Gotham‘s fifth and final season has already revealed some spoilers, but there’s still much we don’t know. Now we finally know the official release date, and with that announcement comes some photos referencing to a Harley Quinn-like character, a video titled “Happy Halloween From Mr. J” (just don’t call him “Joker”), and some good news for anybody wondering if Fox was really going to leave this bonkers show two episodes short of the 100 needed for syndication.
The last season premieres Thursday, January 3rd at 8 pm EST, which is thankfully the same time slot for the series, which had already been moved to a different time slot once before and survived (nobody stays dead on this show, so that’s fitting). Fox has also ordered two more episodes for the final season, bringing the total episodes to an even hundred. We hope those extra episodes are just two solid hours of Shane West hot-gluing his Bane costume together with stuff he bought at a bike shop.
Here’s the Halloween promo, which only has new material at the very end:
The only new parts are a line about “family reunions” voiced by Cameron Monaghan as one of the Joker-like Valeska twins, either Jeremiah or the probably-dead-but-it’s-Gotham-so-who-knows Jerome. He also appears briefly as Jeremiah, licking a bloody straight razor. As one does.
So Jeremiah’s still having a normal one. He also has a girlfriend now, who was described by executive producer John Stephens as “a somewhat deranged girlfriend who dresses in a multi-colored fashion. I wouldn’t describe it as a healthy relationship, but there’s a meeting of minds. She likes rollerskates.” They won’t (can’t) call her “Harley,” just like they technically can’t call Monaghan’s character(s) “Joker,” but they’re having fun toeing that line. The girlfriend is almost certainly Jeremiah’s harlequin-suit wearing bodyguard, Ecco (Francesca Root-Dodson), as she’s the one seen in this photo shared by Monaghan with the caption, “For some people, every day is Halloween.”
A few weeks ago, Root-Dodson shared a photo of herself in white face paint:
All she needs now is those rollerskates. And maybe a giant mallet.
And finally, here’s a tongue-in-cheek set photo shared (then deleted) by Sean Pertwee, who plays Alfred: