Gotham Season 5 Includes Three Time Jumps, For Good Reason

The final season of Gotham won’t premiere until 2019; however, with the show’s final appearance at New York Comic-Con happening over the weekend, the Batman prequel series is at the center of a lot of buzz. Whether it’s the news that Shane West will play Bane in the Fox show’s final episodes or that Batman will finally make an appearance in the series finale, there’s plenty to talk about.

One other topic of discussion over the last week is whether the show would jump ahead in time following the events of the Season 4 finale, in which Jeremiah (Cameron Monaghan) blew up the bridges that connect Gotham City to the rest of the world, essentially setting up a story inspired by the “No Man’s Land” story from the DC comic books. During a visit to the show’s set in New York City, GameSpot learned from multiple cast members that there would be a three-month time jump in the new season.

Thanks to a little clarification from executive producer John Stephens, though, it’s not quite that simple. “We have a time jump of 391 days at the top of the premiere opener, but then we settle in back at 87 days,” he said.

That means when the series returns, fans will see Gotham City a little over a year after Jeremiah destroyed the bridges, before settling back into its three-month jump. The season will then, assumedly, tell the story of how Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz), and whoever else is left get the city to the point it’s at on the 391-day mark.

Those aren’t the only two time jumps at play in the final season, though. Speaking at Gotham‘s NYCC panel, Stephens also dropped another bombshell. The series finale will jump forward again, this time to 10 years in the future. It’s at this point that the audience will meet Bruce as Batman. That said, it remains to be seen whether it’ll be Mazouz in the cape and cowl.

Of course, any longtime fan of Gotham is probably keeping their fingers crossed, hoping that the young actor who was 13 years old when the show launched would end up getting to properly become Batman. To see whether that happens or not, though, you’re going to have to wait for whenever the final season of Gotham premieres. All we know at this point is that it won’t be until sometime early next year.

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