Gotham Season 3 Episode 21 Promo, Episode Guide, and Plot Details

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Gotham Season 3 is barrelling towards its finish! This article is your one-stop resource for everything related to the comic book show and its third season. 

You can read our review of the latest episode of Gotham — “Pretty Hate Machine”— here. 

What’s up next? The two-part season finale!

Here is the synopsis for Part 1 of the finale, “Destiny Calling”…

The search for the antidote continues as the deadly virus spreads throughout the city; and Fish Mooney, the Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. In other events, Bruce meets Ra’s Al Ghul and completes his last task in order to fulfill his destiny, but realizes he can’t let go of his past; Gordon tries to win back Lee; and past alliances within Gotham City are broken and new alliances are formed.

And here is the synopsis for Part 2 of the finale, “Heavydirtysoul”…

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In the Season 3 finale, the search for the antidote continues as the deadly virus spreads throughout the city; and Fish Mooney, the Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. In other events, Bruce meets Ra’s Al Ghul and completes his last task in order to fulfill his destiny, but realizes he can’t let go of his past; Gordon tries to win back Lee; and past alliances within Gotham City are broken and new alliances are formed.

Gotham Season 3 Latest News

The second half of Gotham Season 3 looks amazing, not only bringing back some of the major characters that have haunted the streets of Gotham in previous seasons (Fish Mooney, for example), but fulfilling some major Batman mythology in the process (R’as al Ghul anyone?). Check out this amazing trailer…

“Gotham needs something that you can provide – a protector, Bruce.”

The previous Gotham Season 3 sneak peak, titled “The Transformation Begins!,” gives us our clearest indication of what’s in store for young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). While there’s always been a Batman-bound destiny attached to the tortured, tragedy-stricken young heir, the sight of a sagely character in an apparent monastic setting instilling the idea into Bruce that he can become a “protector” seems to dovetail with the eventual debut of Alexander Siddig’s League of Assassins master Ra’s al Ghul, clearing the path leading to him becoming the hero Gotham deserves.

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Gotham Season 3 Episodes

Gotham Season 3 Episode 1: Mad City – Better to Reign in Hell…

Gordon (Ben McKenzie) works in a monster-ridden Gotham as a bounty hunter and seeks to find Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) for answers about the Indian Hill escapees – and why their powers appear to be killing them. Meanwhile, Bruce’s (David Mazouz) doppelganger roams the streets, and Barbara (Erin Richards) and Tabitha (Jessica Lucas) open a new nightclub called The Sirens.

air date: September 19

Gotham Season 3 Episode 2: Mad City – Burn the Witch

Fish Mooney (guest star Jada Pinkett Smith) takes matters into her own hands to locate Hugo Strange (guest star BD Wong), forcing Gordon to reluctantly team up with journalist Valerie Vale (guest star Jamie Chung) to find her. Penguin rises in popularity after criticizing the work of the GCPD and Bruce’s investigation of the Court of Owls is compromised. Meanwhile, Ivy Pepper (Maggie Geha) is reintroduced into Gotham City. 

air date: September 26

Gotham Season 3 Episode 3: Look Into My Eyes

Hypnotist Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter arrives in Gotham to search for his sister, Alice, and hires Gordon to help find her. Meanwhile, Penguin decides to run for mayor and Bruce’s doppelganger begins to channel him, causing some confusion around town. 

air date: October 3

Gotham Season 3 Episode 4: New Day Rising

Penguin gains power as he narrows in on the nomination for Mayor of Gotham. Meanwhile, Gordon turns Alice (guest star Naian Gonzalez Norvind) into the GCPD for the bounty. Also, Bruce and Alfred race to find Bruce’s doppleganger after learning he’s assumed Bruce’s identity.

air date: October 10

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Gotham Season 3 Episode 5: Anything For You

Crime in Gotham is at an all-time high, as Penguin struggles to uphold his promises to the city. Meanwhile, Butch goes down a dark path with the infamous Red Hood Gang and Bruce begins to investigate Ivy’s whereabouts.

