[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Gotham season 3 ahead.]
The subtitle for the first half of Gotham season 3 is Mad City and so far that appears to be the unifying through-line for this season of the show; its setting is only going to grow more dangerous (and weirder) until the day in in the distant (?) future when Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) is ready to don the cape and cowl. With Gotham City now doing so poorly that Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) has a legitimate shot at becoming its mayor and its street filling up with everything from the escaped denizens of Indian Hill to a suddenly aged-up Ivy (Maggie Geha) and even a Bruce Wayne doppelgänger who is apparently immune to pain, it’s only fitting that a somewhat-literally mad supervillian has made their way to Gotham too.
That would be Jervis Tetch a.k.a. the Mad Hatter (Benedict Samuel), who made his Gotham debut with the season 3 episode ‘Look Into My Eyes’. The above video features footage from that episode – including scenes where the Mad Hatter hypnotizes our hero Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and nearly gets the distraught ex-cop to take his own life – but also offers a sneak peek at the next episode on this season of Gotham, titled ‘New Day Rising’.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from this Mad Hatter video (which debuted exclusively over at CBR) is that it offers a first look at the villain’s minions on the show, in the form of fellow Alice in Wonderland-themed baddies Tweedledum and Tweedledee, a.k.a. the Tweedle Brothers. We also get a glimpse here at Jervis’ sister Alice (Naian Gonzalez Norvind), having finally been captured by her brother and now dressed in the classic blue-and-white outfit commonly associated with Lewis Carroll’s Alice.
As the above video illustrates, the Mad Hatter’s interests in Alice are (unsurprisingly) not-so-noble as he previously suggested they were to Gordon; before he decided to try and kill the latter, that is. It’s not altogether clear what Jervis intends to do with his sister’s infected blood once he captures her, nor what “master plan” the Gotham iteration of the Batman supervillain has devised. Mind games and/or mental manipulation have typically been this character’s modus operandi and that remains true on Gotham, as the above video shows Gordon struggling now the the Mad Hatter has gotten inside his mind (with Alice not so encouragingly telling Jim that he’s now “doomed”). Again though, it’s not clear if Jervis has a larger plan in mind for Gotham City too.
McKenzie refers to Mad Hatter as a “primary” villain on Gotham season 3, suggesting that he will be hanging around for multiple episodes this season on the show and serve as something of a central antagonist for the time being. With Penguin having now freed Edward Nygma (Corey Michael Smith) from Arkham Asylum and setting in motion his political machinations, he may serve a role in the larger storyline this season similar to what Theo Galavan did back in the first half of Gotham season 2. That would allow Mad Hatter to slip in and take Hugo Strange’s (BD Wong) old spot as Gotham City’s resident mad scientist, what with the latter now off somewhere else under Fish Mooney’s (Jada Pinkett Smith) supervision.
And on that note, you can check out a promo for the next episode of Gotham, below:
Gotham continues next Monday with ‘Mad City: New Day Rising’ @8pm on FOX.