How Gotham's Penguin Will Change After Being Shot

Gotham Oswald Cobblepot

If you've been following along with Gotham this season or at least heavily traffic Tumblr, then you know that one of the highlights of the season has been the surprising relationship between Oswald Cobblepot and Edward Nygma. Deviating from comics tradition, there's a little something brewing between these two -- or at least there is on Oswald's part; Ed doesn't really reciprocate those feelings after Oswald killed his girlfriend. When we last saw the two, Ed shot Oswald and left him for dead in the Gotham Bay. Apparently getting shot won't exactly make Oswald want to be a better person.

It's going to say, 'They didn't work out,' and it's going to turn him quite hard in the opposite direction. We really saw a softer side of Oswald through a lot of this year. The Oswald who rises again is going to be someone who is much darker and much more vicious. He's not letting anyone inside the way he did with Ed, in a way that he feels makes him weak.

Season 3 of Gotham saw Oswald Cobblepott (The Penguin) and Edward Nygma (The Riddler) strike up a bromance that gradually looked like it would ditch the "b" for a full-on romance. However, the feelings seemed to be one-sided on Oswald's part as Ed found a girlfriend in Isabella. Long story short, Oswald cut her brake lines and she got hit by a moving train, but even in Gotham City killing someone's girlfriend doesn't make them want to date you. Ed eventually found out, which led to a confrontation at Gotham Harbor, the No. 1 spot in town for shooting people and leaving them for dead. The Penguin is, of course, not dead, and getting shot didn't do him any favors. As Gotham executive producer John Stephens told TV Guide, Oswald is pretty clear on where he and Ed stand.

One of the big selling points of Gotham has been seeing the rise of several key comic book characters like Jim Gordon, The Penguin, and, yes, Batman. We've seen Oswald go from Fish Mooney's umbrella boy to the king of Gotham's underworld, and he didn't get there by using positive emotions. Finally learning to let someone in, only for that very person to almost kill him, has taught Oswald a hard lesson: never ever trust anyone. Whether he and Ed will one day bury the hatchet is unclear, but with these two approaching supervillain status, that day seems highly unlikely.

Gotham comes back this week to finish out the rest of Season 3. Not only will we see the return of Hugo Strange, but the Court of Owls is going to seriously step up its game. Plus, Ra's Al Ghul will be making his debut on the show and there's still that Bruce Wayne lookalike running around. Gotham returns Monday, April 24 on Fox.

Matt Wood

Matt has lived in New Jersey his entire life, but commutes every day to New York City. He graduated from Rowan University and loves Marvel, Nintendo, and going on long hikes and then greatly wishing he was back indoors. Matt has been covering the entertainment industry for over two years and will fight to his dying breath that Hulk and Black Widow make a good couple.