airdate: October 17

Gotham Season 3 Episode 6: Follow the White Rabbit

Mad Hatter sets his eyes on his next victims, forcing Jim Gordon to make some tough decisions. Meanwhile, Penguin and Nygma’s relationship evolves, and a familiar face comes back into Nygma’s life

airdate: October 24

Gotham Season 3, Episode 7: Red Queen

When Jim Gordon makes contact with a substance in the hand of Mad Hatter, he’s led on a psychedelic trip in which he must face his past, present and future; Penguin has a difficult time with Nygma’s new relationship.

airdate: October 31

Gotham Season 3, Episode 8: Blood Rush

Barnes begins to feel the effects of a recent incident and begins to go mad. Meanwhile, Nygma is out of his depth in his relationship with Isabella (guest star Chelsea Spack) and Carmine Falcone (guest star John Doman) throws Lee and Mario (guest star James Carpinello) an engagement party

airdate: November 7

Gotham Season 3, Episode 9: The Executioner

Gordon and Bullock become suspicious of Barnes, and comb through evidence of the murder at Lee and Mario’s engagement party. Nygma goes to Penguin when he hasn’t heard from Isabella (guest star Chelsea Spack). Meanwhile, Ivy reveals her identity to Selina and Bruce, but quickly leads them to trouble.

airdate: November 14

Gotham Season 3, Episode 10: Time Bomb

On the eve of their rehearsal dinner, a threat to Mario (guest star James Carpinello) and Lee (Morena Baccarin) is exposed, and Falcone (guest star John Doman) looks to Jim for help. Meanwhile, Nygma seeks revenge and Bruce learns more about The Court of Owls. 

airdate: November 21

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Gotham Season 3, Episode 11: Beware the Green-Eyed Monster

As the virus begins to spread in Gotham, the laboratory that is developing a cure is compromised. Mario and Gordon face off before the wedding, Selina meets an unexpected face and Barbara comes to Nygma with information about Isabella.

airdate: November 28

Gotham Season 3 Episode 12: Ghosts

Falcone places a hit on Gordon after learning that he shot Mario. Gordon and Bullock discover a follower of Jerome (guest star Cameron Monaghan), who plans to bring him back to life. Meanwhile, Penguin spirals out of control before the biggest television interview of his Mayoral career, and Bruce and Selina deal with Selina’s mom’s return to Gotham.

airdate: January 16th

Gotham Season 3 Episode 13: Smile Like You Mean It

On the run from Gordon and Bullock, Dwight (guest star David Dastmalchian) tries to revive Jerome (guest star Cameron Monaghan) and, in turn, activates his acolytes around Gotham City. Meanwhile, Selina’s mom’s (guest star Ivana Milicevic) intentions in Gotham are revealed, and the power play between Penguin and Nygma escalates as Barbara’s plans are set in place.

airdate: January 23rd

Gotham Season 3 Episode 14: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies

With Jerome (guest star Cameron Monaghan) on the loose with one target in mind, Bruce and Alfred’s safety is compromised. Meanwhile, Gordon’s uncle Frank (guest star James Remar) pays him a visit, and Nygma and Penguin are forced to confront their issues face-to-face, with possible deadly consequences.

airdate: January 30th

Gotham Season 3 Episode 15: How the Riddler Got His Name

Nygma convinces himself that he doesn’t need Penguin to succeed and begins to introduce himself to Gotham as “The Riddler.” Bullock and Lucius Fox get caught up in Nygma’s mind games, while Gordon learns troubling news about his father’s death. Meanwhile, the Court of the Owls reveals its next move.

air date: April 24th

Gotham Season 3 Episode 16: These Dark and Delicate Obsessions

The Court of Owls devises a new plan regarding the future of Gotham, as Gordon uncovers information about his father and uncle’s past, connecting him back to the organization. Meanwhile, Bruce wakes up in the temple and learns of the Shaman’s wish for him.

air date: May 1st

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Gotham Season 3 Episode 17: The Primal Riddle

While Oswald assembles his army of Indian Hill subjects, Jim tries to join the Court and Alfred notices that something is wrong with “Bruce”.

air date: May 8th

Gotham Season 3 Episode 18: Light the Wick

Jim tries to find out what the Court intends for Gotham, and the trail leads to Barnes and Strange. Meanwhile, Bruce is honed into a weapon, and Ivy tries to wake Selina up from her coma.

