Well…that was dark.
The midseason finale of Gotham certainly set up some interesting dynamics for when it returns in January. “Beware The Green Eyed Monster” was filled with good spots that again shows what this show can do at full throttle.
Obviously the big story was about Gordon, Mario, and Leslie. I don’t know how it didn’t cross my mind that Mario was infected with Alice’s blood, but it makes sense now that I think about it. And in truth, it’s a perfect plot device for why he’s done what he’s done. It also lent credence to his plan to make Gordon seem like a lunatic to Leslie. It was very simple, yet very effective. You might think that Gordon was kind of an idiot for falling for it, but love makes you do things that defies logic.
Which of course bring us to the key Gordon/Leslie scene just before the wedding. He finally confessed what happened when he came back for her, and she hated him for telling her. It was very real, and that’s what made that final scene so tragic.
Yes, Mario is dead, and Leslie thinks that Gordon killed him out of jealousy, even though Mario, via the blood rage, was about to kill her because of what she said about Gordon. How this plays out is anyone’s guess, but I doubt it’ll be a happy ending to start.
Then there’s Ed, who learned the truth not only about Isabella, but about how Penguin feels about him. To see Ed struggle was very fun, he went from denial to full scale revenge before the episode ended. And his alliance with Barbara, Tabitha (hand now reattached) and Butch will lead to some fun stuff no doubt.
Which of course leads to the heist. It was simple, but effective. It’s unclear what the owl they stole means to the Court, or how the newly arrived mother of Selina will factor in to it all. However, with the death of a Talon, the Court will be on the warpath, and even though they might not know of Bruce’s involvement, he’ll only be in the shadows for so long.
“Beware The Green Eyed Monster” kept things very simple, and it paid off huge. Yes, we have to wait a month or so for Gotham to return, but I am very excited for what happens next.