- "Witness the End of Gotham."
- —The tagline of season 5
Season 5 (also known as Legend of the Dark Knight) is the fifth and final season of Gotham. It was renewed on May 13, 2018 and premiered on January 3, 2019 and concluded on April 25 that year. It received an Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series.
With Gotham on the brink of total anarchy and cut off from the outside world, only Jim Gordon, Bruce Wayne and a handful of heroes remain behind to retake the city. Inspired by the “No Man’s Land” arc from the comics, villains including Penguin, the Riddler, the Sirens and Jeremiah have taken claim on various regions of the city. Will order be restored, or will chaos reign in Gotham?
- Ben McKenzie as Commissioner James Gordon (12 episodes)
- Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock (12 episodes)
- David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne/Dark Knight (12 episodes)
- Morena Baccarin as Leslie Thompkins (6 episodes)
- Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth (11 episodes)
- Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin (11 episodes)
- Erin Richards as Barbara Kean (12 episodes)
- Camren Bicondova and Lili Simmons as Selina Kyle/Catwoman (12 episodes)
- Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma/Riddler (11 episodes)
- Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan/Tigress (1 episode)
- Chris Chalk as Lucius Fox (7 episodes)
- Kelcy Griffin as Vanessa Harper (6 episodes)
- Francesca Root-Dodson as Ecco (6 episodes)
- JW Cortes as Alvarez (6 episodes)
- Jaime Murray as Nyssa al Ghul (5 episodes)
- Cameron Monaghan as Jeremiah Valeska/J (5 episodes)
- Hunter Jones as Will Thomas (4 episodes)
- Shane West as Eduardo Dorrance/Bane (4 episodes)
- Andrew Sellon as Arthur Penn (3 episodes)
- David Carranza as Angel Vallelunga (3 episodes)
- David W. Thompson as Jonathan Crane/Scarecrow (2 episodes)
- Peyton List as Ivy Pepper (2 episodes)
- Alex Morf as Sykes (2 episodes)
- Anthony Carrigan as Victor Zsasz (2 episodes)
- BD Wong as Hugo Strange (2 episode)
- Benedict Samuel as Jervis Tetch/Mad Hatter (1 episode)
Gotham was renewed for a fifth and final season on May 13, 2018. On June 4, 2018, it was announced that season 5 would only consist of 10 episodes instead of the usual 22. On October 29, 2018, it was revealed that the final season has been expanded from 10 to 12 episodes. The series finale will mark the show's 100th episode. As a result of the shortened season, the showrunner John Stephens stated that "We move really quickly. We tried to build out the character moments as well. Sometimes we've had so much plot that we had to squeeze out some of the character stuff and now that it's the last chance we have to be with these characters, we're letting them live in these moments."
The No Man's Land arc was planned three years in advance, although they intended it to be an "inspiration", rather than a religious adaptation of the comic book storyline. The series finale remains mostly unchanged to the way it was planned out when the show began with Season 1, although there were some modifications: "When I came on the show in season one, [creator] Bruno [Heller] pitched me what he saw the ending as and it's very close to that, his initial idea." Due to it being the final season, the showrunners felt an added responsibility to satisfy the fans and to address any unanswered questions from the previous seasons. It was planned from Season 1 not to show Batman until the final frame of the finale, because the show is told from the eyes of Jim Gordon and they wanted the audience to see Batman as Jim looked up at him for the first time.
|#||Episode name||Directed by||Written by||Original airdate|
|1||"Legend of the Dark Knight: Year Zero"||Danny Cannon||John Stephens||January 3, 2019|
|Jim Gordon and Bruce Wayne face the chaos Gotham City has become. Their mission to keep the city safe becomes more complicated, as the villains who survived the attack on the city begin to resurface and claim various territories. Meanwhile, Selina Kyle grapples with how to deal with her uncertain future.|
|2||"Legend of the Dark Knight: Trespassers"||Louis Shaw Milito||Danny Cannon||January 10, 2019|
Gordon and Bullock investigate a location where several kids have been kidnapped. Barbara proves to be an unlikely ally to Gordon. Meanwhile, Bruce looks into an alleged witch with healing powers for Selina, and Nygma deals with demons of his own.
