The winter finale of Fox’s Gotham is Monday night, and showrunner Bruno Heller says fans can expect Jim Gordon’s path to get even more difficult when the series continues next year.
Fair warning: If you want to know nothing about the narrative facing the show’s protagonist played by Ben McKenzie, quit reading now.
“At a certain point, Gordon says, ‘Screw it. I’m tired of playing it safe and being cautious. I’m going to go full throttle to bring down the corrupt police administration,'” Heller tells EW. “And things start to move fast and furious and urgent. The stakes keep rising. And just when Jim thinks he’s achieved a certain level of success against the powers-that-be, they pull a vicious table-turn on him that will play out in the last episodes of the season in a very big, scary theatrical way.”
Gotham was originally planned as a 16-episode debut season, but Fox was so encouraged by the show’s early ratings that an additional six episodes were ordered (the series is averaging 10 million viewers and a 4.0 rating among adults 18-49, including DVR). Though 22 episodes is standard for crime drama, it’s a tough hill to climb for a show as ambitiously produced and as serialized as Gotham.
“It’s a challenge, but it’s a challenge the writers room and the production can readily rise to,” Heller says. “When you’re network TV you naturally take into account the possibility there might be a larger order. That’s the business you’re in. It’s an audience business. It’s not about us being precious about our art. It’s about delivering a show people want to watch. So we were thrilled they wanted six more — and we’ll get a long sleep afterwards.”
For more, check out Tuesday’s post where Heller gives some scoop on which villains will (and won’t) join the show this season. And check back tomorrow for our full Gotham winter finale Q&A with Heller.