Cliffhangers were not something I was expecting Gotham to pull out of its hat, to be honest with you. Not midway through a series. Certainly not like last week’s.
No spoilers above the line, but to say that it took my by surprise doesn’t really reveal anything. A while back Jeremy Tolbert, a writer friend of mine, suggested that if Gotham wanted to be really bold, it might close out its first season with the death of young Bruce Wayne, splitting itself off into an alternate reality in which Batman could never have existed.
That is, obviously, the one-stop train to cancel-town. But it does raise an interesting question: how much can Gotham tread on Batman-lore in its efforts to beat its own path? It has already done so around the edges — not so that anyone would really notice, but some of the fans are unhappy.
But if one of the major criticisms of the idea of Gotham has been that its destination is predetermined, then the antidote to that particular poison is surely to embrace (as the comics regularly do) the rewriting of scripture
Just a thought.