Just hours before FOX holds its UpFront presentation in New York, Variety is reporting that Gotham has been renewed for a fifth and final season.
Season Five will focus on Bruce Wayne’s transformation into Batman, paying off the long and winding origin story that started with the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne.
Along the way, we’ve gotten many glimpses of the man Bruce will someday be, and we’ve seen the evolution of Jim Gordon from straight-laced cop to a man willing to dabble in darkness – and perhaps willing to look the other way when a vigilante hits his city’s streets.
But even more fascinating has been the development of the Dark Knight’s future adversaries, particularly the unholy trinity of Jeremiah Valeska/Joker, Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin and Edward Nygma/Riddler. Cameron Monaghan, Robin Lord Taylor and Cory Michael Smith all deserve awards for their portrayals of these classic Batman villains.
It’s also been a joy to watch the development of the tortured relationship between Bruce and street urchin Selina Kyle, the future Catwoman. Not just because of the characters, but also to watch David Mazouz and Camren Bicondova literally grow up on our screens.
We already know this Thursday night’s season finale will be a game-changer for Gotham. It’s good to know the show will get a chance to wind things down gracefully. (Other networks, take note!) I do wonder whether we will see Bruce in the actual Batman suit; he’s still quite young, unless there’s a time jump somewhere in the season.
My hopes for the final season:
- More episodes like “That’s Entertainment!” which included some great meta callouts and is one of the best episodes of the series.
- More appearances by Ra’s al Ghul and Poison Ivy, who’ve both rattled Gotham.
- Keep Lee on the dark side; I’m liking this better than I did when she was Jim Gordon’s love interest.
- Keep the friendship strong between Jim and Harvey. Until Batman appears, Gotham needs them!
- Less overt violence, which is merely shocking, and more of the covert kind, such as the fight between Alfred and Jeremiah’s goons in 4×20. All we could see were shadows on the floor, and that was much more frightening.
Agree? Disagree? What do you hope for in Gotham’s final season? Tell us in the comments below!
Gotham’s Season 5 finale airs Thursday night at 8/7 Central on FOX.