. Freeze will show up
Nathan Darrow has been cast in the role of Victor Fries, whom fans know as the man that will eventually become the future super villain Mr. Freeze. As one of Gotham City’s top cryogenics experts, Fries’s story will reportedly begin to unfold right after his wife falls ill with a terminal disease. As she gets sicker, he becomes determined to do whatever it takes to save her life. Fans got their first look at Darrow’s Freeze (and the horrific effects of his freeze ray) in the Season 2 promo above.
3. You’ll see a very different Barbara
Barbara Kean, played by Erin Richards, is definitely no longer the innocent, trusting girl she started out as on the show. The character has already undergone a major transformation, having suffered a psychotic break and turned into a mad villain. Before the mid-season hiatus, she also fell from a window and ended in a coma with broken bones and bruising that’s all too representative of her own fractured mental state. Now, she’s set to undergo yet another big change.
“Yeah, she comes back totally different” after each time she fades into the background, Richards told ComicBook.com of her character. “And that will happen again. You know, you go into a coma, you’re going to come out a little different. It’s ambiguous as to whether she is actually changed, or whether she’s not changed [and pretending].”
Either way, it’s safe to say that this change will have something to do with Jimi Gordon. “You’re going to see her come to terms a little bit with what’s happened,” Richards teased, “and try to go deeper into the truth with Jim, their relationship, their past, and their future.”
4. Hugo Strange will shake things up for Penguin
Gotham will get even stranger, when BD Wong appears later in the season in the recurring role of the villainous Hugo Strange, a mad scientist running Arkham Asylum. “What [he] is doing in there is indeed very, very bad,” Wong teased of his character. “Imagine the worst thing someone might do. Then multiply that by 10.”
That’s going to mean major trouble for Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), who just became the asylum’s newest resident. “Hugo Strange has a profound effect on Penguin,” executive producer Bruno Heller told TVGuide. “He makes a new man of him in many ways.”
4. Jim Gordon will have major consequences to face
In the midseason finale, Gordon finally caught Theo Galavan and instead of taking his chances the legal system again, he shot Galavan in cold blood. Now, he’s left to face the moral consequences of his actions. “He’s certainly compromised,” executive producer Bruno Heller told TVGuide. “He’s stepped over that moral line. Jim Gordon has made a terrible mistake, which he’s going to pay for.”
And it’s not just about facing his boss. The murder will also have major repercussions on his relationship with Lee. ” The biggest price he will pay is in his relationship with Lee Tompkins,” Heller teased. “Jim’s essentially an honest man, so the need to have honest relationships does betray him in the end.”
5. Bruce Wayne will discover who killed his parents
The death of Wayne’s parents at an early age has been the catalyst to turning him into Gotham City’s Dark Knight in every Batman story. That doesn’t change on Gotham, and the majority of young Bruce’s storyline has revolved around his investigation into their murder. It’s been slow going, but TV Guide has since confirmed that Bruce will learn the identity of his parent’s mysterious killer at least in the second half of Season 2.
Gotham returns for the second half of Season 2 on February 29.