'Gotham' Renewed for Fifth and Final Season | Def Pen
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In the midst of what must have felt like a week from hell for many fans of FOX’s cancelled show such as The Mick, Lucifer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Last Man on Earth; fans of the Batman prequel series Gotham can breath a sigh of relief as it has officially been announced that the show will be returning for Season 5.  The news is bitter sweet, however, as it has also been announced that the fifth season will be the shows last.

Many had feared for the fate of Gotham, even before FOX announced its mini-purge earlier this week.   Ratings have shrunk considerably, and no episode has even cracked 3 million viewers since the Season 4 premiere.  However, the show is very popular amongst critics for its talented cast and dark yet energetic plotlines, earning it 92% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.  In the end, however, it appears the reviews won out over the ratings.

As the show’s finale does not air until May 17th, it is unclear where the shows plot will go come Season 5.  Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) has already been toying with vigilantism the past few seasons, yet is still a bit away from becoming Batman.  It is worth noting that when the show was initially picked up by FOX, producers said the show would end the moment Bruce completed his transformation into the Dark Knight.  Their are also still members of Batman’s rogue gallery fans hope to see before the shows conclusion, such as Bane, Deadshot, Deathstroke, Two Face, Killer Croc and Hush.

Their is also the question with who will become the Joker.  While it appears for the moment that Jeremiah (Cameron Monaghan) is set to become the Clown Prince of Crime, that’s what fans also thought about his twin brother Jerome (also Monaghan) before the character fell to his death earlier this season.  Yet anonymity is an integral part of the Joker’s character, and Jeremiah’s mannerisms are closer to Hush than they are to The Joker’s.

Season 5 of Gotham is set to begin in 2019, although no exact date has yet been given.

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