Ahead of the spring premiere for the second half of Gotham's fourth season, cast members Ben McKenzie, Morena Baccarin, Robin Lord Taylor, and Cory Michael Smith turned up at Tumblr HQ in New York City to answer questions for press and fans.
The first new episode of the season, "Pieces of a Broken Mirror," sees the first appearance of the new Ivy, the continued evolution of Edward Nygma, and the ongoing consequences of solid dudes like Alfred Pennyworth and Harvey Bullock being out of a job.
With all those things in mind, SYFY WIRE talked to the actors, they talked with us, and they also spoke with the fans. Here are some tidbits about where their characters are now, with more to come next week involving mustaches and sporks galore. Trust me. It'll make sense in a week. Gotham sense.
Cory Michael Smith on the "softer" side of Nygma:
"I've enjoyed it. It's been nice. It's been a bit more calm, you know. Ed was even a bit goofy and silly earlier in the season. He was just having so much fun with Grundy and, you know, [Lee] was kind of buffering him a little bit, taking off the sharp edges. It's been nice. But Ed has identity issues and that's been a theme of his journey for all four seasons. And I think sometimes he can get bored with himself or disappointed with himself and just kind of has to move on. So I don't know how long the softness can really maintain."
Cory on whether or not Ed would be a good leader for Gotham:
"I'm not interested, but it would be a very well-functioning city if I did [run it]. Not interested, though. I'm not running in 2020. I'd be a damn good president, but I'm not running in 2020."
Ben on if Gordon has any true allies without Harvey:
"I guess in a certain sense, no. There's a kindred spirit with some of them; with Lee of course. And I think on a fundamental level he and Bruce and Alfred are all [in favor of] similar things. But of course Bruce is a kid and Alfred is his guardian. So, yeah, he's pretty isolated.
"That being said, he's able to do all this stuff strategically now, whereas Boy Scout Jim from Season 1 wouldn't have ever entered into a deal with Sophia. That does allow you to have more friends that are just there for convenience. It's lonely."
Robin on whether Ed and Oswald could be friends again:
"Yeah, I think there's a way lots of different things can happen. I mean, obviously, everything that happened before is done and Oswald learned a very valuable lesson about himself.
"I think, really, what it means to be someone's friend, and the great thing about this show is this: that these characters learn lessons over the years and they carry the lessons through with them so that, when they come back together with different characters, they're changed. They've learned and relationships change and grow and people — especially in a city where you have to make alliances with your enemy to survive — find a way."
Robin on who understands and is best for Gotham City:
"I think the person who understands Gotham the most is Harvey Bullock. Absolutely. I think he's continually surprised by the rest of these freaks. The queue coming out of the river doesn't stay in the river like they used to. I'm sure that's what he's thinking, but at the same time, he knows Gotham more than any of us do. And the thing that he does know, the lesson that he has learned, that Jim is continually learning, is that you have to do dirty deals for the ultimate good. And Harvey has done that and it's just a sad reality of the city that we've created."
We talked about more and you'll hear about all of that soon enough. For now, Gotham returns March 1 on FOX.