air date: May 15th

Gotham Season 3 Episode 19: All Will Be Judged

The Temple Shaman convinces Bruce to let go of his memories of the past, and reveals his true purpose. Meanwhile, Jim and Harvey learn that Alfred has the shattered pieces of the crystal owl which hold the bomb’s location.

air date: May 22nd

Gotham Season 3 Episode 20: Pretty Hate Machine

Gordon races against the clock to save the city from the Alice Tetch virus, but Lee Thompkins intercepts with a plan of her own; Alfred sees a big change in Bruce Wayne after his work with the Shaman; and some of Gotham’s worst villains band together.

air date: May 29th

Gotham Season 3 Episode 21: Destiny Calling

The search for the antidote continues as the deadly virus spreads throughout the city; and Fish Mooney, the Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. In other events, Bruce meets Ra’s Al Ghul and completes his last task in order to fulfill his destiny, but realizes he can’t let go of his past; Gordon tries to win back Lee; and past alliances within Gotham City are broken and new alliances are formed.

air date: June 5th

Gotham Season 3 Episode 22: Heavydirtysoul

In the Season 3 finale, the search for the antidote continues as the deadly virus spreads throughout the city; and Fish Mooney, the Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. In other events, Bruce meets Ra’s Al Ghul and completes his last task in order to fulfill his destiny, but realizes he can’t let go of his past; Gordon tries to win back Lee; and past alliances within Gotham City are broken and new alliances are formed.

air date: June 5th

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Gotham Season 3 Story

Have you heard the exciting casting news? Gothamis not only bringing DC Comics Big Bad R’as al Ghul onto the scene, but they’ve cast Game of Thrones and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine alum Alexander Siddig in the iconic role. For more on the details of the character, check out our story on the subject.

Fox released the synopsis for Gothamseason 3, and it is full of clues of what we can expect in the upcoming season, including “a realignment of alliances,” Jim Gordon’s hunt for Hugo Strange and Fish Mooney, and the “peel[ing] back of the curtain” hiding the Court of Owls. Here’s the full synopsis…

GOTHAM (Mondays, 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) The origin story continues on Season Three of GOTHAM, and the stakes are higher than ever, as Super-Villains more ambitious and depraved are introduced, and a realignment of alliances shakes up the fight for power in Gotham City.

Season Three will peel back the curtain on the infamous criminal organization known as the Court of The Owls. With the Indian Hill escapees on the loose, JIM GORDON (Ben McKenzie) must take matters into his own hands as a bounty hunter in Gotham. He makes it his mission to find HUGO STRANGE (guest star BD Wong), the mastermind behind the horrifying Indian Hill experiments, and FISH MOONEY (guest star Jada Pinkett Smith), one of Strange’s subjects. Meanwhile, GCPD Detective HARVEY BULLOCK (Donal Logue) and Captain NATHANIEL BARNES (Michael Chiklis) remain at the forefront of the fight against crime in the monster-ridden city. Also, BRUCE WAYNE (David Mazouz), with the help of his trusted butler and mentor, ALFRED PENNYWORTH (Sean Pertwee), and former Wayne Enterprises employee, LUCIUS FOX (Chris Chalk), discovers there are still more secrets to uncover regarding his parents’ murders.

As the city sinks deeper into chaos, GOTHAM will continue to follow the evolving stories of the city’s most malevolent villains: THE PENGUIN (Robin Lord Taylor); EDWARD NYGMA/the future RIDDLER (Cory Michael Smith); SELINA KYLE/the future CATWOMAN (Camren Bicondova); BARBARA KEAN (Erin Richards), TABITHA GALAVAN/TIGRESS (Jessica Lucas) and BUTCH GILZEAN (Drew Powell).

Um, would we call Selina Kyle “one of the city’s most malevolent villains”? I know that, personally, I would not. Especially if we’re judging on a scale that plunks Gordon on the hero side of this morality equation. Could this be a tease that Selina might be going darker in season 3 or is it simply a synopsis’ need to neatly sort a frankly insane number of characters into easily-defined categories? We’ll have to wait and see…

Oh, and while we’re at it, there’s already talk of adding Harley Quinn and Killer Croc to future seasons of the show.

