WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for the May 10 episode of Gotham.
Jeremiah delivers “One Bad Day” tonight in the penultimate episode of Gotham's fourth season. Driven insane by a chemical concoction commissioned by his psychotic twin brother, the fan-favorite Jerome (Cameron Monaghan), last week Jeremiah attempted in to blow up Jim Gordon. Worse, after obtaining multiple generators from Wayne Enterprises, he's now poised to level much of the city.
Ahead of the series' pre-season finale episode, executive producer John Stephens spoke with CBR about Jeremiah’s mad scheme, and putting Gotham's twist on the Alan Moore and Brian Bolland's classic graphic novel The Killing Joke. We also discussed and Penguin’s big power grab.
CBR: Gotham City has always teetered on the brink of anarchy. How close is it to being pushed over the edge?
John Stephens: Oh, it’s pretty close. Its toes are dangling over the edge. At a certain point, we kept driving up to the edge and saying, “How close can we get to anarchy without going over the edge?” This year, we made the decision to just go over the edge. Let’s see what happens to the characters when they are in a much crazier universe than they are now.
Jeremiah obviously has grander ambitions than simply murdering Jim Gordon. Now that he has multiple generators in his possession, what is Jeremiah’s endgame?
There’s the endgame that he has in his mind, and then there’s another that evolves at the end of tonight’s episode. The one he has in his mind that plays out stems from a plan he came up with in his bunker. We wanted to be true to the idea of who his character was, one who is driven by paranoia and agoraphobia – where he doesn’t want to be outside – but, also someone who is an engineer and obsessed with mazes. We said, “How can we have that work out on a megalomaniacal scale?” He is going to blow up a variety of buildings in Gotham in order to have them fall, almost like trees in a forest, to create his own maze inside the city. Then, that plan evolves when he crosses with Ra’s al Ghul at the end of [the episode]. Their plans sort of come together.