Potential spoilers ahead for Gotham seasons 2 and 3.
Gotham season 2 ended with a busload of mutated villains escaping from Arkham, including at least one character (Fish Mooney) who was presumed dead. An off-screen escapee seemed to have the familiar laugh of Jerome Valeska (Cameron Monaghan), the parent-murdering carnival worker who acted like a Brian Bollard-influenced Joker, yet he appeared to die early into season 2. But people involved with the show immediately started hinting he would be back, although they’ve always played an is-he-or-isn’t he game with questions about whether or not Jerome is the Joker, calling him “the beginning of the Joker arc” while saying he only “might” be the Joker himself.
We may be getting a definitive answer soon enough, because Cameron Monaghan has been releasing-then-deleting teaser photos via social media (more on that in a moment) and Fox released a promo for the 12th episode of season 3, titled “Ghosts”, and it seems clear Jerome is coming back. The video shows Gordon stumbling upon a group of cult-like fans watching the video Jerome sent to the media of his siege on the Gotham police headquarters:
Executive producer John Stephens has said there will be “underground movements” who believe Jerome is coming back “like in the days of John the Baptist.” Stephens also said Jerome “plays into the idea of transformation” and will be a “new version.”
Monaghan has confirmed just how new this version is. First he shared then deleted some photos of a makeup test, which showed some Joker-like changes to his face. More recently, he shared then deleted a picture of himself in full costume, with a purple vest and an altered face:
This isn’t necessarily what he’ll look like on the show, but it does get people talking about the next episode of Gotham, which returns Monday, January 16th, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX. See? We’re talking about it right now. He’s such a showman.