|3||"Legend of the Dark Knight: Penguin, Our Hero"||Rob Bailey||Tze Chun||January 17, 2019|
|With the creation of Haven as a safe place for refugees, Gordon hopes to stop the gang-fighting in Gotham. Selina is determined to find Jeremiah and convinces Bruce to help her. Meanwhile, Penguin goes to Haven to reclaim his staff.|
|4||"Legend of the Dark Knight: Ruin"||Nathan Hope||Chad Fiveash
|January 24, 2019|
|Gordon and Penguin are forced to work together and alliances are shaken when Lucius, Nygma and Barbara all have different ideas of the culprit behind recent events at Haven. Meanwhile, Selina continues her quest for revenge against Jeremiah.|
|5||"Legend of the Dark Knight: Pena Dura"||Mark Tonderai||Iturri Sosa||January 31, 2019|
|A military task force, led by Eduardo Dorrance is called in to provide relief to Gotham. Meanwhile, Nygma looks for answers from Penguin, who leads him back to Hugo Strange. Then, Bruce is concerned about Selina's recent behavior.|
|6||"Legend of the Dark Knight: 13 Stitches"||Ben McKenzie||Seth Boston||February 14, 2019|
|Gordon assembles an unlikely team to protect Gotham from Eduardo Dorrance and his Delta Force. Just as Lee Thompkins resurfaces, Barbara reveals shocking news that will change Gordon's life forever. Meanwhile, Selina and Penguin team up to outsmart fellow villain Magpie.|
|7||"Legend of the Dark Knight: Ace Chemicals"||John Stephens||Tze Chun||February 21, 2019|
|Gordon races to uncover the criminal element threatening to end talks of Gotham's reunification with the mainland. A very much alive Jeremiah returns and organizes a twisted recreation of the murder of Bruce's parents with the help of Jervis Tetch.|
|8||"Legend of the Dark Knight: Nothing's Shocking"||Kenneth Fink||Seth Boston||February 28, 2019|
|Bullock's past comes back to haunt him when he and Gordon investigate two murders at Sirens. Meanwhile, Bruce and Alfred explore the tunnels beneath the city, and Penguin and Nygma's plans to escape are thwarted by the least likely of suspects.|
|9||"Legend of the Dark Knight: The Trial of Jim Gordon"||Erin Richards||Ben McKenzie||March 7, 2019|
|After Gordon is shot in an attempt to establish a cease-fire, he hallucinates a trial for his life that could have deadly real consequences. Meanwhile, Ivy returns and puts her spell on Bruce, leaving Selina to defend herself. Lee has a life-changing moment as Barbara and Penguin consider their next moves.|
|10||"Legend of the Dark Knight: I Am Bane"||Kenneth Fink||James Stoteraux
|March 21, 2019|
|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.|
|11||"Legend of the Dark Knight: They Did What?"||Carol Banker||Tze Chun||April 18, 2019|
|As Bane enacts his final plan for Gotham’s destruction, Gordon rallies his former enemies to save the city. Meanwhile, Nyssa al Ghul kidnaps Barbara’s newborn daughter with ambitions to raise her as her own. Then, Bruce’s decision to leave Gotham points him to his destiny, while devastating Selina.|
|12||"Legend of the Dark Knight: The Beginning..."||Rob Bailey||John Stephens||April 25, 2019|
|The series flash-forwards 10 years into the future, as Bruce is set to return to Gotham for the opening of the new Wayne Tower. A series of crimes leads Gordon to believe Penguin and The Riddler are up to their old tricks. However, when Bullock is framed for a murder, Gordon begins to piece together an even more sinister plot targeting the city, and a new figure emerges from the shadows to be the hero Gotham desperately needs.|
Character promotional images
- The subtitle for the fifth season, Legend of the Dark Knight, pays homage to the 1989 comic book series Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight.
- The season was meant to have 22 episodes, with a lot more episodes dealing with the gangs and freaks that carved out territories in No Man's Land. However, due to Fox cancelling it, the season was cut in half.