11 Non-Spoilers From FOX’s ‘Gotham’ Finale

Way back in June, when were all younger and more naive and love was in bloom, MTV News first broke down “11 Non-Spoilers From FOX’s ’Gotham’ Pilot.” Now, nearly a year later, we’re on the eve of the finale… And we’ve seen the episode, which changes Batman’s hometown forever.

With such climactic events in the wind, we’ll have a breakdown of what it all means for the already guaranteed season two tomorrow — but for now, here’s 11 blind item spoilers about the season finale, “All Happy Families Are Alike,” to tide you over.

A Main Character Dies
Remember last week when we went to bat (no pun intended) for how the show could shake things up by offing a main character? Well, it happens. It isn’t as earth-shaking as Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) accidentally choking on that cookie he got in the last episode, but it definitely has huge ramifications for the show going forward.

Another Main Character “Dies”
Is this person dead? Probably… But given how it parallels a character “death” in the very first episode? Bodies or it didn’t happen.

A Minor Character Makes An Impossible Choice
By the end of the episode, the fate of Gotham City surprisingly drops in the hands of a minor character. They’re a crucial one to the series, but if you haven’t been paying attention you might not realize just how important they actually are… And the choice they make will have huge repercussions for the city going forward.

A Villain Is Born
You can probably guess who from the very subtle clues, but one of Batman’s greatest villains takes a huge step forward to his (or her) destiny. It’s all part of the craziest scene in the episode that doesn’t feature any action — just the character’s internal/external monologue. We’ll leave this one as a giant question mark until we can discuss tomorrow.

A Titanic Moment
One other character has a huge moment towards the end of the episode while fully embracing their own comic book destiny that recalls a key sequence in “Titanic.” And no, it’s not Gordon (Ben McKenzie) drawing Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) in the nude. Sorry.

Bechdel Tested
Two female characters talking to each other about something other than a man? Check! Does it erupt into a no-holds-barred catfight that rivals pretty much other gun-battle in the episode? Yep. Does it pass the Bechdel test? By the skin of its teeth. But testing aside, it is brutal… And leaves one of the duo’s lives hanging in the balance.

The Dark Gordon Rises
This season has all been about the battle for Gordon’s soul: would he keep doing the right thing, or would he submit to Gotham City’s darkness and corrupt his morals to do what’s “right?”

And though there’s a sort-of conclusion to this arc (guess what side he falls on), there’s also a great monologue from Carmine Falcone (John Dorman) paralleling one he gave to Gordon in the pilot that underscores that you can do something good, something bad… Or a little bit of both.

Parallel Paths
In fact, the episode has tons of parallels to the pilot, down to echoing the first eps’ best scene: Bullock (Donal Logue) and Gordon trussed up and about to be killed by mobsters for trying to do the right thing. Except this time, they’re not alone…

Cat Got Your Tongue?
Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova) continues her journey to anti-herodom in a big way during the hour, complete with a new haircut, and a new mentor. She’s got a long way to go until she puts on a literal cat-suit and picks up a whip, but while everyone else is struggling with good and evil, at least for now she’s chosen a side.

Batman… Begins?

Other than Gordon’s journey, this series is really, truly about how Bruce goes from being a kid to becoming Batman. And the episode ends on a HUGE moment for fans of the character. Without spoiling, we’ll say the moment is fondly reminiscent of the end of the first season of “LOST,” and leave it at that.
Gordon Grows A Mustache And Gets Glasses

Just kidding. That’s the arc for season two.