In last year’s finale, Jim Gordon left Gotham to find Leslie. How’s that working out for him?
Finally, how does this premiere set things into motion for the rest of the season?
Not great. Not great at all. In the premiere, he went down there to make a bold declaration of love and found her happier with someone else. So, Jim is really down in the dumps. And not just sad. Nihilistic is more accurate. We sort of talked about the character in “The Hurt Locker” when we were talking about Gordon, as somebody who doesn’t have a lot to live for and isn’t afraid of death the way you should be. Maybe he’s like Mel Gibson in “Lethal Weapon,” that kind of vibe, where he’s a bit more reckless and careless. His friends will definitely take notice of this. It’s a different Jim. It’s a scarier, on-edge Jim.
The other thing is the Gordon and Lee’s heartbreaking emotional story. There are a lot of shows that would have had Gordon go down to see Lee and she was waiting for him. We chose to go the exact opposite way. We wanted to break these people up and break their hearts. They do still love each other, but there’s miscommunication or misunderstanding. Sometimes Lee was doing what was right for her. Gordon loves her so much that he allows her to do what is best for Lee because he believes he’s probably dangerous for her. That’s one of the things that is going to play out in a huge way in the first-half finale and then continue to play out for the rest of the season. If there’s a heart to our show, it’s Bruce and Gordon. On the emotional romance side, this story is the gut-wrencher for us.http://www.cbr.com/gotham-ep-details-the-shows-descent-into-madness-in-season-three/
Executive producer Ken Woodruff reveals why the this season's tagline changed from "Heroes Will Fall" and discusses showrunner Bruno Heller's recent controversial remarks.http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/gotham-season-3-tagline-change-929577
Interview: ‘Gotham’ Producer on Leaving Gotham City, Valerie Vale and Council of Owlshttp://www.slashfilm.com/gotham-season-3-interview/
Valerie Vale gets flirty with Jim, but how is she pushing his buttons at the same time?
What was really important to us is, Valerie is the kind of character that will get the better of Jim. She definitely gets the better of him in the second episode. He handcuffed her to a car, [and] she’s not the kind of woman who is going to let that fly. She’s going to get back at him, but she’s going to do so in a very smart, clever way. It’s much more two alphas going toe to toe. She can dish it out.http://www.cbr.com/gothams-ep-on-jims-rock-bottom-butch-tabithas-romance-more/