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Two Gotham Characters That Are Getting Way Darker

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Fox's Gotham went on a hiatus in the middle of Season 3 that lasted for several months, and fans had to wait a long time to check back in with the best and baddest that Gotham City has to offer. Now, executive producer John Stephens has revealed that two of the original good guys will be taking a dark turn by the end of the season: Jim Gordon and Lee Thompkins. Stephens said this about what's in store for Jim and Lee:

[They will be] much darker, more dangerous, almost evil versions of themselves.

The winter finale back in January ended with both Jim and Lee in pretty uncertain states, so John Stephens' tease to TVLine promises some serious payoff. By the end of the first half of Season 3, Lee had reacted rather violently to the death of her husband, Mario, and for a pretty good reason. Jim killed him on their wedding day, splattering her with Mario's blood and destroying her hopes and dreams for the future. Although she did come to accept that Mario would have gone mad due to the effects of Alice Tetch's blood, she's still dangerously close to Carmine Falcone.

For his part, Jim is running dangerously low on allies, and it's beginning to affect his state of mind. The reappearance of his uncle in the winter finale came at a time when Jim was seriously susceptible to outside influence; given his shady uncle's connections to the Court of Owls, we can bet that Jim will be pulled toward the darkness throughout the second half of the season.

The trailer for what's to come in the rest of the season certainly points to plenty of turmoil for both of them. The entire show looks to be darker and more dangerous than ever before; I'm curious to see if there's one inciting event that pushes Jim and Lee into "almost evil" territory or if it's a steady build over the remaining episodes. Either way, they won't be the only characters going through some major changes. The Riddler is emerging in all his green glory, Selina will continue her transformation from petty thief to Catwoman, and Bruce will get a crash course in combat courtesy of Ra's al Ghul.

Basically, we should probably prepare ourselves for plenty of darkness in the rest of Season 3. Gotham has never exactly been the lightest show on primetime, but there's always been plenty of oddball goofiness to bring a few laughs. We'll have to wait and see if we'll still get some of the sillier hijinks or if Gotham is going full-on sinister.

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Laura Hurley

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