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"All will be judged."
—The tagline of season 3.

Season 3 (also known as Mad City[1] & Heroes Rise[2]) is the third season of Gotham. It premiered on September 19, 2016 and concluded on June 5, 2017.


The origin story continues on Season Three of Gotham, and the stakes are higher than ever, as Super-Villains more ambitious and depraved are introduced, and a realignment of alliances shakes up the fight for power in Gotham City.

Season Three will peel back the curtain on the infamous criminal organization known as the Court of The Owls. With the Indian Hill escapees on the loose, Jim Gordon must take matters into his own hands as a bounty hunter in Gotham. He makes it his mission to find Hugo Strange, the mastermind behind the horrifying Indian Hill experiments, and Fish Mooney, one of Strange’s subjects. Meanwhile, GCPD Detective Harvey Bullock and Captain Nathaniel Barnes remain at the forefront of the fight against crime in the monster-ridden city. Also, Bruce Wayne, with the help of his trusted butler and mentor, Alfred Pennyworth, and former Wayne Enterprises employee, Lucius Fox, discovers there are still more secrets to uncover regarding his parents’ murders.

As the city sinks deeper into chaos, Gotham will continue to follow the evolving stories of the city’s most malevolent villains: The Penguin; Edward Nygma; Selina Kyle; Barbara Kean, Tabitha Galavan and Butch Gilzean. The series also will catch up with Ivy Pepper, who, after an encounter with a monster from Indian Hill, finds herself reborn as a young woman who’s harnessed the full power of her charms; and dives into the origin stories of Jervis Tetch, a talented hypnotist teetering on the edge of madness.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

(Must have 3 or more episode appearances)


Gotham was renewed for a third season on March 17, 2016.[3]

Ivy Pepper was recast with an older actress, replacing Clare Foley who appeared in the role on a recurring basis during the first and second seasons.[4] Maggie Geha was later cast in the role.[5]

Benedict Samuel was cast in a lead role as villain Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter[6][7]. Other new additions to the cast included Jamie Chung as Valerie Vale[8], James Carpinello as Mario Calvi[9], Naian Gonzalez Norvind as Alice Tetch[10], Ivana Milicevic as Maria Kyle[11], James Remar as Frank Gordon[12], Raymond J. Barry as The Shaman[13], and Alexander Siddig as Ra's al Ghul[14].


