Gotham‘s final season premieres on January 3rd, and FOX has been teasing this season’s “No Man’s Land” arc with numerous videos and interviews. Now they’ve also released three more of the (perhaps spoiler-ish) episode titles and an “inside look” video (above), in which some of the lead actors talk about the storylines that will be wrapping up this season. They also explain why Selina Kyle (future Catwoman) has literal cat eyes in a previous video; the same “transformation” that cures her paralysis has some side effects.
Several villains make an appearance in the video, but there are a couple of villains we’re never going to see on Gotham. Showrunner John Stephens revealed earlier this year that there were two villains he wanted to use but never got a chance to fit into the storylines they’re juggling. He told Comic Book that Ventriloquist was “the big one that we didn’t do,” and there was one more that didn’t work out. “I’ve been trying to get Condiment King in for five years, but every time I pitch Condiment King, people are like, ‘we’re not going to be doing Condiment King.'” [Editorial note: those people were wrong and just can’t handle so much flavor.]
Here’s the fifth season’s official synopsis and the episode titles we know so far, with the newly-announced titles in bold:
With Gotham on the brink of total anarchy and cut off from the outside world, only Jim Gordon, Bruce Wayne and a handful of heroes remain behind to retake the city. Inspired by the “No Man’s Land” arc from the comics, villains including Penguin, the Riddler, the Sirens and Jeremiah have taken claim on various regions of the city. Will order be restored, or will chaos reign in Gotham?
- Gotham Season 5, Episode 1 — “Year Zero”
- Gotham Season 5, Episode 2 — “Trespassers”
- Gotham Season 5, Episode 3 — “Penguin, Our Hero”
- Gotham Season 5, Episode 4 — “Ruin”
- Gotham Season 5, Episode 5 — “Pena Dura”
- Gotham Season 5, Episode 6 — “The Air is Getting Slippery”
- Gotham Season 5, Episode 7 — “Ace Chemicals”
- Gotham Season 5, Episode 8 — “I Am Bane”
- Gotham Season 5, Episode 9 — “They Did What?”
- Gotham Season 5, Episode 10 — TBA
- Gotham Season 5, Episode 11 — TBA
- Gotham Season 5, Episode 12 — “The Trial of Jim Gordon”
Those new titles are somewhat self explanatory. We already knew about Bane, and Jim Gordon is going to have to answer for leading the Gotham PD in defying military orders during the Season 4 finale. As for episode 9, the phrase “They did what?” could refer to what anybody would say to you if you tried to describe the plot to any episode of Gotham. You know what? It wouldn’t even surprise us if that’s what it is — just a meta episode where they show old scenes in flashback, with a laugh track added like it’s a sitcom clip show. Stranger things have happened in Gotham.