[MILD SPOILERS for Gotham season 2 ahead.]
Gotham TV series creator/showrunner Bruno Heller and his production team are looking to partly re-invent the Batman universe-based crime drama, by incorporating the heavily-marketed "Rise of the Villains" theme into the series for its second season. That story arc will naturally tie in with Robin Lord Taylor's Oswald Cobblepot having become king of the eponymous city's underworld during the Gotham season 1 finale, but the real catalysts behind the unification of Gotham City's most dangerous crooks will be one Theo Galavan (James Frain) and his sister Tabitha a.k.a. Tigress (Jessica Lucas).
Those watching at home won't have to wait long for Gotham season 2's plot machinations to kick into gear, either. A handful of previously-released Gotham season 2 clips - teasing some close encounters between established baddies on the show - have already proven as much, and now we're hearing that the show will start racking up its body count faster than previously expected, too.
TV Guide is reporting that Gotham season 2 will include the death of two "significant" characters during its first few episodes, in order to get the over-arching season narrative started with a bang. One of the deaths is described by the site as simply being "sudden and unexpected," while the other should wind up being a key factor behind the motivation for James Gordon's (Ben McKenzie) actions over the course of the season ahead - according to TV Guide, anyway.
Both deaths appear to be directly connected to the formation of the Maniax, a gang that is composed of former (read: escaped) Arkham Asylum inmates - including the Joker-like young murderer Jerome (Cameron Monaghan) - that is formed by the Galavans, in order to unleash chaos upon the streets and people of Gotham City. The implication is that the Galavans have come to Gotham City with a plan for grabbing as much power as possible, following the deaths of several old Gotham crime family heads in season 1 and Carmine Falcone's (John Doman) decision to retire from his life of crime while he's still in reasonable health (and breathing).
As for Penguin's part in this: Taylor has said that while he will be more dangerous than ever in Gotham season 2, the character too finds himself in the line of fire - learning to appreciate just how heavy the crown really lies - when the Galavans show up in town.
The Gotham City Police Department employee - and the current girlfriend to James Gordon - Dr. Leslie Thompkins (Morena Baccarin) remains perhaps the one central Gotham character in greatest danger of suffering a premature death, even now that Baccarin has been upgraded to series regular status for the show's second season. Of course, Gotham has already proven that it's wiling to play fast and loose with the Batman mythology, so the death that rocks Gordon's world in season 2 could just as well be his ex-turned Arkham inmate Barbara Kean (Erin Richards) as Leslie, or someone else close to Gordon for that matter.
Gordon's love interests (or ex-love interest, in Barbara's case) aren't the only ones in danger, though; he could end up losing an ally in GCPD Captain Sarah Essen (Zabryna Guevara) - be it that she literally dies or she gets knocked down the food chain, when Captain Nathaniel Barnes (Michael Chiklis) arrives in Gotham City. Whether or not these teased deaths have as profound an impact on Gotham's quality as a TV show (and how fans respond to its re-imagining of pre-Batman Gotham City mythos) as it does the series' characters, though, that's another matter altogether...
Gotham season 2 will premiere with "Damned If You Do" on Monday, September 21st on FOX.
Source: TV Guide