The Crazy Way Gotham May Be Handling The Joker's Actual Introduction

_Spoilers below for Gotham's "Pieces of a Broken Mirror" are below, so do watch before reading on. _

Now that Gotham has finally returned for the back half of Season 4, fans are THIS close to fully reconnecting with Cameron Monaghan's darkly beloved maniac Jerome, who will become quite familiar with Oswald "Penguin" Cobblepot within the walls of Arkham Asylum. It was firmly confirmed relatively recently that Jerome will definitely not serve as Gotham's version of The Joker, and it's been teased that the big Joker reveal will be one of the craziest moments Gotham has ever delivered. It now appears we have a clue how it might happen, too: dual roles for Cameron Monaghan.

Gotham star Morena Baccarin, whose Lee Thompkins has been more villainous lately, revealed this potentially game-changing twist when speaking with Bustle, though her direct quotes unfortunately weren't shared. She seemingly dropped that info-bomb by claiming Cameron Monaghan will be playing another wholly new character in Season 4, and that this character will be someone within Jerome's family. No clue if that means the Valeksa clan or whatever other family tree branches he's got, but if this new character does indeed end up becoming the Clown Prince of Crime, I seriously doubt we'll learn anything too concrete about his past and his youth.

Before we get into any lineage theories, though, let's first consider the biggest ramification here: our collective disappointment over Jerome not being The Joker might have all been for naught, since there's a more-than-slight chance that Cameron Monaghan could still be the actor portraying the delightfully manic villain. There's no real proof of that yet, of course, but giving the actor double the duties in Season 4 is an easy and brilliant way to build on Monaghan's haunting abilities to bring his villainous persona alive, while also paying tribute to The Joker's non-solidified origins.

Now, we did get to see how Jerome's wrath of madness started back in Season 1, so being a psychotic killer just might run in the family. But where in the family? The easiest and most TV-ready option here would be for Cameron Monaghan to take on a role as a twin brother (maybe separated at birth), which would require little more than turning his hair green and removing Jerome's particular scars; he'll probably have some of his own unique facial features. But Gotham might go in more unpredictable directions here to play up Monaghan's acting chops, and to potentially shatter the glass ceiling for how fucked up its Joker will be.

And wait just a minute here...Gotham's March 15 episode is titled "Reunion." Does that mean we'll get to see this grand introduction sooner than we'd have expected? Or will that refer more to Ed reconnecting with his Riddler persona that's currently engaging in black-ops missions without Ed's consent?

Gotham is all-new every Thursday night on Fox at 8:00 p.m., and we're hoping for the eventual meet-up of a lifetime. While waiting, check out what other Gotham character will become more like his comic iteration, and then head to our 2018 Superhero TV schedule and our midseason premiere schedule to see what new and returning shows are on the way.

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