*Warning: Minor spoilers for Gotham ahead. Read at your own risk.*
Gotham fans wept the day that Cameron Monaghan's wonderfully psychotic Jerome Valeska was killed. Monaghan's portrayal of the character — a former Arkham Asylum inmate who's been teased as a young version of the Joker — received critical acclaim from fans, with many understandably devastated by his death.
However, you can put that sinister smile back on your face because in a new interview with Zap2It, Gotham executive producer John Stephens confirmed that we have not seen the last of Jerome. As Stephens said:
"It's 100% our intention to bring Jerome back"
Thankfully that's not all. Despite Jerome's imminent return, Stephens also confirmed that the maniac's impact will be felt throughout the third season as they develop the cult of the Jerome:
“We’re going to be playing it again this year and basically extending the idea of the cult of Jerome. We’re building the architecture for him to come back.”
Stephens went even further during a recent summer TV press tour, stating:
“You’ll have these underground movements that have started to talk about Jerome and what he represented and how he’s going to come back like in the days of John the Baptist,” he teases during a summer TV press tour panel. “Setting the stage that if there is a Season 4, hopefully we’ll bring that back in a much bigger way and you’ll see these different versions of the Joker myth.”
It may be a bit of a wait for Jerome's return, but that's something we can deal with. The character brought a whole new level of crazy and ultimately became the biggest threat the show has seen so far. His return will have repercussions for the show but we couldn't be happier that he's back.
The Mythology of The Joker
The cult of Jerome and his inevitable return means that Gotham is starting to drop the seeds for the Joker, with the rise of Jerome serving as the show's interpretation of the Joker's origin. We've followed origin stories for Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin and Selina Kyle/Catwoman, and perhaps now is the time for Gotham to reinterpret the greatest villain of them all.
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Gotham is known for it's unique interpretations of Batman characters — like Barbara Keene, whose character took a strange turn during the first and second seasons. Turning Jerome into the Joker would be another wild reinvention, signaling that Gotham City will never be the same again.
Competition for Oswald Cobblepot
Although Gotham has portrayed many of the Batman villains, Oswald Cobblepot is the only mainstay, and let's face it, he's practically running the city. Actor Robin Lord Taylor is arguably the best thing about Gotham, so his constant presence is more than welcome. However, mixing up the dynamic a bit would be a great move for the show, and with Jerome's cult truly beginning, Oswald could face some competition as the king of Gotham.
Additionally, a team up between Oswald and Jerome would be most welcome. Some of the best Batman adaptations have featured pairings between the Penguin and the Joker, and such an alliance could be catastrophic for Gotham City. Adding to this, both Monaghan and Taylor are excellent actors and their characters are constantly catalysts for change. An alliance between the two would establish a new status quo in the city's criminal underworld, creating even more trouble for Jim Gordon (Ben Ben McKenzie) and his allies.
Cameron Monaghan Is Excellent
Despite only appearing in a handful of episodes, Cameron Monaghan completely stole the show. Jerome is arguably the best thing that Gotham has produced and that's mainly down to Monaghan's acclaimed performance.
Monaghan's performance as Jerome is up there will Heath Ledger and Jack Nicholson's takes on the Joker, and some would even rank him higher. He captured that signature laugh remarkably and his performance continues to stick in my head. While watching Monaghan in action as Jerome, it's hard to believe that the same actor plays Ian Gallagher in Shameless. Monaghan taps into a completely different character here and despite only appearing in four episodes, he made an impact that has been cemented in Batman mythology. I'm excited to see what happens next.
Gotham continues to thrive as it heads into its third season. With so much to look forward to, Season 3 will arguably be it's best yet. As a viewer, I couldn't be more excited. Gotham is known for it's unique take on important Batman characters and storylines, and Jerome's story is the greatest of them all. The cult is about to take over and Gotham City had better watch out — Jerome's return is imminent.
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