Oswald Cobblepot (Robin Lord Taylor), better known as Penguin in the Fox show “Gotham,” is scrambling to maintain his authority in Gotham City now that his former boss, Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), has returned with new powers.
So what is Penguin’s solution? Why, to run as mayor, of course! The Season 3, episode 3, titled “Look Into My Eyes” will not only introduce the highly-anticipated new villain Jervis Tetch (Benedict Samuel), but will also detail Penguin’s plans to run for mayor.
Penguin campaign will run on the platform to “Make Gotham Safe Again,” and Taylor told Blastr that having it mirror a certain presidential candidate’s promise in real life (to make America great again) is no coincidence.
“Oswald is someone who comes to power through manipulation, and manipulation of people’s fears,” Taylor explained. “What we’re seeing here is a reflection of what’s happening now, and someone who has no political office, has shady business dealings, is a master manipulator of everyone around him.”
“It makes our show more relevant than it has ever been,” he added. “When Gotham City starts to reflect the world we live in, it’s really f---ing scary.”
One person Penguin will come to rely on this season is Ed Nygma (Cory Michael Smith). Co-executive producer John Stephens told TV Insider that Penguin and Nygma will “become a real duo for the first half of the season,” as Oswald uses Nygma’s brains to regain control of Gotham City.
Aside from Nygma, Penguin also trusts Butch Gillian (Drew Powell). But unfortunately, Nygma and Butch just don’t get along well.
“There’s this weird triangle between Penguin, Nygma, and Butch that starts near the beginning of the season, works through the first part, and I think will carry through the season of this weird dynamic,” Powell told Comic Book.
“Gotham” airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.