Gotham Season 3 Trailer

We’ve got an exclusive new Gotham featurette for Monday’s all-new episode, “Red Queen,” and it is full of Oswald/Ed goodness (#Nygmobblepot). Seriously, it’s called: Robin Lord Taylor and Cory Michael Smith Ship Oswald & Nygma. You better not be trolling us, Gotham.

Speaking on the draw of the dynamic between Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot and Ed “Riddler” Nygma, Taylor says: “Just the fact that they are two insane oddballs who come together and actually have a connection through that, I think that speaks to a lot of people.”

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Smith adds: “Oswald is falling in love with Edward and then Edward is confronted in this Vertigomoment with this woman Isabella, who is a dead ringer for Kristin Kringle … Kristin is the one person who floods him with this history of who he used to be and what he used to want and he can’t help but be consumed by what could potentially be a second chance.”

I’ve written a lot in my recent Gotham reviews about how interesting, bold, and organic I find the Ed/Oswald relationship evolution this season. It’s contributing to Gotham‘s best run of episodes, well, ever. Check out the retrospective on Ed and Oswald’s relationship, the actors’ take on where their characters are coming from, and what is next for Ed, Oswald, and Isabella in the exclusive featurette below…

GOTHAM airs Mondays at 8/7c on FOX and watch anytime on FOX NOW.

The first trailer for Gotham season 3 has arrived. Here’s your first look at the madness that’s about to engulf Gotham City next season:

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Gotham Season 3 Villains and New Characters

We’ve got a Gothamseason 3 cast update! According to Deadline, the comic book show has just cast Raymond J. Barry in a recurring role as the temple shaman, a “mysterious figure who enters Bruce’s life with the stated intention of unlocking the potential of his own mind.”

Sounds like young Bruce Wayne is getting serious about his quest to turn into Batman. He might be off to a rough start, because “while the Shaman says the fate of Gotham depends upon Bruce becoming the man the city needs him to become, the truth behind his intentions proves to be far more sinister.” Man, that Bruce Wayne can’t catch a break.

We can’t wait to see Barry in this multi-layered, quasi-villainous role. His recent turn in The 100season 2 as President Dante Wallace was one of the highlights of an all-around stellar season. If he brings half as much terrifying charisma to Gotham,this Shaman character will be something special.

Gotham executive producer John Stephens spoke to Comic Book Resources about which villains we’ll see make appearances. He specifically mentions The Mad Hatter, the Tweedle Brothers, Talon (following up on the Court of Owls stuff from this season), and even Solomon Grundy! There will probably be more beyond that, too.

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TV Line has more specifics on those potential villains, including one who “learns people’s secrets and manipulates them to do his bidding” (Mad Hatter), and a mysterious lady who ““who uses her sexuality to entrap men.”

Gotham has cast a new Poison Ivy, and it’s Maggie Geha (Ted 2) replacing Claire Foley in the role. But don’t worry, the show has a typically Gotham-logic explanation for why the young actress has been replaced with an older one.

According to Variety:

“Following an encounter with a monster from Indian Hill, Ivy Pepper finds herself reborn, and one step closer to the DC villain she is destined to become: Poison Ivy. Now a 19-year-old woman who’s harnessed the full power of her charms, she sets her sights on Bruce Wayne.”

This makes about as much sense as anything this show ever does. 

We’ve got the first photo and description of Gotham‘s version of Mad Hatter/Jervis Tetch (played by The Walking Dead‘s Benedict Samuel), thanks to Entertainment Weekly. Hatter first appears in episode 3 of the new season, and will recur throughout season 3.

The Hatter is “a talented hypnotist teetering on the edge of madness. He arrives in Gotham with an unwavering desire to find his sister, Alice, a young woman who went missing in the city years ago. It is anyone’s guess just how far down the rabbit hole he’s willing to go in order to find her.” Duhn, duhn, duhhhhn. Will we see Hatter’s characteristic mind control madness affect some of our main characters in seaosn 3? Because that could be fun…

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Fox also released a Mad Hatter featurette that’s filled with hints about what Tetch’s arc will look like throughout season three. Ben McKenzie even calls him the “primary villain” for season three. The man behind the part, Benedict Samuel, talks about Tetch’s ability to see the innermost desires of his victims, as well as his characterization as “part child, part psychopath.”

