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Gotham is finally returning to the airwaves for Season 4, and it's already easy to tell that we're in for as many crazy plot twists as ever moving forward. The Season 3 finale ended without resolving the stories of many of the characters, and we've been waiting months to see what happens next. The end of the third season introduced legendary Batman bad guy Ra's al Ghul. We didn't see too much of him, as he remained in the shadows for a lot of his manipulation of Bruce Wayne. Luckily, we'll be getting a lot more of him in Season 4. When asked if Gotham's Ra's will be the most dastardly version of the character to date, David Mazouz, who plays young Bruce, had this to say:

Yes, absolutely. I would say this is the most evil Ra's al Ghul. This is the Ra's al Ghul that will do awful, awful, very, very controversial things that I'm surprised they're letting us do on national television.

Well, that bodes well for fans who were hoping to see Ra's al Ghul get really bad in Season 4! It bodes less well for Bruce and the people of Gotham City, but it should be exciting for us to watch. Gotham certainly isn't the first project to deliver a live-action Ra's al Ghul, as Liam Neeson tackled the role for Batman Begins and Matt Nable brought him to life on Arrow. Going by David Mazouz's comments, Alexander Siddig as Ra's al Ghul will go farther than either Batman Begins or Arrow did.

David Mazouz was evidently taken aback by some of what Gotham is getting to do with Ra's al Ghul in Season 4. As Gotham airs on Fox in an 8 p.m. time slot, there are of course limits to how dark and violent the show can get, but we've seen some spectacularly gruesome deaths over the years so far. The death of Alice Tetch alone was pretty dark for network TV. It should be interesting to see how far Gotham goes with Ra's al Ghul that so surprised David Mazouz.

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David Mazouz also revealed in his chat with Rotten Tomatoes that Ra's al Ghul will be Bruce's biggest villain in Season 4, and Bruce will face a fair amount of mental torment from Ra's, even as he takes on his role as proto-Dark Knight on the streets of Gotham. Ra's won't necessarily only have a part to play in premieres and finales, as might be expected of a big bad. Bruce will have to deal with him throughout the season. It's not clear just yet if Jim Gordon will have any encounters with Ra's or if Ra's will be strictly on Bruce's radar, so we'll have to wait and see how it goes.

Thankfully, we don't have to wait any longer for Gotham to finally return to the airwaves. New episodes air on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in Gotham news, and be sure to check out our breakdown of 6 big things to expect from Gotham Season 4. Our fall TV premiere guide can help you plan the rest of your viewing lineup.