It’s been a long and complicated road for the Clown Prince of Crime on Fox’s Batman origin television series, Gotham. First, the producers of the show told us that, throughout the series, we would get many possible Jokers, equating the character’s origin story to Batman: The Killing Joke's idea of a multiple choice answer.
At first, this idea was translated thanks to the inclusion of a failed comedian, the Red Hood Gang and even a cult of Joker-inspired lunatics. But Gotham also struck gold with the addition of Cameron Monaghan’s Jerome/Jeremiah Valeska, twin characters most fans accepted to be the series' true version of the Joker. There have been some curve balls along the way, but after almost five years, Monaghan is still a part of the show, and more Joker than ever before.
In fact, it appears as if we can finally confirm that Monaghan will be a part of the series for its fifth and final season.
Earlier today, the actor posted a cryptic image of himself in a striped suit and purple gloves, with the caption, “Back on the small screen, time to play.” However, Monaghan then quickly deleted the picture from his account, sparking all manner of speculation. Thankfully, a Reddit user was fast enough to save the picture and share it.
Was his return supposed to be secret? Or is Monaghan simply having a bit of fun? There had been previous teases that the Joker would somehow factor into the final season of Gotham, although we didn’t know how. Now however, we have some fuel to throw on the fire. Will Jeremiah finally transform into the Joker we all know, or will his presence lead to the arrival of another character who will become the true Clown Prince of Crime?
Monaghan’s Jeremiah Valeska was last seen in the Gotham Season 4 finale, where he had formed an alliance with Ra’s Al Ghul to destroy Bruce Wayne’s city. It’s safe to assume that Valeska is now roaming the streets of a desolate Gotham City, and that he will return to challenge the future Dark Knight once again.
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 and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth. The series is expected to return for its fifth and final season in January 2019.