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Gotham came out of the gate hardcore in Season 1, piling characters on top of characters haphazardly before finding its groove (while still ushering new faces in). One of those early faces was Ivy Pepper, who would eventually grow into the villainous seductress Poison Ivy, but that wasn't going to happen anytime soon with young actress Clare Foley in the role. The solution? Recast and bring in Maggie Geha for Season 3. And from the first shot of her in character, I think everyone has made all the right decisions.
Of course, maybe I'm being swayed to be encouraging about this picture because of some...outside influence. Which would explain the lipstick on the glass that I'm drinking from. (faints)
Or maybe it's because Maggie Geha, who shared the image on Twitter, looks amazingly beautiful in her (of course it is) green dress, and much more suited to cause havoc for others with her looks and her guile. It's also a lot easier to imagine someone turning into an eco-terrorist of sorts when they're not a street urchin who didn't hang around plants much. Not that this new Ivy Pepper will be well-versed in anything but weirdness, given it's Gotham. But still.
When we get to meet this new, taller version of Ivy, it will be the result of the younger girl getting into some kind of altercation with one of Hugo Strange's escaped monsters. Place your bets on what kind of creature could spin her ahead in time like that. Years. Calendars. Time Machines.
When compared to the other two live-action Poison Ivy actresses, Gotham's Maggie Geha is right down the middle. Lovely and devious, even without moving, but also classier than either the sorta-homeless get-up of young Ivy or the Schumacher-pizzazz of Uma Thurman. I hope that her transmutated existence in Season 3 doesn't mean her presence is going to be short-lived. And not just because she's purdy, since Gotham is largely asexual, even when Jim is making out with people. Especially then.
Season 3 of Gotham will once again go berserk with the villains, as Strange's bus-o-monsters has been unleashed on Gotham City, as Jim Gordon is likely nowhere to be seen for a short while. We'll get to meet new characters like Mario Falcone and Valerie Vale, as well as other villains like the Mad Hatter. And don't forget about Fish Mooney and Penguin getting back into it. Along with the other 475 characters.
Gotham will return to Fox for Season 3 on Monday, September 19, at 8:00 p.m. ET. To see when everything else is coming to the small screen later this year, check out our fall premiere schedule.