Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Gotham season 5
Gotham continued this week with the second episode of its fifth and final season, "Trespassers," and while some mysteries from last week were developed further, plenty of questions still remain. In last week's premiere, a flashforward scene showed the GCPD, Penguin and Riddler teaming up against an unknown enemy in a 'last stand' style battle for the city of Gotham. The bulk of the episode, however, was set months prior to that event and found the city just beginning its No Man's Land period of lawlessness and chaos.
The GCPD are protecting Gotham's remaining citizens but running dangerously low on supplies - a matter made considerably worse by a surprise attack from Scarecrow. Penguin is the city's main supplier of weapons and ammunition, the Sirens hold most of the food and drink stores and Jerome is nowhere to be seen. After Bruce Wayne managed to organize a supply drop into the city, his helicopter was shot down by an unseen assailant, sparking a fight over the goods within and ultimately resulting in the death of Tabitha at the hands of Penguin.
This week's offering introduced a new batch of enemies, turned Selina Kyle into Catwoman and saw Jim Gordon ally with an old flame to take down some would-be assassins. Here are all the unanswered questions coming out of Gotham's "Trespassers."
- This Page: The Soothsayers, Nygma, and Jim's Promise to Barbara
- Page 2: Catwoman and Mother
Who Are The Soothsayers?
At the end of last week's season 5 premiere, a young child appeared at the Gotham City safe zone requesting that Jim Gordon apprehend a group of kidnappers that had been abducting youngsters. Never one to say refuse a plea for aid, Jim and his small band of loyal GCPD officers ride to the rescue against a group known as the Soothsayers. The episode reveals that these baddies are planning to dig a tunnel from Gotham to the mainland in order to create a supply line that they can exploit. Unfortunately, the group's work ethic doesn't match their ambition, and the Soothsayers have forcefully hired children to excavate the proposed route for them.
In a later scene, many of the group are massacred at the hands of Barbara Kean and, given that the Soothsayers don't seem to have a link to the Batman comics, they could absolutely be a one-episode wonder. Despite their brief tenure on screen however, it's possible that the Soothsayers could hold a larger role in season 5's overall story. During a scene at the gang's digging site, the head Soothsayer explains that the group wear masks that automatically feed energy-boosting smoke into their airways, while also telling one of his captors: "I had such high hopes for you, that one day you would wear the mask."
Both this line and the Soothsayers' mask design hint at a link to a major villain confirmed to appear this season: Bane. The Soothsayer's use of drugged smoke seems remarkably similar to Bane's use of the Venom super- steroid and, in some incarnations of this classic villain, Bane's mask helps administer the chemical - much like those worn by the Soothsayers. It's possible that Bane will be revealed as the group's true leader in a future episode and come for revenge on Jim Gordon, or perhaps Gotham's Bane will simply adopt the Soothsayers' technology for his own purposes.
Is Nygma Trying To Kill Penguin...Again?
One of the biggest mysteries established last week was the ongoing struggle between Edward Nygma and his Riddler persona. While Riddler is currently the dominant personality, Ed has been taking over at night and appears to have some sort of plan in motion. "Trespassers" revealed more about this particular arc and saw Riddler waking up to find a burly biker in his bathtub. Desperate to find out why Ed had captured this thug, Riddler sets about torturing the man and discovers what his alternate self had been up to overnight.
It's heavily suggested that Ed had paid a visit to the headquarters of the Street Demons gang, brutally killed their leader and attempted to frame Penguin for the act. This perhaps isn't surprising as Nygma and Cobblepot have a long, bloody and complicated history with each other and ever since Penguin's romantic feelings were spurned, the pair have tried to hurt each other in a variety of inventive ways.
However, this doesn't explain why Ed is carrying out his anti-Penguin campaign behind Riddler's back. After all, a deep hatred for Penguin is likely the only thing Nygma's two selves have in common. The most likely reason is that Ed is trying to kill two birds with one stone. While he certainly holds plenty of animosity toward Penguin, Ed also hates the supervillain within him and, in trying to provoke Penguin's wrath, he's perhaps attempting to take out both his nemesis and himself.
Will Jim Keep His Promise To Barbara?
When Jim Gordon found himself down to two bullets and caught between a gang of angry Soothsayers and a gang of angry Mad Max fans, it seemed as if Gotham's protagonist had finally met his match. With ten episodes still to go however, this wasn't the case and Jim's ex-girlfriend Barbara Kean rode in on a gun-mounted monster truck to save the day. Never a woman to work for free, Barbara demanded that Jim help her get revenge against Penguin to repay his debt, and Gotham City's hero duly agreed.
However, Jim has always appeared to have a soft spot for Penguin. This can be traced back to the time he tried to bump Oswald off at the orders of Carmine Falcone in Gotham's very first episode, immediately regretting that he had compromised his strong morals. The strange dynamic between Jim Gordon and Penguin has been a recurring theme in Gotham and, only last week, Jim deliberately chose to shoot the gangster in the leg, despite having a clear shot.
Aside from Jim's reluctance to kill Penguin, Gotham confirmed in last week's flash-forward that the two men will be working together at some point this season and, perhaps tellingly, Barbara was nowhere to be seen in that sequence. Jim Gordon prides himself on being both trustworthy and honest, but all signs are pointing to him breaking his latest pact.