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I Have Seen the Trailer for Gotham‘s Series Finale and I Have so Many Questions

Mainly, why did everyone age except for Jim Gordon?

How do you solve a problem like Gotham? You can’t. It is an enigma worthy of the Riddler himself: a show that is simultaneously self-serious and absurdly campy, with characters who change personalities and motivations at the drop of a Batarang. A show that has burned through more villains than Batman has ever faced. A show with a seemingly unending supply of Valeskas. And a show where Jim Gordon never smiles. EVER.

And now, after five improbable seasons, the show is coming to an end on Thursday, April 25th. And with it ends one of the more ridiculous chapters in the endless Batman saga.

But you have to give the series a little credit. After all, it’s nearly impossible to sustain any sort of suspense when you know that baby Bruce Wayne is never in any real mortal danger. And the same goes for the rogues gallery that must survive until he reaches bat-adulthood. Yet despite this, Gotham has managed to deliver some delightful performances, thanks to Robin Lord Taylor and Cory Michael Smith’s turns as the Penguin and the Riddler, respectively.

Gotham has also delivered on some damn fun stunt casting, including Paul Reubens as the Penguin’s father and Jaime Murray as Nyssa al Ghul. And you have to respect the sheer commitment to all the nonsense Gotham throws at its viewers. This is the show that made Jada Pinkett-Smith play a character named Fish Mooney, and if that weren’t enough, we saw her carve out her own eyeball with a damn spoon. I’d like to see someone on The Gifted pull that shit off (actually, I never need to see anybody do that ever again).

The synopsis of the finale reads: “The series flash-forwards 10 years into the future, as Bruce is set to return to Gotham for the opening of the new Wayne Tower. A series of crimes leads Gordon to believe Penguin and The Riddler are up to their old tricks. However, when Bullock is framed for a murder, Gordon begins to piece together an even more sinister plot targeting the city, and a new figure emerges from the shadows to be the hero Gotham desperately needs in the all-new ‘The Beginning…’ series finale episode of Gotham.”

The trailer shows us glimpses of a now grown up Bruce Wayne returning to Gotham as the Batman. We also catch glimpses of the first episodes of Gotham, the murder of Bruce’s parents, and Gordon showing mercy on the Penguin. Cobblepot, having spent ten years in Blackgate, has been released. There’s plenty of fan service in the trailer, with both Penguin and the Riddler donning their iconic costumes and Jeremiah Valeska fully embracing his Joker-ness.

The trailer includes our first look at grown-up Selina/Catwoman, now played by Lili Simmons. And while most of Gotham’s residents seem to have aged, Gordon remains exactly the same. Come on guys, not even a mustache? If anyone would be aged by years of service to the city of Gotham, it should be Gordon.

Whelp, what did you think of the finale trailer? Will you be tuning in for the final Gotham episode?

(via The Wrap, image: FOX)

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