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"You're going to be reborn. And then you'll be the bane of the unjust. The bane of the corrupt. The bane of anyone who opposes us."
Nyssa al Ghul to Eduardo Dorrance[src]

"I Am Bane" is the tenth episode of the fifth season of Gotham. It aired on March 21, 2019.[2]


On the precipice of Gotham’s reunification, Gordon and Bruce find themselves face-to-face with a newly transformed Eduardo, and discover the real mastermind behind the city’s current chaos. Meanwhile, a pregnant Barbara turns to Lee for help.[1]



  • Eduardo Dorrance becomes the supervillain Bane, who is most infamous for having broken Batman and taken over the criminal underworld in Batman: Knightfall. He currently serves as the main antagonist in Tom King's run on Batman.
  • The episode shares its name with the comic book storyline Batman: I Am Bane.
  • Final appearance of BD Wong as Hugo Strange.
  • Jim Gordon and Barbara Kean's daughter makes her debut in this episode. In the comics she goes onto becoming Batgirl, and later Oracle.
  • Theresa Walker is revealed to be Nyssa al Ghul.
  • The end credits do not display any actor credits at all, recurring or otherwise. This is perhaps the only episode to opt for such an angle.
  • Nyssa al Ghul's revenge scheme as well as her relationship with Bane is similar to Talia al Ghul from the 2012 movie The Dark Knight Rises.
  • The attack on Gotham is called Protocol 386. This seems to be a homage to the game Arkham City which featured a contingency plan named Protocol 10 designed to wipe out the criminal element from Gotham City. In similar fashion, Protocol 386 seems to act in a very similar destructive manner. 


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