When Jerome Valeska (Cameron Monaghan) was killed in "Gotham" Season 2, episode 3, many feared the show wouldn't have as many interesting villains anymore. Fortunately for fans, two evil organizations, the Court of Owls and the Order of St. Dumas, are making their way onto the show and Gotham City Police Department is without a doubt going to have its hands full.
Episode 5, "Scarification," may have just jump-started both storylines, especially when Edwige (Mary Joy) told Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) the story of the ancient knife Theo Galavan (James Frain) had him steal. She revealed there were five families who once ruled Gotham City, including the Dumas clan, which is Theo's old family name. The Waynes went on to destroy the Dumas family after they chopped off the hand of Caleb Dumas (Bryan Howard Conner) when he tried to court Celestine Wayne (Sophie Lee Morris).
The stories of all the ancient families hinted at the Court of Owls, a secret society that's been around for generations in the Batman comics. It's made up of some of Gotham City's oldest families, who use manipulation and assassination to dictate the city's life.
"Gotham" showrunner Bruno Heller confirmed the Court of Owls would be coming to the show in an interview with ComicBook.com in September. Heller said they were "absolutely" going to explore that world, but he didn't want to throw too much of the story at the audience at once.
"The Court of Owls is deep, deep, deep Gotham mythology. The comic book fans know about it, but I would suspect the larger audience is not so familiar. We sometimes have to make a distinction between the ‘[Christopher] Nolan-era Batman movie fans’ and the comic book fans," Heller said. "It’s not that they’re two separate audiences, just that there are two levels of engagement. Court of Owls is very much deep DC mythology."
In the final moments of episode 5, a new character named Father Creel (Ron Rifkin) was introduced. It looks like he and Theo are partners in their mission to take control of Gotham City and to avenge their ancestors. The two might not necessarily be a part of the Court of Owls, but it is likely they'll be a part of the Order of St. Dumas.
According to Variety, the Order of St. Dumas was established as "an offshoot of the Knights Templar," which helped make the warrior Azrael, who serves as an assassin for the order. Creel said warriors were on their way to Gotham to cleanse the city in blood and Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) will die. Could one of these warriors be Azrael?
"We will be going deeper into the Order of St. Dumas over the next run of episodes, and it will continue to play an evolving role for the rest of the season," executive producer John Stephens told ComicBook.com."And yes, we wouldn’t be telling an Order of St. Dumas story without also intending to tell an Azrael story. Just keep watching.”
"Gotham" airs Mondays on Fox at 8 p.m. EDT.