They Did What? saw our heroes and villains work together to defeat Bane and Nyssa al Ghoul. The people of Gotham banded together for their own reasons to preserve their city from destruction. Each has to step up to bring success.
What Nyssa Has Planned:
Nyssa wants to see her father’s vision come to pass. Nothing will stand in her way. She has Babs and the baby at City Hall. General Wade reports that the full army force has landed. On her command they are ordered to destroy the green zone and the people of Gotham. The commander balks at that but is quickly killed by Bane. Nyssa gives Barbara the same speech she gave Bruce about watching Gotham burn and then allowing her to die. What really got to Babs was her child being raised and an al Ghul.
Bane and the army arrive at the wall where a united front of the GCPD, Bruce, Riddler and Penguin. They fight is going OK until Bane pulls out a bazooka and blasts a hole in the wall. Our force falls back to the GCPD and Bruce has a plan. Lucius radios that the General’s signal is coming from City Hall. Selina confirms that Nyssa has Barbara there too. So Jim orders the GCPD and the refugees to the tunnels.
Jim takes out some of the guards, but Nyssa has him surrounded and she has the baby. Jim and Barbara lay down their weapons. Nyssa challenges Jim to unarmed combat. All that League training puts Jim at a great disadvantage. He manages to cuff Nyssa and get the knife to Babs. Together they take out the guards and stabby Babs stabs Nyssa with the same knife that killed her father. Nyssa orders General Wade to kill himself so the commands cannot be revoked and she escapes. She found out about Riddler & Penguin’s sub and uses it to get off the island.
Back at the GCPD, Lee check out the baby and she is fine. Jim orders Lee, Babs and the rest to use the tunnels to get to the subway system and escape. He and the other officers will hold Bane and the army off.
What Will It Take To Stop Bane?:
Bane is ready to bring Gotham down. After the wall is breached, Bruce knows what to do. He is going to take the Jeremiah’s power generator and use it like a bomb to bring down buildings to slow the army’s progress. He and Selina volunteer since Lucius and Lee are needed at the GCPD. At the Wayne Enterprises building, Bruce reflects back on his good times there with Alfred waiting on his parents. They sacrificed so much to save the city and he is willing to do the same. They set the bomb and run. The tower comes down and blocks the army, for a short while.
On their way back to the GCPD, they encounter Bane. Five years of training and work still have not prepared them for this. Bane says friends and family are a liability in war. He looks forward to watching Bruce as he kills Selina. Selina stabs Bane and Bruce attacks. He has gotten tech from Lucius. One piece is the Nightwing project. It is stealth tech that hides planes from radar, but it attacks bats. Bruce plants it on Banes back and the bats attack.
Later, Jim, Harvey, Riddler, Penguin, Bruce, Selina and the GCPD stand up to Bane and the army. Things are not looking good, but Lee, Babs and all the refugees come out to stand with them. Bane orders them shot but the army does not comply. Jim says they can stand with Bane or join them. The draw on Bane and his men and the battle is won.
Jim finally gets to enjoy holding his girl. Babs says her name is Barbara Lee Gordon, so she knows who she can trust in Gotham. The new mayor makes Jim commissioner. Bruce tells him he is leaving Gotham. He wants to be out of the public eye and to keep forces who oppose him away. He can’t tell Selina in person so he gives her a note.
At the airport, Alfred says he will start rebuilding Wayne Manor and Enterprises tomorrow. In a touching speech he says he never tried to replace Bruce’s parents. But Bruce is the only son he will have, and he is proud of him. Bruce boards the plane and flies off. Selina makes it to the airport in enough time to see him fly off.
What the Future Holds:
Penguin and Riddler are ready to leave Gotham. But Penguin just cannot do it. He cannot leave the town that made him. Riddler pleads with him, but he won’t give in. At the GCPD, Penguin says that Gotham is a part of him and he cannot stand by and see it leveled and remade. The Riddler comes in to lend his support. This is just in time because Bane is on the way. We see the bookend of the beginning of the season with the forces banding together to defend the city. During the battle, Penguin shields Riddler from a grenade. His eye is damaged, but he is OK. They battle with the GCPD and help save the city.
After it is all over they are bitter. They get no thanks or respect for the roles they played in saving the city. Ed says that he only saved to city so he could rule it. Oswald jumps in and agrees. They will stand together as brothers to rule the city. They embrace in a hug. Both have knives to the other’s back, but neither stab. A new work begins for them.
They Did What? took us back to the first shot we saw in the season premier. The No Man’s Land situation was brought on by Jeremiah and Ra’s al Ghul seeking to control Bruce. The resolution could not be stoped by just Bruce or even Jim. It took the entire city banding together and standing up to break through. I loved the episode because each of the people we have grown to love stood up and helped fight for the city. Each had their own reasons, but they worked together to save the flawed and gritty city they love. This could have easily have been the series finale. It closed story lines and celebrated the characters we know and love. But it will be fun to jump 10 year in the future and see what Gotham is like at the start of Batman’s career.
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 in the all-new “The Beginning…” series finale episode of GOTHAM airing Thursday, April 25 (8:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (GTH-510) (TV-14 L, V)
Camren’s Says Goodbye to Selina:
In a Twitter post she explained her reasons and thanked everyone involved. Lili Simmons will take over the roll for the final episode.Please take the time to read her heartfelt thoughts and wishes. We at Gotham Undercover, thank her so much for her great portrayal and hard work! https://twitter.com/camrenbicondova/status/1119316098166423552
Entertainment Weekly’s Article:
EW has an article on the series finale. The article also has two photos of Lili Simmons as the adult Selina. Check it out here: https://ew.com/tv/2019/04/19/gotham-series-finale-first-look-lili-simmons-adult-selina-kyle/
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