Picking up a few months after the spread of the Tetch Virus, Gotham is on the mend in season 4 — at least in some ways. “The virus has been quelled,” showrunner John Stephens says. “But there are whole new problems.”
One of those problems comes in the form of a new friendship between Solomon Grundy (formerly Butch) and Ed Nygma, who does get out of that block of ice. “He gets out but not without some damage,” Stephens says. “He’s not quite the man he used to be. He has to work his way back to his former self.”
Then there’s Selina, who has teamed up with Tabitha and Barbara to form what Stephens calls a “little family.” According to Stephens, “They both function as almost a mother or mentor figure for Selina, both teaching her different elements that will become part of the Catwoman psyche.”
All that being said, as far as Jim Gordon is concerned, the biggest issue is the fact that Penguin is the most powerful man in the city. “Gordon feels even more isolated than he’s been before because the will to fight this system is non-existent in Gotham,” Ben McKenzie says. “The rest of the city has given over. The citizens of Gotham aren’t in the mood to fight back, so Gordon’s a man alone on an island.” That loneliness will lead him to make some questionable alliances, including one with Carmine Falcone’s daughter, Sofia (played by Crystal Reed). “An unlikely alliance is formed to take down Penguin,” McKenzie says. “But once you’re in bed with a gangster, you’re in bed with a gangster.”
And that’s not just a metaphor.
Gotham airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.