G o r d o n ’ s a l e r t
putting Falcone in retirement, Gordon now realises he must edge towards partner Harvey Bullock’s roughhouse, morally compromised style of policing to get anything done in the city. It begins a journey into darkness for Gordon, Stephens explains.
“Our ethos this season is that we take the spectrum from light to dark. We want to see how far we can push everybody into the darkness and still bring them out. And then see who stays in the darkness. There’s Barbara, for example, who went from a law- abiding member of society last year to a psychotic villainess this year where she’s wildly homicidal. Watching people make those switches is fascinating. With Gordon, I think you can take him pretty dark because at the end of the day he will always be a hero. All of his choices are for the good of the city. They are never self- serving, unlike a villain. You know his intention is a good one – which is often how things frequently become disastrous.” So who will be key in dragging Gordon to a dark place? Stephens tells us it’s actually a “big soup” of enablers. “Barbara has a big impact on him. And the choices and deals he makes with Cobblepot at the beginning of the year also make an incredible impact and are a tidal pull. Theo Galavan and Gordon also make deals with one another and those pull him under. And then the desire to protect the people that he cares about – Bruce, Thompkins and Bullock – also forces him into the darkness.”
Initially Gordon will have a new advocate for justice in the form of Captain Nathaniel Barnes, played by The Shield’s Michael Chiklis. “He comes in as a new force in the GCPD,” Stephens reveals. “Barnes is this tough ex- soldier who Gordon has a lot of sympathy and affinity with. But as Gordon goes down this dark road, Barnes will at first be his ally and then question his choices. They will be at loggerheads and come into conflict with one another. It’s great because Chiklis brings a lot of presence and weight to the role.”
Also stepping up will be the young Bruce Wayne. Stephens reveals the future Dark Knight will be more proactive in moving towards his destiny – and not only because he now has access to his father’s secret cave. “He is much more active than he was last year. Part of it is that David is a half foot taller and we’re literally seeing him becoming a man so we are writing to that as well. But we are always reminding
We want to see how far we can push everybody into the darkness
With all that villainy, Oswald Cobblepot needs a sit- down.
Barbara ( Erin Richards): likes elbowing text.