"Gotham" Season 2 has been billed as the "Rise of the Villains," and so far, five episodes the Fox show have lived up to that promise. Bridgit Pike a.k.a. Firefly (Michelle Veintimilla) was introduced in episode 5 and her life was forever changed after she burned and killed a GCPD officer. Her friend Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), who will eventually become Catwoman, was able to help her escape from the police and their bond will continue to grow in episode 6, "By Fire."
Throughout "Gotham" Selina has never really looked out for anyone other than herself. She has for Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) on a couple of occasions and even Ivy (Clare Foley). However, her connection with Bridgit shows a caring side of Selina that hasn't really been shown before. Bicondova told TVLine that Bridgit was one of Selina's first friends growing up and Selina feels bad for her after seeing how she was treated by her brothers.
"She knows that Bridgit has the ability to be a very strong, independent girl, so she wants to help her become that. And Selina doesn’t like seeing anybody, especially a fellow girl, being treated badly — Selina is very passionate about that," Bicondova said. "She isn’t a very violent person, she doesn’t like being violent. So when it comes to Bridgit, Selina wants to help her be able to live all on her own."
The friendship is also important to Selina after Alfred (Sean Pertwee) told her not to speak to Bruce anymore. By the time episode 6 comes to a close, Selina will find herself at a crossroads in her life. Will she go continuing becoming a villain or will her good heart prevent her from fully going down that road?
"She definitely goes into a dark space, because at the end of the episode she… feels like she doesn’t have anybody to turn to. But I don't think she’ll go in a necessarily 'evil' direction. I think she just needs to figure herself out again and remember what she taught Bridgit about being independent. It’s up to the writers and I'm excited to see where they take it!" Bicondova dished.
Bridgit has been one of the most unique villains to be introduced on the show. She was bullied by her brothers for most of her life and wants to do the right thing, but something ultimately comes over her. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Veintimilla said despite being a villain, Bridgit can actually serve as a role model.
"Bridgit has an incredible amount of heart, and she sees the injustices that happen in Gotham, and she feels very passionately about trying to right the wrongs. I think that it's going to be interesting to see what makes her turn bad. It doesn't come from testosterone-based aggression; I think she feels cheated, because she's had the strength all along and hasn't had the chance to really express that. Now she has, and she's going to run with it," Veintimilla said.
Watch the full promo video for "Gotham" Season 2, episode 6 below:
"Gotham” Season 2, episode 6, "By Fire," will air on Fox Monday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. EDT.