DCTV: ‘Gotham’ Season Finale Recap — Unexpected Villain Revealed For Season 3

Gotham City just got a lot more dangerous. While younger versions of DC Comics staples like Penguin, Catwoman, The Riddler and Poison Ivy have been all over the first two seasons of Gotham, Monday night’s season finale revealed that Season 3 will include even more. While a young Bruce Wayne continues to seek answers about the murder of his parents, it’s easy to see why a place like Gotham City will eventually need someone like Batman to supplement the GCPD.

As viewers left Gotham City last week, James Gordon had been captured by Dr. Hugo Strange, and Clayface had been made into his replicate. Bruce Wayne and Luscious had been captured at the same time and were being questioned by Edward Nygma/The Riddler. Selina/Cat agreed to be the servant of Bridgit/Firefly in order to save her own life. Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney was resurrected with some new special powers of persuasion. And viewers learned that the Court of Owls was behind Dr. Strange’s experiments.

NOTE: The following includes spoilers for Season 2, Episode 22 of Gotham, “Wrath of the Villains: Transference,” which originally aired on Fox on May 23. It is the season finale.

Who runs Gotham City?

In terms of the seedy underworld of crime in Gotham City, both Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot and Butch Gilzean were shocked to see the resurrected Fish Mooney after she had escaped from Indian Hills. Penguin passed out and Butch ran away in disbelief after Fish winked at him. With Strange being sent to prison, it would appear as though Fish Mooney will have the undisputed upper hand in Season 3 of Gotham.

But the question that came up time and time again during the season finale was who truly ran Gotham City. It turns out that the Court of Owls is running everything. With Strange headed to prison, it’s unclear how they will be able to use any of his research. However, Bruce Wayne learns about the secret council and his assumed mission for Season 3 will be to sniff them out.

Who runs Gotham City Police Department?

James Gordon gave the impression in the Season 2 finale that he would be going away for a while to try to find Lee Tompkins. It was unclear whether that was meant to explain the summer months before Gotham‘s Season 3 begins, or whether Gordon will have a less significant role this Fall.

It would appear that the acting Police Captain Harvey Bullock will move into the role of captain by next season. Given Gordon’s suggestion for such, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if Bullock looks a little more cleaned up for Season 3 now that he has a more important role in the Gotham City Police Department.


What about the other Gotham villains?

After Dr. Strange rigged a potentially nuclear bomb to erase all evidence of Indian Hills, Gordon defused the bomb and Strange was seen in handcuffs being put in a squad car. While it was unclear what happened to his nurse Ethel Peabody, she was last seen on the ground (still alive) in Indian Hills. One can assume she was arrested as well.

The last we saw of Edward Nygma, he was still locked in a cell at Indiana Hills. One would assume he’ll be imprisoned by the GCPD when Season 3 begins, along with Clayface. After a duel that lead to Strange’s demise, Mr. Freeze and Firefly would likely have also been arrested, unless they managed to escape on the bus full of Indian Hills monsters that Mooney used to escape. The future Catwoman was still chummy with Bruce Wayne in the season finale.

Which villains will be on Season 3 of Gotham?

A literal busload of bad guys were released onto the streets of Gotham City at the conclusion of Season 2. While virtually all of the characters remained hidden by blurry camera shots and awkward angles, there was one villain clearly shown that raises a ton of questions: a Bruce Wayne lookalike with long hair.

In an interview with Comic Book Resources, executive producer of Gotham John Stephens revealed a handful of classic DC Comics villains that fans can expect to see in Season 3, but none of them included a Bruce Wayne clone. While DCTV viewers guess at the explanation behind the long-haired Bruce, they can also imagine how confirmed new characters like Mad Hatter, the Tweedle Brothers, Talon and Solomon Grundy will play into Season 3 — as well as the Court of Owls.

Where to Watch

Fox airs Gotham on Monday evenings at 8/7c. Replays of the most recent episode of Gotham can be streamed on-demand at Fox’s website beginning Tuesday. Season 1 of Gotham can be streamed via Netflix.

Current episodes of Gotham (including “Wrath of the Villains: Transference”) can also be streamed with a Hulu Plus subscription the day after it airs on Fox.

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