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The episode titles for Gotham's final season hint at 'heroic' Penguin, a nod to Frank Miller, and more

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Nov 13, 2018, 4:45 PM EST (Updated)

In January, Fox's Gotham will begin to wrap up its storylines with a fifth and final season, which means they'll be pulling out all the stops with a slew of iconic villains (like Bane) and a look at David Mazouz's young Batman with a finale time jump.

With most of the episode titles of the final season revealed, we've also got a better idea of what we can expect from the series' swan song, subtitled "Legend of the Dark Knight."

For example, the premiere episode is called "Year Zero," a name that is most likely an homage to Frank Miller's influential 1987 comic, Batman: Year One. The storyline revolved around Bruce Wayne's first year as the Caped Crusader, as well as his budding professional relationship with Jim Gordon.

Fox has also released some short teasers for the upcoming season, which you can check out below:

Episode 3 of Season 5 is entitled "Penguin, Our Hero," something that might be facetious or totally sincere. Since the show's inception, Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor) has built himself up as an incredibly powerful and dangerous crime lord. It's unlikely that he'd turn hero, at least in the traditional sense of the word.

Episode 5, "Pena Duro," is named after the Carribean prison in which Bane grew up, setting the stage for Episode 8, "I Am Bane." The muscular, Venom-addicted villain will be portrayed by ER's Shane West. Before we meet him, however, we'll get Episode 7, "Ace Chemicals," the very company whose vat of swirling toxins gave Joker his bleached skin, red lips, and green hair.

The list of episode names announced thus far are as follows:

  • "Year Zero"
  • "Trespassers"
  • "Penguin, Our Hero"
  • "Ruin"
  • "Pena Dura"
  • "The Air Is Getting Slippery"
  • "Ace Chemicals"
  • "I Am Bane"

Gotham returns for Season 5 on Thursday, January 3. It will consist of 12 episodes, two of which were written by Ben McKenzie, the actor who plays a young James Gordon.