# Episode name Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 "Mad City: Better to Reign in Hell..." Danny Cannon John Stephens September 19, 2016
Gordon works in a monster-ridden Gotham as a bounty hunter and seeks to find answers about the Indian Hill escapees, and why their powers appear to be killing them. Meanwhile, Bruce’s doppelganger roams the streets, and Barbara and Tabitha open a new nightclub called The Sirens.
2 "Mad City: Burn the Witch..." Danny Cannon Ken Woodruff September 26, 2016
Fish Mooney takes matters into her own hands to locate Hugo Strange, forcing Gordon to reluctantly team up with journalist Valerie Vale to find her. Penguin rises in popularity after criticizing the work of the GCPD and Bruce’s investigation of the Court of Owls is compromised. Meanwhile, Ivy Pepper is reintroduced into Gotham City.
3 "Mad City: Look Into My Eyes" Rob Bailey Danny Cannon October 3, 2016
Hypnotist Jervis Tetch arrives in Gotham to search for his sister, Alice, and hires Gordon to help find her. Meanwhile, Penguin decides to run for mayor and Bruce’s doppelganger begins to channel him, causing some confusion around town.
4 "Mad City: New Day Rising" Eagle Egilsson Robert Hull October 10, 2016
Penguin gains power as he narrows in on the nomination for Mayor of Gotham. Meanwhile, Gordon turns Alice into the GCPD for the bounty. Also, Bruce and Alfred race to find Bruce’s doppelganger after learning he’s assumed Bruce’s identity.
5 "Mad City: Anything for You" T.J. Scott Denise Thé October 17, 2016
Crime in Gotham is at an all-time high, as Penguin struggles to uphold his promises to the city. Meanwhile, Butch goes down a dark path with the infamous Red Hood Gang and Bruce begins to investigate Ivy's whereabouts.
6 "Mad City: Follow the White Rabbit" Nathan Hope Steven Lilien
Bryan Wynbrandt
October 24, 2016
Mad Hatter sets his eyes on his next victims, forcing Jim Gordon to make some tough decisions. Meanwhile, Penguin and Nygma's relationship evolves, and a familiar face comes back into Nygma's life.
7 "Mad City: Red Queen" Scott White Megan Mostyn-Brown October 31, 2016
After coming in contact with a substance by the hand of Mad Hatter, Jim Gordon gets led on a psychedelic trip and must confront his past, present and future. Meanwhile, Penguin struggles with Nygma's new relationship.
8 "Mad City: Blood Rush" Rob Bailey Tze Chun November 7, 2016
Barnes begins to feel the effects of a recent incident and begins to go mad. Meanwhile, Nygma is out of his depth in his relationship with Isabella and Carmine Falcone throws Lee and Mario an engagement party.
9 "Mad City: The Executioner" John Behring Ken Woodruff November 14, 2016
Gordon and Bullock become suspicious of Barnes, and comb through evidence of the murder at Lee and Mario’s engagement party. Nygma goes to Penguin when he hasn’t heard from Isabella. Meanwhile, Ivy reveals her identity to Selina and Bruce, but quickly leads them to trouble.
10 "Mad City: Time Bomb" Hanelle M. Culpepper Robert Hull November 21, 2016
On the eve of their rehearsal dinner, a threat to Mario and Lee is exposed, and Falcone looks to Jim for help. Meanwhile, Nygma seeks revenge and Bruce learns more about The Court of Owls.
11 "Mad City: Beware the Green-Eyed Monster" Danny Cannon John Stephens November 28, 2016
As the virus begins to spread in Gotham, the laboratory that is developing a cure is compromised. Mario and Gordon face off before the wedding, Selina meets an unexpected face and Barbara comes to Nygma with information about Isabella.
12 "Mad City: Ghosts" Eagle Egilsson Danny Cannon January 16, 2017
Falcone places a hit on Gordon after learning that he shot Mario. Gordon and Bullock discover a follower of Jerome, who plans to bring him back to life. Meanwhile, Penguin spirals out of control before the biggest television interview of his Mayoral career, and Bruce and Selina deal with Selina's mom's return to Gotham.
13 "Mad City: Smile Like You Mean It" Olatunde Osunsanmi Steven Lilien
Bryan Wynbrandt
January 23, 2017
On the run from Gordon and Bullock, Dwight tries to revive Jerome, in turn, activates his acolytes around Gotham City. Meanwhile, Selina's mom's intentions in Gotham are revealed, and the power play between Penguin and Nygma escalates as Barbara's plans are set in place.
14 "Mad City: The Gentle Art of Making Enemies" Louis Shaw Milito Seth Boston January 30, 2017
With Jerome on the loose with one target in mind, Bruce and Alfred's safety is compromised. Meanwhile, Gordon's uncle Frank pays him a visit, and Nygma and Penguin are forced to confront their issues face-to-face, with possible deadly consequences.
15 "Heroes Rise: How the Riddler Got His Name" T.J. Scott Megan Mostyn-Brown April 24, 2017
Nygma convinces himself that he doesn't need Penguin to succeed and begins to introduce himself to Gotham as "The Riddler." Bullock and Lucius Fox get caught up in Nygma's mind games, while Gordon learns troubling news about his father's death. Meanwhile, the Court of the Owls reveals its next move.
16 "These Delicate and Dark Obsessions" Ben McKenzie Robert Hull May 1, 2017
The Court of Owls devises a new plan regarding the future of Gotham, as Gordon uncovers information about his father and uncle's past, connecting him back to the organization. Meanwhile, Bruce wakes up in the temple and learns of the Shaman's wish for him.
17 "Heroes Rise: The Primal Riddle" Maja Vrvilo Steven Lilien
Bryan Wynbrandt
May 8, 2017
Some of Gotham's most unhinged villains band together, while The Riddler continues his conquest of the city. Gordon is on a search for answers and all roads keep leading him back to the Court of Owls. Meanwhile, as Alfred begins to notice a change in Bruce, Bruce 2 confides in Selina.
18 "Heroes Rise: Light The Wick" Mark Tonderai Tze Chun May 15, 2017
Gordon discovers the weapon the Court of Owls will use to destroy Gotham, which leads him on a dangerous path as he tracks it down. Meanwhile, Kathryn and Temple Shaman reveal their next move to Bruce, and Ivy comes to Selina's aid.
19 "Heroes Rise: All Will Be Judged" John Behring Ken Woodruff May 22, 2017
Temple Shaman reveals his hand to Bruce Wayne and sets up the next phase of training. Gordon and Bullock are put into danger as they come across a crystal owl that reveals the most coveted secrets of Gotham's underworld. Meanwhile, Nygma and Penguin are forced to work together to get out of a trickey situation.
20 "Heroes Rise: Pretty Hate Machine" Danny Cannon Steven Lilien
Bryan Wynbrandt
May 29, 2017
Gordon races against the clock to save the city from the Alice Tetch virus, when Lee Thompkins intercepts with a plan of her own. Also, Alfred sees a big change in Bruce Wayne after his work with The Shaman. Meanwhile, some of Gotham's most deranged villains band together.
21 "Heroes Rise: Destiny Calling" Nathan Hope Danny Cannon June 5, 2017
With the deadly virus spreading throughout the city, the search for the antidote continues, as Fish Mooney, The Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. Bruce meets Ra's al Ghul and completes his last task in order to fulfill his destiny, but realizes he can't let go of his past. Meanwhile, Gordon tries to win back Lee, and past alliances within Gotham City are broken, while new alliances are formed.
22 "Heroes Rise: Heavydirtysoul" Rob Bailey Robert Hull June 5, 2017
With the deadly virus spreading throughout the city, the search for the antidote continues, as Fish Mooney, The Riddler and Penguin reveal plans of their own. Bruce meets Ra's al Ghul and completes his last task in order to fulfill his destiny, but realizes he can't let go of his past. Meanwhile, Gordon tries to win back Lee, and past alliances within Gotham City are broken, while new alliances are formed.


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  • Season Three dealt with the theme of insanity, with several characters having breakdowns.
  • This is the only season where every single main cast member appears in at least half of the episodes, Season 4 comes close with only Ra's al Ghul missing out by one, with ten appearances in 22 episodes.