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"A new era has begun."
—The tagline of season 2.

Season 2 (also known as Rise of the Villains and Wrath of the Villains[1]) is the second season of Gotham. It premiered on September 21, 2015 and concluded on May 23, 2016.


The stakes are higher than ever as Gotham explores the origin stories of some of the most ambitious and depraved super villains, including The Riddler, Jerome Valeska and Mr. Freeze, and Bruce Wayne uncovers more secrets from his father’s past.[2]


Main cast

Recurring cast

(Must have 3 or more episode appearances)


Gotham was renewed for a second season on January 17, 2015.[3]

Cast members Drew Powell (Butch Gilzean), Morena Baccarin (Leslie Thompkins), Nicholas D'Agosto (Harvey Dent) and Chris Chalk (Lucius Fox) were promoted to regular status.[4][5][6][7]

James Frain was cast as a new villain - billionaire industrialist Theo Galavan.[8] Jessica Lucas was cast in the role of Theo's sister Tabitha Galavan, who is the show's version of the DC villain Tigress.[9] Michael Chiklis was cast as GCPD captain Nathaniel Barnes.[10] Other new additions to the cast included Natalie Alyn Lind as Silver St. Cloud[11], Michelle Veintimilla as Firefly[12], Nathan Darrow as Mr. Freeze[13] and BD Wong as Hugo Strange.[14]

Although initially claimed that she may not be returning for the second season, Jada Pinkett Smith ultimately reprised her role of Fish Mooney after the character's apparent demise in the season 1 finale.[15]


