I visited the set of Gotham last month on a very busy, overlapping day where production was running for two separate episodes. I’ll have more on those specific episodes, along with insight from the stars about those stories, closer to when those chapters air. But for now let’s talk Monday’s season premiere, “Damned if You Do…”
When we last saw Bruce and Alfred, they’d discovered a hidden passageway in Wayne Manor’s den. One likely filled with secrets procured by Thomas Wayne. So where will we find Master Wayne and his trusty butler as Season 2 begins? “They’re aligned in the sense that they both don’t know what’s going on and they’re confused,” star David Mazouz told me. “But they’re not totally aligned once they actually find out what’s going on and they need to choose how to proceed. That’s sort of where they disagree.”
“And there was a tension building up between them all last year, with them butting heads, and that tension will get bigger in Season 2, at the beginning,” Mazouz added. “But once they get past it you’ll really see them work as a team. And then Alfred will really take on the role of Bruce’s mentor.”
Meanwhile, Ben McKenzie’s Jim Gordon will continue to pay visits to Bruce, with their relationship growing stronger and friendlier. And we’ll see “why Bruce chooses Gordon later on when he’s Batman to be his inside man at the GCPD.” Likewise, Chris Chalk’s Lucius Fox – introduced at the end of Season 1 – will continue to contribute to “Operation: Good Guys,” as Mazouz labeled the plight. “Along with Bruce and Alfred, it’s really going to be the three of them,” he said.
So where does this leave Camren Bicondova’s Selina Kyle? In the Season 1 finale, it looked like she’d found a comfortable home among Fish’s crew. But that wound up being rather short-lived. And it’s not like she can exactly go back and crash at Barbara’s pad, right? “No, she hasn’t seen Barbara in a while because Barbara’s gone a little cuckoo,” Bicondova laughed. “Barbara has to deal with her own issues for a while. So Selina has a new place. I can’t give away what it is, but she’s got a new hang out.”
“Selina’s found a new group of people to be a part of,” she continued. “She’s obviously sad about Fish because that was the first time she had a female role model, but she’s figuring it out. She always finds a way. She’s a teenage girl so she wants to fit in some place, but not necessarily with a surrogate family. And that’s what we get to see within this season. Her trying to figure out whether or not she fits with the evil side or the good side. Because she knows the difference between right and wrong, she just has a strong survival instinct and that makes her have a different perspective than most other people.”
As for Jim Gordon? Well, Selina may not be on the best terms with him after almost allowing him to die at the hands of Fish and Maroni. “She respects Gordon for wanting to change Gotham and wanting to do the right thing,” Bicondova revealed, “but then she also realizes she can use him whenever she wants. She can manipulate him however she wants to. She also doesn’t trust him fully because he’s a cop, so it’s very interesting, that relationship.”