Gotham has gone on for 10 episodes now, and still hasn't resolved one of it's most central plot-lines: the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Many suspects have arisen, with all of them so far being ruled out as innocent of this specific crime. If you haven't been watching the show, then there's going to be a few mild spoilers to come, and it's definitely worth checking out to form your own opinion on it. But for the rest of us who have either seen the show up to episode 10, or just don't care about spoilers, here's who I think should be responsible, as well as a run-down for who I think will end up being responsible.
So, first off, who should it be? Well, if you ask me, it should be the same guy it's always been, the man who shot Bruce's parents 75 years ago, and has continued to do so on dozens of occasions since then:
Why? Because the Batman origin story has undergone many rethinks and rewrites, and yet it always seems to come full circle and manages to end up right where it started: with Joe Chill gunning down Thomas and Martha as the leave the cinema/theatre with Bruce purely on an impulse for their money and Martha's pearl necklace. But why shouldn't 'Gotham' spice things up with a little conspiracy? Because there's a reason that the story always ends up with a random punk gunning them down for little reason. It's the foundation of Batman's drive. You see, half of the core element of Bruce Wayne's story that makes it so iconic and timeless is that it was a random jock with a revolver who tears apart his whole life with two bullets. As a result, Batman's goal isn't to stop conspiracies, or to prevent city-wide disaster, it's to save absolutely every life he physically can, regardless of the loss on his part. The other half of the core is vengeance. It's his anger and instability that drives him to go out and fight crime every night because, deep down, it makes him feel good. That's another thing that makes Joe Chill being any random punk is significant: Bruce direct's his hatred at scum like him. Bruce's witnessing of his parents murder is something he doesn't resolve properly, and it burns him, always. Some of the best Batman stories show how he's barely able to go a day without being haunted by how he could have done something about one man. If it were a conspiracy or a professional job, he wouldn't have that guilt that drives him beyond the humanly possible to prevent others having the same experience.
But with the way things are shaping up in Gotham, it looks like I'm not going to get my way. And with the story centering on Jim Gordon rather than Batman, it's not the end of the world, so long as they make a good murder-mystery out of it in the end. So with that said, who are the most likely candidates to have commissioned the deaths of the Waynes?
Being the head of almost all of the crime in Gotham means that whenever anyone dies, the first suspicion has to always be that the order came from the very top. However, while I wouldn't rule him out completely, I have serious reservations that he had any hand in it. The death of the Waynes upset Gotham's power balance, which basically put him at the top of the food chain, whereas now he has to cope with a series of power struggles within the crime family. So he didn't really have much to gain that we can see currently.
This one is much more likely in my humble (yet always right) opinion. Maroni has made no secret of the fact that he wants Falcone's place, and seems to be the one who has reacted fastest to, and benefited most from, the death of the Waynes. He is now actively engaged in a power struggle with Falcone that was sparked by the Wayne murder, which would imply he could have been behind it. There's no solid links beyond that though, so I'm far from convinced that he was in any way connected, but I wouldn't be surprised if it turns out to be the case.
Another mob boss who's after Falcone's head, we know Fish actually had a hand in leading the police down a false trail during their investigation into the murder, putting her front and center on the list of suspects. She also has similar motivations to Maroni; upsetting balance in the chain of command may give her a chance to come out on top, which is exactly what she wants. All of this makes her a very likely candidate for involvement in the crime.
In the episode 'Lovecraft', the titular character reveals that he's just a small cog in a large machine. Now that could easily just mean he was linked to the mob, but the idea that first walked into my head when he said it was that he was part of the corruption that has been revealed to have manifested itself into Wayne Enterprises. So whoever leads that specific program could very plausibly be connected to the Wayne murders themselves. Maybe to even gain control of the company?
So those are my thoughts on the Murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne. Do you agree with me? Are there any other suspects that I missed? Whatever your thoughts, feel free to share them in the comments and until next time guys, enjoy your lives.