# Episode name Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 "Rise of the Villains: Damned If You Do..." Danny Cannon Bruno Heller September 21, 2015
Penguin is King of Gotham and after a shakeup at the GCPD, Detective James Gordon’s moral compass wavers, as he seeks help from Penguin. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne continues to explore the secrets from his father’s office, while GOTHAM newcomers Theo Galavan and his sister, Tabitha, make friends with some unlikely allies, a group of dangerous inmates from Arkham.
2 "Rise of the Villains: Knock, Knock" Rob Bailey Ken Woodruff September 28, 2015
On the heels of his reinstatement, Gordon is thrust onto the high-profile case tracking the deadly inmate escape from Arkham Asylum. Meanwhile, Galavan plans his next move, while Bruce asks for help from his father’s old friend to unlock the secrets in his office.
3 "Rise of the Villains: The Last Laugh" Eagle Egilsson John Stephens October 5, 2015
Gordon and Bullock track down a nemesis from the past, leading to a standoff between Jerome and Gordon. Meanwhile, a magic show at the Gotham Children's Hospital gala turns into a hostage situation.
4 "Rise of the Villains: Strike Force" T.J. Scott Danny Cannon October 12, 2015
Captain Barnes is called to duty to create a law-abiding task force, with the help of Gordon. Meanwhile, Penguin gets caught up in a favor for Galavan, and Nygma asks Kringle out on a date.
5 "Rise of the Villains: Scarification" Bill Eagles Jordan Harper October 19, 2015
Galavan and Penguin join forces with a dangerous family in Gotham. Then, as the rivalry between the Waynes and the Galavans resurfaces, Gordon struggles to maintain order in the city.
6 "Rise of the Villains: By Fire" T.J. Scott Rebecca Perry Cutter October 26, 2015
After Bridgit Pike rejoins her brothers, a new spark of courage ignites within her, as she chooses to take control of her future. Meanwhile, Kringle and Nygma’s relationship will take a new step and Penguin and Galavan continue to battle for control of Gotham City’s underworld.
7 "Rise of the Villains: Mommy's Little Monster" Kenneth Fink Robert Hull November 2, 2015
Butch leads Penguin and his men to the warehouse where Gertrud is being held, as Penguin plots his revenge on Galavan for kidnapping his mother. Meanwhile, Nygma deals with the aftermath of a deadly accident.
8 "Rise of the Villains: Tonight’s the Night" Jeffrey Hunter Jim Barnes November 9, 2015
Galavan sends Barbara after Jim Gordon, while he tries to make a business deal with Bruce Wayne. Barnes and Bullock are hot on Barbara’s trail, and Nygma has a run-in with a familiar face.
9 "Rise of the Villains: A Bitter Pill to Swallow" Louis Shaw Milito Megan Mostyn-Brown November 16, 2015
Gordon and Barnes continue cleaning up Gotham, and Gordon comes face-to-face with one of the city's most dangerous hitmen, Eduardo Flamingo. Meanwhile, Nygma and Penguin cross paths again, and Bruce pressures Galavan into handing over the name of his parents' murderer.
10 "Rise of the Villains: The Son of Gotham" Rob Bailey John Stephens November 23, 2015
Gordon confronts a suspect who is connected to Galavan, but falls short of obtaining any information. Meanwhile, Bruce gets one step closer to discovering the name of his parent's killer.
11 "Rise of the Villains: Worse Than A Crime" Jeffrey Hunter Bruno Heller November 30, 2015
When Bruce Wayne is kidnapped, Gordon must look to some unlikely and dangerous allies for help. It is a battle of the villains, and not everyone makes it out alive.
12 "Wrath of the Villains: Mr. Freeze" Nick Copus Ken Woodruff February 29, 2016
Penguin takes a hit for Galavan’s murder, but doesn’t let Gordon off easily. Meanwhile, Gordon and Bullock investigate the body-snatching spree of Victor Fries, one of Gotham’s preeminent cryogenics engineers.
13 "Wrath of the Villains: A Dead Man Feels No Cold" Eagle Egilsson Seth Boston March 7, 2016
As Gordon, Bullock and Barnes continue the search for Victor Fries, they are forced to look to his wife, Nora, for help. Meanwhile, Penguin is introduced to Hugo Strange, and Alfred reveals some crucial information to Bruce about his parents’ murderer.
14 "Wrath of the Villains: This Ball of Mud and Meanness" Jordan Harper John Behring March 14, 2016
Alfred and Selina help Bruce on his quest to find his parents’ killer, Matches Malone. Meanwhile, Gordon follows up with Edward Nygma on Kristin Kringle’s whereabouts and Hugo Strange continues his treatment to reduce Penguin’s aggression.
15 "Wrath of the Villains: Mad Grey Dawn" Nick Copus Robert Hull March 21, 2016
Gordon and Bullock investigate a trail of clues left in a museum robbery, which, unbeknownst to them, were left by Nygma in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Gordon’s past comes back to haunt him when an anonymous person threatens to expose his hand in Galavan’s murder. Meanwhile, Penguin’s visit to some old friends leads him to meet his father, Elijah Van Dahl and Bruce practices his street smarts.
16 "Wrath of the Villains: Prisoners" Scott White Danny Cannon March 28, 2016
After Gordon is removed from protective custody, he begins to face new threats and dangers inside prison walls. In order to survive, he must rely on a new friend, as well as Bullock and other outside help. Meanwhile, Penguin grows closer to his father, while his step-mother and step-siblings move forward with their own plans for the family.
17 "Wrath of the Villains: Into the Woods" Oz Scott Rebecca Perry Cutter April 11, 2016
In an attempt to clear his name, Gordon steals his case file and approaches Nygma for help. Meanwhile, Penguin discovers his step-family’s role in his father’s death, and awakens from his conditioning.
18 "Wrath of the Villains: Pinewood" John Stephens Robert Hull
Megan Mostyn-Brown
April 18, 2016
After leaving Arkham Asylum, Barbara attempts to make amends with Gordon. Then, Bruce and Alfred track down one of Thomas Wayne's former friends from Project Chimera, but Hugo Strange disrupts their plans.
19 "Wrath of the Villains: Azrael" Larysa Kondracki Jim Barnes
Ken Woodruff
May 2, 2016
Gordon and Bruce question Professor Strange about Project Chimera, which leads Strange to send the newly resurrected Galavan to confront Gordon. Meanwhile, Nygma investigates who Professor Strange is.
20 "Wrath of the Villains: Unleashed" Paul A. Edwards Danny Cannon May 9, 2016
Azrael is on the loose in Gotham City, which sparks Penguin’s need for revenge. Meanwhile, Bruce enlists the help of Selina Kyle to help track down Professor Strange, as he evades arrest for his experiments.
21 "Wrath of the Villains: A Legion of Horribles" Rob Bailey Jordan Harper May 16, 2016
Hugo Strange welcomes a familiar face to Gotham after he resurrects Fish Mooney in Indian Hill. Later, Bruce discovers a friend is in danger and teams up with Gordon, Alfred and Lucius, while uncovering more of Strange's experiments.
22 "Wrath of the Villains: Transference" Eagle Egilsson Bruno Heller May 23, 2016
While Gordon, Bruce and Lucius remain at Indian Hill, the city of Gotham will be met with a new threat as Hugo Strange’s inmates devise a plan to escape and start their new lives in Gotham.


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  • Season Two shows the rise of super villains in the wake of the Falcone and Maroni families losing control of the underworld to Penguin.