Gotham wraps up season 3 next week with a two-hour finale that will bring the conflict between Bruce, the Villains and the Court of Owls to a head. This season’s big bad, the mysterious Court of Owls aren’t just facing off against Bruce (David Mazouz) and the GCPD, but against the armies of villains that have risen over the course of this season. The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) and Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) have been on a roller-coaster ride of love and betrayal this season, but recent episodes have seen them teaming up against the Court of Owls.
Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith) has crawled back out of the woodwork, the various ‘freaks’ created at Indian Hill are being mobilized by Penguin and Poison Ivy (Maggie Geha), and just to make the finale even more interesting, it seems that injecting themselves with the Tetch virus is the new thing to do in Gotham. On top of all that, the League of Shadows has done some Bruce-brainwashing, and now the young Batman-to-be is back in Gotham, in addition to the clone-version of Bruce (who is left desperate by the knowledge that he’s dying). It’s a lot to pack in to a finale, even a two-hour one, and the new trailer teases lots still to come.
The trailer starts with a voiceover by Bruce, telling the viewer that the Court of Owls only “paved the way for the one who is to come.” Then, the trailer cuts together a series of quick scenes, showcasing the various villains who are going to be duking it out — from Fish Mooney with her ‘freaks’ on either side, to a black-eyed Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), to Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) with a whip. The trailer ends with a shot of Bruce Wayne on a rooftop, as a new voice says “Join me, fulfill your destiny.”
The trailer is very clearly leading toward the introduction of Ra’s al Ghul, who has been in the works for some time, and will presumably be a big part of the season finale. It will also make comic fans happy, as it brings the show ever closer to the Batman that exists in the pages of the comics, especially with that amazing shot of him looking out over the city from a rooftop. He may not be in a cape just yet, but that long coat gets him halfway there. Selina’s moment with her whip is also a clear call-out to the comic inspiration for the character.
There are a lot of questions to be answered in the final two episodes, and not all of them are included here. What’s going on with clone-Bruce? Where will Penguin and Riddler fit in to all this? How is the Tetch virus going to be cured (as it obviously will be, now that Gordon is infected)? Thankfully, there is only a week to go until fans find out.
Gotham season 3 concludes with ‘Destiny Calling’ and ‘Heavydirtysoul’ on Monday, June 5.