[SPOILERS for those not caught up on Gotham ahead.]

Gotham very much embraced its own madness in season 2, in particular during its second half a.k.a. the “Wrath of the Villains” storyline. It was during those episodes that viewers were introduced to the show’s version of Hugo Strange (BD Wong), the well-known DC Comics villain who, in the world of Gotham, is as devoted as ever to stirring the pot in Gotham City. And by that, we mean Strange spent last season either creating new supervillains (Nathan Darrow’s Mr. Freeze), resurrecting deceased ones (Jada Pinkett Smith’s Fish Mooney) and/or taking steps to make already-unstable baddies even more unstable (Robin Lord Taylor’s Penguin).

Everyone answers to somebody else though, and in Gotham season 3 we will properly meet Strange’s masters: The Court of Owls. The mysterious organization has long manipulated events in Gotham City from the shadows, as was revealed in the show’s season 2 finale. Seeing as that includes the death of Bruce Wayne’s (David Mazouz) parents, it’s to be expected that the Court of Owls’ machinations will be the focus of both the Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) and Bruce Wayne story threads in Gotham season 3.

That being said, there’s a lot more going on in Gotham than just that, as FOX’s official synopsis for season 3 teases:

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).

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Equally intriguing is perhaps the following segment from the Gotham season 3 synopsis, touching upon the new villains who show up in Gotham City this season – including, an older version of Poison Ivy (as previously reported):

The series also will catch up with the future POISON IVY (Maggie Geha), who, after an encounter with a monster from Indian Hill, finds herself reborn as a young woman who’s harnessed the full power of her charms; and will dive into the origin stories of JERVIS TETCH/MAD HATTER (Benedict Samuel), a talented hypnotist teetering on the edge of madness; and the TWEED BROTHERS.

The storytelling logic behind having Poison Ivy/Ivy Pepper being “reborn” as a young woman in Gotham season 3 (after she was portrayed as a child by Clare Foley in seasons 1 and 2) has yet to be explained in full, though at least we now know the plot device that spurs her transformation.

Beyond that, it sounds as though the Tweed Brothers will be the next major role(s) to cast for the new season of Gotham. That pair of siblings resemble Alice in Wonderland‘s Tweedledum and Tweedledee and, in comic book iterations such as DC’s New 52 run, have served as “the muscle” for Jervis Tech’s Mad Hatter. It appears that will also be the case on the Gotham TV show too, based on the synopsis and previous comments made by Gotham executive producer John Stephens.

In other words: if you’re a fan of Gotham‘s brand of madness (and at this point, there’s little reason to still be watching the show unless you are), don’t worry – there’s plenty more of that (and supervillains) to come in season 3.

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Gotham season 3 premieres September 19th, 2016 on FOX.

Source: FOX [via CBR]