Oswald Cobblepot, better known as Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), will be shaken in “Gotham” Season 3 now that his former boss, Fish Mooney (Jada Pinkett Smith), is back and staking her claim on the city.
Taylor told Variety that it’s important for his character to forge stronger alliances this season, and one person he will come to depend on is Ed Nygma (Cory Michael Smith).
“In light of what happened to Penguin last year, losing both his parents, being cast out by everyone he trusted, he has a big hole in his life,” Taylor said of Penguin. “He needs allies, he needs people by his side, so his connection with Nygma falls right into that.”
Co-executive producer John Stephens also backed up Taylor’s comments. He 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.
Another person Penguin will come to rely on is Butch Gillian (Drew Powell), who will serve as his muscle.
“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.
But whatever Penguin does, and no matter who he gets on his side, co-executive producer Ken Woodruff told Entertainment Weekly that he cannot escape Fish’s dominance.
“She’s a really powerful person in this world, and Indian Hill only accentuated that. Her time in Indian Hill gave her this ability to exert control over people and for her. She couldn’t ask for a better power. She’s going to stir things up and cause some real problems for everyone involved,” he said.
“Gotham” returned on Monday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.