When Fox’s “Gotham” first started, it was very much a police drama with Detective Jim Gordon (Ben McKenzie) at the center of every exciting case.
But as the show progressed, unforeseen circumstances forced Gordon to move further and further away from the police station that he loved, not to mention the people he held near and dear to his heart.
For Season 3, Gordon is now working as a bounty hunter. He hasn’t turned over to the dark side, but his new profession has propelled the show into a different course.
“In Season three you're really going to see how villains have taken up residence inside the city,” executive producer John Stephens told The Hollywood Reporter. “The villains have become more and more a part of the fabric of the city of Gotham. It's less and less a police show like it was in season one. It's a natural continuation of that in season three.”
Earlier, McKenzie told Comic Book Resources that despite everything Gotham City did to Gordon, he hasn’t completely given up on his morality.
“He’s certainly not a villain. He certainly doesn’t inflict pain just to inflict it. He has a certain morality, but it’s far, far away from where found him initially,” McKenzie said. “He’s learning a lot of things, and with each lesson he learns, he takes a step forward, but he also in some ways falls apart a bit.”
One of the reasons why Gordon changed is because he was unable to patch things up with his former lover, Dr. Leslie “Lee” Thompkins (Morena Baccarin). The two lost their baby last season, and Jim forced her out of his life when he went to prison.
Baccarin told Three If By Space that Lee has a new man in her life right now, and she described him as a Falcone who is not fond of using his father's name.
Despite parting ways, Gordon and Lee are going to be thrust into each other’s lives when Season 3 returns.
“Gotham” will return on Monday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. on Fox.