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Gotham City is a dark place. In FOX's hit show Gotham, the mayhem and heartache never seem to stop, as the City falls deeper and deeper into madness. And with all the chaos and crime constantly interrupting daily life, one has to think: why don't they all just leave, already? This seems like a particularly poignant question for Dr. Leslie Thompkins, as she recently lost her new husband and can barely be in the same room as Jim Gordon. So what's keeping her in the city?
Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with actress Morena Baccarin about just that. At the Gotham press event in New York City, I asked Baccarin what kept her character in the city limits, and her answer was surprisingly dark.
Right now it's revenge. And trying to figure out how to put it together. She got taken under by Falcone a little bit and then she realized that's not the way to go. I think she said 'fuck it' a little bit. And she's like 'I got this job, I'm working it out' and she's just trying to figure out what to do. And I think what ends up happening at the end of this season is inevitable. And she needs to go there in order to get herself out of this funk. I can't tell you what it is, but it's going to be great.
Well, I didn't see this coming. While Thompkins surely seemed less than happy lately, I didn't think that the character would descend quite so dramatically through the rest of Season 3.
That being said, it looks like Leslie is going to go down a dark road when Gotham return to FOX. Her loathing of Jim Gordon for killing her husband will only continue to burn stronger, and she's apparently out for revenge. This is quite the change for an otherwise very passive and moral character. But the dark side of Gotham seems to corrupt just about everyone, including the GCPD's medical examiner.
Leslie Thompkins' descent into darkness is made even more interesting considering her former love triangle with Barbara and Jim. At the time, she and Barbara seemed like total opposites; Barbara was going batshit crazy and Leslie was the normal stable force in Gordon's life. But if Leslie is letting revenge motivate her actions, perhaps she has more in common with Barbara Kean than she could have anticipated.
As for what exactly Thompkins will do toward the end of Season 3, it's anyone's guess. Gotham has never beens shy about embracing the more ridiculous or comic book-ish evil plots, so I'm hoping for something big. We'll just have to wait and see.