When we first learned of Gotham‘s Mad Hatter — aka Jervis Tetch — we learned that he would be coming to Gotham City in search of his missing sister. Now, the Fox comic book show has cast that sister…

According to Variety, Mexican actress Naian Gonzalez Norvind (Everybody’s Got Somebody… Not Me, the upcoming Rebel in the Rye) will play the recurring role of Alice Tetch, Jervis’ younger sister. Though it might seem sweet that Tetch has come to Gotham to find his little sister, Alice does not want to be found — in fact, she is running from Mad Hatter. 

Alice was born with a powerful ability that she cannot control. While she thinks of the ability as a curse, her brother sees it as a gift — one he presumably hopes to control. Per Variety: “As such, she has spent much of her life alone, running from her brother.” Sounds like a potential character to meet up with street teen Selina Kyle, no? Or perhaps the aged-up Ivy Pepper

Alice will first appear in the third episode of the season.

TV Line reports that Once Upon a Time‘s Jamie Chung has been cast as Valerie Vale, “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.”

So it’s Valerie Vale, not Vicki? At least for now. We’ll see how this one turns out. Here’s a look at Chung as the character…

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Carmine Falcone isn’t around much anymore, but the Falcone crime family bloodline will live on in the form of young Mario Falcone. James Carpinello will play Mario Falcone. 

TV Line describes Mario as someone who has “rejected his family’s criminal ways and made a legitimate life for himself as a well-respected, Ivy League-educated ER doctor. He’s kind, honest and trustworthy, making him the black sheep of the Falcone clan. But — and here’s where the official character description gets interesting — his arrival in Gotham will create major waves in the personal life of Jim Gordon.” In other words, he’s gonna try and bust up the romance between Jim and Dr. Thompkins.

The Mad Hatter has been cast for Gotham season 3. Walking Dead alum Benedict Samuel will play the classic Batman villain, according to TV Line. Mad Hatter, also known as Dr. Jervis Tetch, was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger for Batman #49. FOX describes the character as a brilliant hypnotist on the edge of madness who is searching for his younger sister, Alice, who went missing in Gotham years ago. 

Gotham Season 3 — The Return of the Joker

We just got some more specifics on the return of Jerome, courtesy of TV Guide. The outlet chatted with Gothamexecutive producer Ken Woodruff concerning EP John Stephens’ earlier comments that the proto-Joker would be back.

Woodruff clarified that, while Jerome won’t be back in season 3, the “the mid to second half of” the upcoming season will “delve back into the mythology of the Joker, and characters that may or may not be the Joker — but more likely characters that are an amalgamation of what we’ll come to know as the Joker.”

Woodruff also confirmed that the laugh we heard in the season 2 finale when the Indian Hills patients were escaping was, in fact, Jerome’s, saying…

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[The laugh] was really to keep [the Joker] alive, to keep Jerome and that threat of the Joker alive. We wanted to make sure fans don’t feel that we’re completely done with [the mythology of the Joker] because we are 100 percent, absolutely not.

This is slightly different emphasis than those earlier statements Stephens made to Zap2it, which seemed to confirm that Gotham intends to eventually bring Jerome back. Stephens said: “It is 100% our intention to bring Jerome back. We’re going to be playing it again this year and basically extending the idea of the cult of Jerome. We’re building the architecture for him to come back.”

Stephens added…

You’ll have these underground movements that have started to talk about Jerome and what he represented and how he’s going to come back like in the days of John the Baptist. Setting the stage that if there is a Season 4, hopefully we’ll bring that back in a much bigger way and you’ll see these different versions of the Joker myth.

So, it sounds like Jerome might not be back until at least season 4 of Gotham?Although, given how quickly this show churns through plot, it’s hard to imagine them holding onto any planned plot twist for too long…

We’ll update this post with more information as it becomes available.