After taking next week off, Gotham will return with an all-new episode that will finally bring Shane West's Eduardo Dorrance/Bane to the forefront. The character was last seen two episodes ago in "13 Stitches," where a fight between Jim Gordon and the villain left Dorrance severely wounded. Bane would then be born when Secretary Walker outfitted her triggerman with a mask that would save his life.
Since then, Gotham has slowed things down with a couple of episodes that focused on Harvey Bullock and Jim Gordon, respectively. However, things look set to kick into high gear when the Fox series returns with "I Am Bane." A new promo for the upcoming episode reveals that the Batman villain will take the streets of Gotham City by storm.
In the promo, Shane West's Bane is now fully formed. He has the mask and his costume, his own muzzled voice and he's got the super-strength that is signature to the character. Worse still, it appears as if the series will bring an iconic moment from the comic books to life on the small screen -- albeit with a different character.
In the source material, Bane is famous for breaking Batman's back. After a grueling fight, a triumphant Bane lifted a weary Caped Crusader over his head and broke his back with his knee. In the "I Am Bane" promo, we see that Gotham will pay homage to that scene -- but it won't be Bruce Wayne on the receiving end of the super-powered villain's wrath. No, it will be his butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
The scene glimpsed in the promo reveals that instead of his knee, Bane will use a column to break Alfred's back, but the nod to the comics is unmistakable. Unfortunately, it looks like Alfred will be in terrible shape following this brutal confrontation with Bane.
Gotham will resume in two weeks for its final three episodes, which include a series finale that is set a decade in the series' future.
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 and Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth.