While the latest season of Gotham has pushed the city even closer to the brink, it's managed to keep a focus on the personal struggles of its core cast.
Oswald Cobblepot and Edward Nygma pulled and pushed each other away, engulfing Gotham City in their war. Jim Gordon's quest for vengeance has driven him into the fold of an insidious secret society. And Bruce Wayne has been guided in his journey by a manipulative and callous leader called the Shaman.
While the show has always kept focus on the city at large, especially Gordon, Gotham is largely Bruce's story, chronicling his journey toward becoming the legendary Caped Crusader. Being trained by the Shaman to become a combatant is but one small step, and the subtle influences are sure to drive a wedge between him and his mentor Alfred Pennyworth, played by Sean Pertwee.
"There will be a major, major conflict between the two, but Alfred is Alfred," Mazouz said. "He is Bruce's rock; he is the moral anchor in Bruce's life. He will always be the person that Bruce can always turn to to understand who he is and to get back on the right track. And Alfred will play a very crucially instrumental role, in that Alfred will never waver from that. I think it largely will be Alfred who leads Bruce back to the good side, if you will."
It looks like Gotham is laying the foundation for the Batman mythos to take a traditional take on the character's dynamic with his butler. Alfred exists to be Bruce's moral support system, instilling in him the values that make him the person he is.
But that will all come in the wake of Bruce's return to Gotham City, where he seems to be changed and under the Shaman's thrall. The actor hinted that Alfred's own actions could help bring Bruce back from the brink and establish the code that defines the character in his crimefighting days.
"The amazing thing about Alfred, which you'll really get to see toward the end of the season, is his incredible devotion to Bruce," Mazouz said. "You've seen it already, but he is willing to give so much more than I ever imagined for Bruce's well-being. So he is willing to give everything. He has devoted his life to Bruce and his devotion is something that plays a major role later on. It's something that's truly incredible."
We'll learn more when Gotham's season finale airs this Monday at 8p ET on FOX.
Gotham Season 3 concludes next week with the two-part finale "Heroes Rise: Destiny Calling" and "Heroes Rise: Heavydirtysoul." In the finale, "with the deadly virus spreading throughout the city, the search for the antidote continues, as Fish Mooney (guest star Jada Pinkett Smith), The Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. Bruce meets Ra's Al Ghul (guest star Alexander Siddig) and completes his last task in order to fulfill his destiny, but realizes he can't let go of his past. Meanwhile, Gordon tries to win back Lee, and past alliances within Gotham City are broken, while new alliances are formed."
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