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Gotham Just Debuted a Major Batman Ally

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for this week's episode of Gotham, "I Am Bane," which aired Thursday on Fox.

Ever since Barbara Kean revealed that she was pregnant with Jim Gordon's child, Gothamhas kept audiences us wondering which direction the show would take. After all, in the comics, the two characters are mother and daughter to Barbara Gordon, who eventually became Batgirl, but they're also the parents of James Gordon Jr., a dangerous serial killer.

For the past month, we've been wondering which road Gotham would travel with this pregnancy. Would Barbara give birth to twins, knocking down two birds with stone? Would her pregnancy adhere to the comics at all, or, as the series has often done, play around with the source material? Or, would she even survive long enough to give birth? She does, after all, have a pretty long list of people who would rather see her dead than alive.

The answer finally comes in the series' latest episode, "I Am Bane," where Barbara goes into labor -- and gives birth to a healthy baby girl.

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"I Am Bane" starts with a considerable time jump from the previous episode. As we learn, it's now been a full year since Gotham's bridges were destroyed, and the city is on the verge of reunification with the mainland. This explains why, when we see Barbara, she's all but ready to give birth.

Of course, this being Gotham, the actual delivery happens in the craziest way possible; Barbara is in a wheelchair, shooting guns out of both hands as Leslie Thompkins pushes her towards safety. The truth is, this birth couldn't come at a worse time. Secretary Walker has just revealed herself to be Nyssa Al Ghul, and she's out to get revenge on the two people who killed her father Ra's in the Season 4 finale: Bruce Wayne and Barbara Kean.

Nyssa's blunt weapon, Bane, is dispatched to find Barbara, and to the show's credit, there's actually enough tension to have us believe that maybe, just maybe, the mother-to-be will actually die before she gets the chance to give birth. Thankfully, that's not the case, and with some help, Leslie delivers Barbara's baby girl.

Now sure, with so much happening around them, Barbara doesn't have the time to give the baby a name, but hardcore Bat-fans know that this is, without a doubt, Barbara Gordon, the future Batgirl.

As the episode comes to an end, Barbara, with her young baby in her arms, comes face to face with Nyssa. The meeting is foreboding and implies that Barbara may not survive this confrontation. After all, how better to have Barbara Gordon inherit her mother's name? If Barbara dies, it would make sense for Jim and Leslie to name the child Barbara, after her mother.

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Now, the big question is whether we'll see a 10 year old Barbara Gordon in Gotham's series finale. We know the final episode is set to take place a decade in the future; will this be the time where she sees the Batman in action, and get the inspiration to become a superhero herself?

Airing Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox, Gotham stars Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Robin Lord Taylor as Penguin, Camren Bicondova as Selina Kyle, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth and Shane West as Bane.

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