Edward Nygma (Cory Michael Smith) has been flying under the radar for most of "Gotham" Season 2 as villains continue to rise up in the city. However, Nygma quickly came back into the spotlight as a major twist in episode 6 showed something that will further push him towards him eventually becoming the famous Batman villain The Riddler.
In an interview with Collider, Smith said Nygma is going to have a lot to deal with after he just killed his "one true love," Ms. Kringle (Chelsea Spack), in episode 6. His darker alter-ego is also expected to show up once again.
"I think he has to resolve to accept what he has done, but I don’t know that he knows what that means for himself. He’s a murderer, but he doesn’t mean to be. He has to reconcile his truth. I don’t know what it will mean for him," Smith dished. "The next few episodes will see him trying to figure that out. The thing that happens immediately after that is that this alter-ego of his comes rearing his head in a really horrifying way."
While some believe Nygma's latest actions could lead to his personalities splitting off even more, Smith said you can actually expect the two personalities to come closer together, where Nygma can embrace both as the person he is.
"What’s more important for me than cutting him up into even more little pieces is for him to eventually come to the place where he’s embracing this other side of him. That’s the voice that’s going to lead him to being the supervillain," Smith added.
Coming into Season 2, Smith said Nygma was going to "grow up" in an an interview with People. While the future Riddler wasn't that much of a bad guy in the first season, the 28-year-old actor said Nygma would continue to go down the wrong road this season.
"He was adolescent and high-strung, but now he's letting go of that and manning up," Smith said. "This season, he has an evolution and some really twisted stuff happens with him."
In episode 7, Nygma will have to deal with the aftermath of his actions. He has now killed two people on "Gotham" and it will be interesting to see how this affects him both as a person and as an employee of the GCPD. Will he be able to cover up Kringle's murder? Or will he end up getting arrested and sent to Arkham Asylum?
"Gotham” Season 2, episode 7, "Mommy's Little Monster," will air on Fox Monday, Nov. 2, at 8 p.m. EST.